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Bruno Heller

  • English writer
  • Born 1960

Bruno Heller (born 1960) is an English screenwriter, producer and director. He is known for creating the HBO television series Rome and CBS television series The Mentalist. He has recently produced the TV series Gotham – based on the Batman franchise – for FOX.


It gives me vertigo to watch TV dramas.




The evil of storytelling is you're trying to make the audience complicit in murder - 'Kill the guy! Jump him!' And then once you've done it, it's like, 'I've killed this guy, now what?'




Never name a show after a character if you want to be the guy running the show.




You name the TV psychic - they're con men.




You always think, no matter how many times you fail, that the next time you will succeed. Otherwise you wouldn't keep trying.




There is a place for visionaries and the avant-garde in this world, but not at 9 o'clock on a network.




I think when people talk about lighter drama, they tend to use that term, not derogatorily, but 'lighter' means sort of less to a degree, but if you're an actor, light drama is often mistaken for easier drama.




When I've had hard times in my life, the one thing about being in TV is that it's positive. I withdrew to 'Cheers,' it was familiar in that it was family. It had a kind of realistic positiveness to it.



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