Premium- Friends -A Quick Reminisce About 'Friends,' 'Seinfeld,' And 'Law & Order' With The Man Who Made Them Happen
Warren Littlefield has been a champion of gender equality in television for decades. As the former president of entertainment at NBC, Littlefield consistently called on creators to add more women to their casts. (Littlefield is the reason S. Epatha Merkerson’s Anita Van Buren took over the squad on Law & Order, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Elaine Benes joined the guys on Seinfeld, and Jennifer Aniston wasn’t replaced on Friends when there were complications with her being on a competing CBS show.)
We spoke to Littlefield — he's an executive producer of The Handmaid's Tale — about how the show lays the groundwork for a Testament's spinoff, but with a resume like his, we had to get a little nostalgic.
Below, we reminisce a bit about his work on your favorite NBC shows.
The Dipp: What’s it like being the man behind a generation’s TV obsessions?
Warren Littlefield: Thank you! [Laughs] That’s a very generous way of putting it. I don’t think of myself as a visionary. I think of myself as someone who is able to recognize a vision, whether it comes in [The Handmaid's Tale's] Bruce Miller’s writing or Reed Morano’s directing. I try to find people who have a vision and then protect that vision. I think because of my experience and my age, big corporations which write checks tend to trust my creative intuition. And hopefully what comes out of this are the strong, unique points of view that audiences embrace. I love that role, because the challenge is different every time.