|GRANTLAND.com: Hollywood Prospectus|
Toward the end of the first season [I can see] that we ain't coming back ... we got three extra episodes ordered before that: the paintball episode, the chicken finger episode, and the food fight episode. I bothered to go a little crazy and experimental because I felt like my time in network television had come to an end. The ratings did not go up, but the critical attention started to go up. We had nothing before. Now we've got critics. [I thought,] I'm going to keep indulging myself for the second season. That's the point where I started to alienate Sony.