APRIL | MAY 2014 VOL. 18 ISSUE 3 W ritten B y THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST © COLUMNS 12 POV BY JAMES BRIAN BERG When a gay couple doesn’t want marriage but learns they must wed, what next? 32 Pride and Racial Prejudice 36 In the Soup BY LISA ROSEN HBO’s political satire Veep reverberates with the smuttiest (and funniest) language on American TV, thanks to Armando Iannucci and his irreverent pack. 44 What Do You Want to Do, Paddy? 16 TRIBUTE BY MARGARET OBERMAN The late Harold Ramis had a hippie heart. BY DAVID GRITTEN Misan Sagay solves a mystery and transforms a haunting 18th-century portrait of an unknown lady of African descent into Belle . BY DAVID POLLOCK Despite his masterful Marty and Network, legendary screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky only attempted one television pilot. Here’s why. 18 FROM THE VAULT BY SANDRA BERG Lorenzo Semple Jr: 1923–2014. 22 TAKE FIVE BY LOUISE FARR How Jonathan Fernandez robbed the mob. 26 THE JOB BY MATTHEW CARNAHAN Transforming House of Lies into truth or dare. 28 FILM LIT BY CHESTER AARON A first writing experience that really is first of a kind. 30 TOOLS BY CASEY MAXWELL CLAIR Screenwriters discover a fairy-tale castle called DreamAgo. DEPARTMENTS 6 FADE IN 14 WRITERS’ ROOM 56 FADE OUT Cover portrait of Misan Sagay by Barry Marsden A Veep -esque moment as Vice President Joe Biden inadvertently exposes a top-secret binder during a press conference.