Former "Tracey Takes On" Writer, and "Weeds" Creator, Jenji Kohan On Working With Tracey

Q. Before creating the antiheroine played by Mary-Louise Parker on "Weeds," you worked on several shows with women at their center, including "Tracey Takes On" and "Gilmore Girls."

A. "Tracey" [starring Tracey Ullman] was a huge turning point for me. What I learned on "Tracey" was how to run a healthy show. . . . I also learned I am not a performer. We'd turn in our drafts and the whole room would take parts and read them out and perform them for Tracey . . . I was the joke slayer. I hear it all in my head but it just doesn't come out of my mouth right.