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I flunked three grades before I got out of high school.
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So many people get involved with carrying grudges and having these moral battles with people, where they cast themselves as the righteous and the other guy is the dirtbag. They waste tons of energy on it, create all kinds of darkness around themselves and the other person. It gets you nothing.

— Stephen J. Cannell

I love 'Dexter.' The dark sense of humor is wonderful.

— Stephen J. Cannell

A lot of making TV is lightening in a bottle.

— Stephen J. Cannell

I can write a book in probably three months.

— Stephen J. Cannell

I was born in L.A. County Hospital, but I grew up in Pasadena. I married my 8th grade sweetheart, Marcia.

— Stephen J. Cannell

Everyone starts out desperately trying to make a hit, but some people are just more mistake-prone than others. I happened to be fairly mistake-prone. Of the 40 shows I made, I'd say ten were hits, which is a pretty good average.

— Stephen J. Cannell

I believe in three-act structure. When I say that to novel people, or people in the world of books, they go, 'Well, that's a film thing.' However, even a good joke has three acts.

— Stephen J. Cannell

The character's attitude is more important than plot.

— Stephen J. Cannell

Since I was the stupidest kid in my class, it never occurred to me to try and be perfect, so I've always been happy as a writer just to entertain myself. That's an easier place to start.

— Stephen J. Cannell

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