Variety has a new podcast, called “Remote Controlled,” featuring interviews with people in front of and behind the camera. This week’s guest is Judd Apatow, the guy whose show “Freaks and Geeks” was so terribly mistreated by NBC in 1999. The writer-director-producer has gone on to find movie success, and TV success, too, with “Girls” and “Crashing” on HBO and “Lady Dynamite” and “Love” on Netflix, but he is still scarred from his adventures in network bumbling.
“There is nothing that has made my life better than not working for network television,” he says to the magazine’s Cynthia Littleton. “It’s creativity with a gun to your head. They can cancel you at any moment.” On HBO and Netflix, he says, you generally don’t get interrupted during a season. “It’s not like you’re in the middle of your series and [Netflix’s] Ted Sarandos walks on the set and says ‘Unplug it.’ You’re getting to finish at least.”
Get ready for some big thoughts about and nostalgia for “Freaks and Geeks,” by the way. Next year is the show’s 20th anniversary.