British television writer Paul Abbott has created and written series as diverse as "Touching Evil," "State of Play" and "Shameless."His new miniseries "Hit & Miss" premiered last week on DirectTV and stars Chloe Sevigny as a transgender contract killer who inherits a family. Abbott talks about the new show and how his rocky upbringing inspired his work.
Have you put any facets of your personal life into your shows?
"Shameless" derives from my personal life, as it is based off of my family. The Gallagher family in "Shameless" is meant to parallel the stories of my childhood. I am one of eight kids. When I was 9, my mother left home for another man. Two years later, my father left us too. My siblings and I were then left in the care of my pregnant 16-year-old sister. There is a source from my childhood linked to every single story in "Shameless."
Where did the idea of "Hit & Miss" come from?
"Hit & Miss" was originally two separate show ideas. The first idea was about a transgender mother and the other was about a hit man. Both of the ideas bored me, so I decided to slam them together.