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FL: Are there other TV shows or movies that influence The Cleaner?

WB: We're not going to have a happy ending every time. It doesn't work that way; that's not the real world. It's not that at the end of every episode William's the hero and everything's okay now. That's not it. And so looking around at other TV shows, you know, I see a lot of good stuff out there. Intervention is good—it's a thing where they've laid out a lot of real deal stuff. But more importantly, it's what really happens in the world. It doesn't have to be reality TV, but let's see what's really happening. … I'd love to compare something for you, but I love hero shows. I like shows that have a guy who is really a failure who can dust himself off and climb back up and help other people. I love shows that have people helping other people.

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