Episodes
Ben Acker (author, Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires); Preeti Chhibber (author, Spider-Man's Social Dilemma); Sarvenaz Tash (author, The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love; upcoming: A Whole Song and Dance); Lily Sparks (author, Teen Killers Club series); Halima Lucas (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur; Rugrats) talk about writing for young audiences, their work habits, letting your characters lead, and more. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS:...
Published 08/09/22
Bonnie Hunt is a comedy hero, an incredible funny writer, improvisor, and actor. If you've seen any of Bonnie's early sitcoms--The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie--then you know and love the "Bonnie Hunt voice." How she came to that voice and point of view, as well as translating it to movies like Return to Me (which she co-wrote and directed) and the new Apple+ series Amber Brown (based on the book by Paula Danziger) are discussed, along with her writing process, making television in...
Published 07/26/22
Published 07/26/22
Steve Yockey (creator, The Flight Attendant; showrunner, Dead Boy Detectives); Dennis Lehane (creator, Black Bird; The Outsider; The Wire); Yahlin Chang (Handmaid's Tale; Supergirl) LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 07/12/22
Claudia Forestieri (creator/showrunner, The Gordita Chronicles); Akilah Green (Black Monday; A Black Lady Sketch Show); Pilar Golden (creator/showrunner, Sinking Ship’s Beyond Black Beauty; Gossip Girl) LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 06/27/22
Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers) LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST  https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/podcasts/the-writers-panel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 06/14/22
Kerry Ehrin (showrunner, The Morning Show; co-creator, Bates Motel), Joby Harold (showrunner, Obi-Wan; John Wick 3; Army of the Dead), and Gina Ippolito (The Unicorn; Murphy Brown; Regular Show) talk about the overwhelming responsibility of showrunning, big stars, weighty expectations, improvising plotting, and the death of Chewbacca. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 05/24/22
Jason Katims (creator, As We See It, Parenthood); Tony McNamara (creator, The Great); The Girl from Plainville creators Liz Hannah (The Dropout; The Post) and Patrick MacManus (Dr. Death; Happy!) talk about plotting, writing for your characters, how they got their unique shows to air and how you can too! LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER...
Published 05/10/22
Robert Eggers (The VVitch; The Lighthouse) discusses his new film, The Northman, as well as his interest in research, writing a "crowd pleaser" vs "weird stories," self-awareness, influences, and more. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 05/03/22
The Chelsea Detective team, creator Peter Fincham (former BBC/ITV director) and writers Glen Laker (Vera, Prime Suspect: 1972) and Liz Lake (Footballers Wives; Eastenders) discuss the challenges of a writing a classic-feeling detective show, the 90-minute format, compelling mysteries and compelling characters, and making yourself the audience. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON...
Published 04/26/22
Taylor Cox (Miracle Workers; Single Parents) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV writers rooms. Thanks to Martha McGee for extending the invitation and teaching such a cool class! PLUS: A chat with Best Pick podcast hosts and now AUTHORS about their new book all about the Oscars! LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 04/12/22
Chris Silber (showrunner, NCIS Hawaii) and Celeste Ballard (Space Jam: A New Legacy; Wrecked) talk about early jobs at SNL and on the Tremors TV series, getting their second staff jobs, how to behave in meetings, and writing the show you want to watch. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE...
Published 03/22/22
Shining Vale creators Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error; Friends) and Sharon Horgan (Divorce; Catastrophe) discuss their new show which premiered on Starz this week. Plus: comedy and horror, jokes from character and "knock knock" jokes, Courtney Cox, and more. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE...
Published 03/08/22
Garrett Lerner & Russel Friend (creators, Ordinary Joe; House; Glee), Rebecca Sonnenshine (creator, Archive 81; The Boys), and Mike Zara (Crime Farm; Major Crimes) talk about magic scripts, the best rooms, keeping a rejected scenes pile, and bleeding on the page. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER...
Published 02/22/22
Katie Wech (creator, Good Sam), Lauren Pomerantz (head writer, The Ellen Degeneres Show; SNL; Am I Okay?), and Simran Baidwan (Ordinary Joe; Manifest) cover a lot of territory, including how rising tides truly lift all boats, the power of saying no, new directions in writing and careers, and ladies in blouses solving crimes. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 02/08/22
Rodney Barnes (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty; Everybody Loves Chris); Marissa Jo Cerar (creator, Women of the Movement; The Fosters); Simone Finch (creator, Single Drunk Female; The Conners) LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 01/25/22
Looking back and looking ahead. 2021 in review, 2022 in preview. With some returning favorites: Angela Kang (showrunner, The Walking Dead); Carlos Foglia (AEon Flux; The Lost Symbol); J Holtham (Supergirl; The Handmaid's Tale); Julia Yorks (Trolls: The Beat Goes On; upcoming: 1UP). LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 01/11/22
Ben sits down with Devon Greggory (showrunner, The Game; American Soul); Mellow Brown (American Gods; Blade Runner: Origins comic); Jen Vestuto and Melissa Marlette (Nancy Drew; Vampire Diaries). LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 12/14/21
Writer/director Prentice Penny (Insecure; Scrubs) talks about how making TV should be fun, helping others to bring their visions to the screen, being the only Black writer in comedy rooms, directing his first feature Uncorked, and lots more. The fifth and final season of Insecure is out now on HBO Max!
Published 11/23/21
Reggie Bythewood (showrunner, Swagger), Meg DeLoatch (showrunner, The Neighborhood and creator, Family Reunion), and Peter McKenna (creator, Kin) discuss working during a pandemic, breaking in, the value of producing, and more.
Published 11/16/21
Live from the virtual Ripped Bodice bookstore, Sarah Kuhn (writer: Heroine Complex series, From Little Tokyo, With Love, Shadow of the Batgirl), Christina Strain (writer: Shadow & Bone, The Magicians, Finding Ohana), and Ella Jay Basco (actress: Birds of Prey) discuss Asian American superheroines to launch HOLLYWOOD HEROINE, the fifth book in Sarah's HEROINE COMPLEX series.
Published 11/09/21
Kourtney Kang (showrunner, Doogie Kamealoha, MD; How I Met Your Mother), John Hoffman (co-creator, Only Murders in the Building), and Migizi Pensoneau (Reservation Dogs) talk about why their shows were inevitable in the current TV landscape, good room practices, and revisiting old favorites.
Published 10/19/21
Akela Cooper (Malignant); James DeMonaco (The Purge), Sujata Day (Definition Please), and Vince Marcello (The Kissing Booth) chat about unlikely wins, surprising rejections, and juggling multiple projects.
Published 09/28/21
Ali Schouten (show-runner, iCarly), Alissa Nutting (creator, Made for Love), and Lucas Brown Eyes (Young and Hungry; Alexa and Katie) discuss hiring, schedule management, and the importance of doing your writing homework.
Published 09/14/21
Hacks creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs go in depth on the pitch for the show, writing strong characters, what they get out of a writers' room, and lots more. The first season of Hacks is available on HBO Max and we don't even know why you haven't watched it yet. LISTEN TO THE WRITERS PANEL AD-FREE ON FOREVER DOG PLUS: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 08/24/21