'Californication' Creator Tom Kapinos Shoots Down 'Dawson's Creek' Days


The drama on Dawson's Creek didn't just overflow from television screens at the time, but it also occurred behind the scenes. Tom Kapinos, who is best known for his latest work on Showtime's Californication, discussed his horrid past on the hit 90s show.


Kapinos was at an LA Times Envelope Emmy screenwriting series panel when he talked about his days on Dawson's Creek. He was supposed to speak about his new series starring David Duchovny, when he pointed out that his previous work was practically the inspiration for Californication.


"The idea came out of my own misery of working on Dawson's Creek," Tom Kapinos explained. "I came out here to write screenplays, and I ended up on Dawson's Creek, which was very lucrative and fun, but it was not what I wanted to do."


Thinking back on his time as an executive producer on the James Van Der Beek starrer, Kapinos revealed that it was difficult working on that show due to the actors. To him, "the experience was miserable."


The Californication creator went on to say that being on Dawson's was like a "four year boot-camp." He did survive, learning things the hard way everyday he went out to work on set.


"It was like going to TV grad school and learning how to run a television show," he said. "Anybody on that show who could make a decision was allowed to run it at some point. I inherited the very awkward college years, and I almost ran the show into the ground. But I learned everything that I needed to know about how to run a show."


When asked by a panel moderator about what made Dawson's such a chore, Kapinos simply answered: "The four monstrous actors at the core of it." The comment wasn't directly an insult to either Katie Holmes or Van Der Beek, because Kapinos went on to explain.


"They were very young, and they got very famous, and they made life miserable for any writer or producer on the show," he said.


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