The laughs on “The Millers” may seem to come easily, but the process leading up to the final product can be quite an endurance test. Star Will Arnett went over details of a typical week that’s anything but typical. “You really do have to be on your toes,” he explained last month.
Monday: The cast goes through a table read, a standard practice for TV shows in which everyone sits in a square and goes over the dialogue with scripts in hand. When the actors are done, the behind-the-scenes team evaluates what worked and starts rewriting the material that fell short.
Tuesday: The cast is given what is largely new material. They go through the dialogue on set with scripts in hand and the director starts blocking scenes. About 11 p.m., the performers get yet another rewritten script at home via e-mail.
Wednesday: Network and studio executives stop by to see a rehearsal and offer their thoughts.
Thursday: Camera crews shoot exterior shots, followed by yet another run-through inside.
Friday: The bulk of the show is taped in front of a live audience.