One of the great things about Twitter is that you can follow everyone from President Obama (OK, it’s not really him sitting there Tweeting) to Kim Kardashian (please don’t) to Oprah (also probably not her Tweeting). If you’ve ever thought that being inside the writer’s room of your favorite show would be an awesome, yet unattainable, experience, now you can see what they’re up to via Twitter. When they’re not busy writing and banging their head against the wall trying to come up with ideas, some writers engage with fans and give you a little glimpse into their virtual world.
As part of our ongoing series about who to follow on Twitter, we put together a list of our top five writer’s rooms for you to check out. Some are funny, some are informative, and some might just retweet you. Take a look and see if any of your favorite shows made the cut.
The Good Wife
There are almost 60,000 fans following this feed (that’s a huge number for a writer’s room), and their Twitter bio says, “Don’t say we didn’t warn you.” If you love this CBS show about defense attorney Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), you might want to check out what this writer’s room is up to. They’re not too cool to interact with followers, which is always refreshing. They post articles about the cast and the show, they let you know when a cast member will be on a talk show, and they pose questions that you can answer to show how totally enamored with the show you really are. They also live Tweet episodes on occasion.
It makes sense that a show this fun – and funny – would have a writer’s room feed with the same humorous tone. The scribes writing this ensemble comedy about a group of endearingly dysfunctional Chicago friends are having a grand old time on Twitter judging by their feed. They will often post “for fans only” pictures (from set or the writers’ room), inside jokes, and they’ll retweet the cast and directors so that you know what the whole crew is up to. They also Tweet scenes from their favorite flicks like Dumb and Dumber for your viewing pleasure.
How I Met Your Mother
This feed (with a Twitter avatar that’s a still from The Dick Van Dyke Show) looks like it is taking a little break since the season eight finale, but they’ll be back with more fun, informative Tweets soon so don’t miss out. They often link to photos on their Tumblr of fascinating things like what they’re eating for lunch (koji truck!), to pics of the writers sitting on each others shoulders (awww), to writers dressed in crazy Hot Dog on a Stick outfits. It feels personal, and not someone Tweeting ads or making statements like “Watch us tonight 10pm.” If you’re a fan of the show, definitely check it out. It will make you feel like you’re on the inside!
The bio for this one is dry and funny: “The show is on Wednesdays at 10 on USA, but we’re here all the time.” Writers tend to live at work during a season so they’re probably totally serious. This USA comedy is about a police consultant who is so good at solving crimes the Santa Barbara Police Department is convinced he’s actually psychic. The feed has almost 40,000 followers, which is pretty impressive for a writer’s room. Whoever is Tweeting interacts with people, posts a lot of good info, and gives hints about upcoming episodes. They’re also fond of retweeting Dr. Woody M.E. (@WoodySBPD) who Tweets gems like “I’ve never met a spleen I didn’t like. #organlove #psychseason7.” It’s a fun, lighthearted feed that won’t disappoint fans of the show.
Since this is a fairly new show, they don’t have tens of thousands of followers – yet. Right now there are about 6,000 fans following this feed, and it’s a good mix of information and cheeky humor. They’ll share pictures from the set and give some commentary during episodes that are airing. They also retweet star and “professional pretender” Jonny Lee Miller often. They interact with fans, and Tweet hilarious, completely nonsensical things like, “Fun fact: I have cod liver oil every morning, which disgusts my wife. I made Sherlock like it so I’d have an ally.” Ah, the things you can learn about your favorite writers on Twitter.