Episodes
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 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.
Published 08/24/21
Ben talks to character actor John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Speechless) about his new Forever Dog podcast HOUSEHOLD FACES where he interviews other character actors about their most iconic roles, the ones that got away, and the secrets of show business longevity. AND THEN enjoy John's complete interview with the great Martha Plimpton (The Goonies, Parenthood, Raising Hope)
Published 08/20/21
Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal (creators of Blindspotting), Michael Fuller (creator, Quarry; The Mosquito Coast) and Jamie Rosengard (The Last Thing He Told Me; Truth Be Told; Empire) discuss Zoom rooms, improvising on set, and the "sofas to die on." Plus: a bonus interview with the writer and director of the new Netflix thriller Beckett, Kevin Rice and Ferdinando Filomarino.
Published 08/10/21
A panel interview with Shawn Simmons (creator, Wayne); Bianca Sams (Charmed; The Originals); and Gabriel Garza (The Flash; co-creator, Bella and the Bulldogs). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 07/27/21
Ed Solomon talks about his new collaboration with Steven Soderbergh, No Sudden Moves (out now on HBO Max), how the creation of Bill & Ted came from a place of freedom, breaking in too early, writing for It's Garry Shandling's Show, interest vs passion, writing for yourself, and lots more. Plus, a bonus interview with Craig Moss (writer/diretor, Let Us In; Bad Ass)
Published 07/13/21
A panel interview with Iliza Shlesinger (Good On Paper); Josh Ruben and Mishna Wolff (Werewolves Within); and Alice Wu (The Half of It). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 06/22/21
A panel interview with Annie Weisman (creator, Physical); Valerie Armstrong (creator, Kevin Can F**K Himself); and Lauren Oliver (creator, Panic). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 06/15/21
Shauna Mcgarry (Katy Keene; Bojack Horseman), Paul Bae (creator, The Black Tapes podcast), and Talicia Raggs (NCIS: New Orleans; The Originals) go deep on breaking story, the nuts and bolts of pitching, and finding your place in a writers' room. Plus a bonus interview with Shannon Kenny Carbonell, whose memoir All Is Not Lost is available now.
Published 05/25/21
Panel interview with Ali Rushfield (creator, Shrill); Ryan O'Connell (creator, Special); and Gladys Rodriguez (Vida; Sons of Anarchy). Plus a bonus interview with Adam Rodgers. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 05/11/21
A chat with the wonderful hosts of Best Pick, a podcast in which film buffs Tom Salinsky, John Dorney, and Jessica Regan watch every Oscar nominated film in no particular order. It's a delightful show that you should absolutely check out.
Published 04/20/21
Panel interview with Bentley Kyle Evans (co-creator, The Jamie Foxx Show; Millennials; Martin), Mike Drucker (head writer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), and Chris Brandon (creator, Bloodlands) talk about becoming comfortable as writers, writing for specific performers, and more. Plus a chat with Leila Cohan (Bridgerton; Santa Clarita Diet) about her valuable new newsletter, Room Snacks. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 04/13/21
A panel interview with Chris Sheridan (creator, Resident Alien, Family Guy); Nancy Kiu (Batwoman, MacGuyver); Emily Chang & Sara Amini (Twilight Zone). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 03/16/21
A panel interview with Jordan Blum (showrunner, MODOK); Janet Lin (Bridgerton; The Orville); and Jim Barnes (The Walking Dead; Timeless). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 03/02/21
A panel interview with Ronald D. Moore (creator, For all Mankind; Battlestar Galactica); Sigal Avin (creator, Losing Alice); and Lana Cho (Four Weddings and a Funeral; Timeless). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 02/16/21
A panel interview with Jami O'Brien (NOS4A2, Hell on Wheels) and Cindy Fang (Fresh Off the Boat, Girl Meets World). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 01/19/21
A chat with Simon Allen, creator of BBC America's The Watch, based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. An engrossing conversation about telling personal stories, expanding the language of TV, and more.
Published 01/12/21
Say goodbye to 2020 with a visit from some of this year's favorite guests talking about Zoom rooms, pitching remotely, and the ways in which this awful year will impact the future of the industry. With Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future President), Andrew Miller (creator, Secret Circle), J. Holtham (Supergirl), Tamara Brecher (Doom Patrol), Nicole Levy (SWAT), and Carlos Foglia (Lore).
Published 12/22/20
A panel interview with the creator and co-showrunner of Selena, MOISES ZAMORA, and the co-creators of No Man's Land and Valley of Tears, AMIT COHEN and RON LESHEM. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 12/01/20
Conan premiered on TBS ten years ago this month. With Conan O'Brien's announcement that the series would end next year, what better time to revisit this conversation with the Conan writing staff from 2016?
Published 11/24/20
An in-depth chat with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Vince is candid and thoughtful about his past experiences (including seven years on the X-Files), the process of creating complex characters, and the importance of collaboration. Originally aired 3/5/2012
Published 11/12/20
Christopher Landon put in his time in the feature trenches before breaking through in a huge way with the terrific Happy Death Day and its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.
Published 11/03/20
In celebration of Halloween, please enjoy this classic Writers Panel interview with The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara and writers Scott Gimple and Angela Kang.
Published 10/27/20