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Rob McElhenney
The gestation of a sitcom, stretch marks and all
The gestation of a sitcom, stretch marks and all

No wonder sitcom creators liken getting a series on the air to creating a child; months or years of development need to combine with patience, love and the willingness to modify and tweak a concept until it hurts. Here, we talk with some of TV's top sitcom (and one dramedy) heads about those first-show birthing pains and learn just what they were up to the night baby took its first steps on the airwaves. Robert Carlock ('30 Rock') In the beginning: "The whole first year we were dumb enough not to realize how hard it was to do what we were trying to do. We just walked blissfully like babies into it." Needs fixing: Adjusting the Jack (Alec Baldwin) and Liz...

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