Unmasked History of Scooby Doo Episode 12: Mitch Watson

This episode marks the first of a month full of Mystery Incorporated themed interviews! To kick off the month, Alexa chats with producer and head writer of the show, Mitch Watson.

Highlights of this episode include:

1- Some fun behind the scenes stories from the show.

2- What it was like to develop an overarching story for Scooby-Doo, and discussions about the timeline.

3- Chatting about the development of the characters, especially about the direction they went with Velma and Fred. Also, how setting the show in one town gave them the ability to give the gang parents, and to develop so many other recurring characters.

Make sure to listen to the episode above! Or you can read a transcript of the interview here.

Mitch generously sent me some great photos of the cast and crew from Mystery Incorporated, which you can take a look through below! As usual, they’re watermarked to ensure they don’t start circling around the Internet without credit, since Mitch was so kind to send them to me.

Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Mindy Cohn (Velma), and Michael Ryan (story editor). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Mitch Watson with Matthew Lillard (Shaggy). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Grey Griffin (Daphne) doing ADR. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Grey Griffin (Daphne) doing ADR. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Harlan Ellison. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Mitch Watson with Harlan Ellison. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Udo Kier (Professor Pericles). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Mitch Watson with Udo Kier (Professor Pericles). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Mitch Watson, Tony Cervone, Mindy Cohn (Velma), George Segal (Peter Trickell), Collette Sunderman, Spike Brandt, Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Grey Griffin (Daphne), and Frank Welker (Scooby and Fred). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Mitch Watson, Harlan Ellison, Victor Cook, and Jeffrey Combs (H.P. Hatecraft). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Richard McGonagle (Ed Machine), Dave Allen (Dr. Rick Yantz), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Joe Holt (Hugh Dederdee), Mindy Cohn (Velma), Paul Rugg, Frank Welker (Scooby and Fred), Grey Griffin (Daphne), Marion Ross (Grandma Moonbeam), Collette Sunderman, Jason Wyatt, Bianca Olivencia, and Mitch Watson. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Bianca Olivencia, Mitch Watson, Collette Sunderman, James Hong (Chen), and Victor Cook. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Udo Kier and Mitch Watson, with a chair Udo made as a gift for the birth of Mitch’s first daughter. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Grey Griffin (Daphne), and Matthew Lillard (Shaggy). Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Udo Kier (Professor Pericles) acting like his character. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Dan Krall, Derrick J. Wyatt, Victor Cook, Jerry Richardson, Mitch Watson, Jason Wyatt. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Collette Sunderman, Victor Cook, Michael J. Anderson, Mitch Watson, and Michael Ryan. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Frances Conroy (Angie Dinkley) and Collette Sunderman. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Victor Cook, Michael Ryan, Collette Sunderman, Mitch Watson, Tony Cervone, and Jay Bastian. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Michael Ryan, Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Mitch Watson, Grey Griffin (Daphne), Kate Higgins (Mayor Nettles), Collette Sunderman, Jason Wyatt, Martha Quinn, Quinton Flynn, and Tony Cervone. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.
Tony Cervone in front of the season 2 episode arcs. Photo courtesy Mitch Watson.

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