Join award-winning journalist and best-selling author James Andrew Miller as he uncovers bold beginnings of success stories in the worlds of television, movies, sports, music, and business. Experience all the unpredictable moments, pivotal junctures, and strokes of luck that turn great ideas into formidable realities -- as told by the insiders who were there from the start.
Nov 19th • 56:55
The series ends, the movies call, but the third is hardly the charm.
Nov 16th • 1:27:35
Come along for the complex climb of Sex and the City to cultural high status, and hear about the impact it had on those who made it: the trek and the series. Plus, we’ll discuss with cast and others how the show’s sexual freedom contributed to its popularity – “Sex and the City,” with an emphasis on the former.
Nov 14th • 1:52:35
How did the creation of Sex and the City lead to a revolution about what could be said and done on television, and what was going on behind the camera that made it all possible? Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Willie Garson and other key figures in the show’s extraordinary success share their stories, sagas, and secrets. Sex and the City is available on HBO Go/HBO Now.
Nov 12th • 1:51
The next Origins chapter has arrived. As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, James Andrew Miller throws a spotlight on the early days of the groundbreaking series "Sex and the City". Come along on this spectacular ride as Miller tells the story of this seminal series only as he can, delivering exclusive interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Darren Star, Candace Bushnell, Michael Patrick King, and many more. Here's a sneak preview of what's on the way.
Oct 25th • 30:07
You may know him as Jimmy Fallon’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show,” but Steve Higgins has been one of the most important forces behind the scenes at SNL for more than two decades. Hear what it’s like for those on the show when Higgins shares his insights. It’s a particular type of leadership, one that’s helped out many a cast member and writer on the show.
Oct 22nd • 11:20
Aidy Bryant joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2012, has been nominated for an Emmy, and, despite series and feature work elsewhere, is in no hurry to leave SNL anytime soon. It turns out, Aidy is as funny and humble as you would hope she’d be.
Oct 22nd • 24:39
If you’re one of those people who’ve thought about working in television but don’t know which job you’d like, or love, the most, listen to SNL producer Lindsay Shookus in this “Origins Originals” interview, and chances are you’ll say, “I want to do what she does.” Shookus has arguably one of the coolest jobs in the world of entertainment, and while it’s attached to long hours and plenty of pressure, it’s easy to argue that both are worth the price of admission.
Oct 17th • 31:06
Doesn’t everybody win two Emmys after their first year on SNL? Well, Chris Redd did — a primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, and an Emmy (along with the entire show) for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Get used to Chris Redd. He’s going to be on SNL, and elsewhere, for a long time because he’s funny and talented as all get out. He’s also particularly engaging in person, as you’ll hear here in this Origins Originals interview with Jim Miller.
Oct 15th • 24:41
As Heidi Gardner begins her sophomore season at SNL, she shares her journey to the show, and what is it like when fans stop her in the street.
Oct 12th • 22:58
Kenan Thompson is SNL’s longest serving cast member, and in this Originals interview with Jim, he ponders what else there is for him to do on the show and what may lie beyond life at 30 Rock.
Oct 10th • 37:03
Colin Jost talks anxieties, sleep deprivation, and other hurdles that go along with being a head writer on SNL in his sitdown with Jim.
Oct 10th • 29:46
Michael Che has a calm and rational approach to SNL’s role in the age of Trump and it probably will surprise you. He shares it and other reflections on the new season here...
Oct 8th • 24:09
Jim sits down with the incredible Melissa Villaseñor and peels back the onion a bit to take an in-depth look at her life on and off the SNL stage.
Oct 5th • 22:35
Lorne Michaels sat down to reflect on SNL’s past season and what lies ahead for Season 44. Note to file: Jim’s been interviewing Michaels for more than 20 years, and has never walked away disappointed.
Oct 3rd • 15:07
Jim sits down for an atomic interview with the one and only Alec Baldwin to discuss his portrayal of President Trump and what we can expect from him in season #44 of Saturday Night Live.
Sep 29th • 0:52
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and contextualizes famous figures and historical events, while discovering untold stories and unraveling newfound narratives. With today’s technology, access to information, the ability to communicate from all parts of the globe, and cross-reference historians, Jenks takes on his own rogue investigations. He does not go down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, nor does the show purport to solve every historical mystery. Instead, Jenks often times throws a wrench in the gears of history, getting either closer to the truth or creating more questions. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Gewirtz, Andrew Jenks and Cadence13.
Sep 27th • 56:45
What does a typical week look like at SNL? Hear from the producers, writers and cast to see how the show comes together from the first brainstorming sessions in the writer’s room on Monday, to the after party in the wee hours of Sunday Morning. Plus, learn how the show finds new talent and where the cast and crew see themselves and the show headed, in Season 44, and beyond.
Sep 25th • 44:14
How did SNL producers, writers, and cast recover after the end of last season, and how did they get themselves ready for Season 44? Cast members Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villasenor – along with Executive Producer Lorne Michaels and show producers Steve Higgins and Lindsay Shookus reveal their summer strategies as they say goodbye to sleep and dig in for the new season ahead.
Sep 21st • 46:21
Since its beginning, Saturday Night Live has tweaked and taunted presidents from both parties and of all shapes and sizes. It’s fair to say, however, that Donald Trump is a more challenging figure for the show than any of the presidents who preceded him. Here, SNL creator Lorne Michaels, actor Alec Baldwin, Update coanchors Michael Che and Colin Jost, and veteran SNL player Kenan Thompson all reflect on the show’s first two years of life with Trump — and what the third year just ahead may bring....
Aug 31st • 22:38
Tom Rinaldi covers sports and studies individuals who make it all happen. One of his favorite subjects in Nick Saban, and it shows.
Aug 29th • 23:55
Joe Girardi regards Nick Saban as a major force in his own development as a coach and manager. In this Origins Original, Jim asks Girardi how that came to be.
Aug 27th • 21:34
Jim’s interview with Terry Saban is Exhibit A for getting to know an extraordinary woman, while understanding just how much value Nick Saban’s wife brings to his life, and Alabama football.
Aug 24th • 24:30
Only one man has quarterbacked a Nick Saban coached team to an undefeated season and a national championship. Greg McElroy explains how he came to be that man, and what life was like playing for Saban … and beyond.
Aug 23rd • 29:29
Why can’t our politicians be as believable and compelling as former All-American Barrett Jones? And no, Jones wasn’t privy to any questions in advance. He’s just that good.
Aug 22nd • 28:37
Welcome to Kiffinland, a place like no other in college football. There’s a powerful duality to much of what former Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin shares in this interview — somehow throwing respect and shade at Head Coach Nick Saban at the same time. Note to file: That's not so easy to pull off.
Aug 21st • 29:22
In this high octane interview, James Andrew Miller sits down with the "muscle behind the machine", the Crimson Tide's mercurial strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran.
Aug 20th • 21:31
In this exclusive interview recorded in his office in Tuscaloosa, James Andrew Miller sits down with the one and only Nick Saban, pulling the curtain back for an in-depth look at the man behind the Crimson Tide machine.
Aug 13th • 41:53
Why does Coach Nick Saban continually evolve a program already at its pinnacle? The answer is more complex than you may think.
Aug 10th • 43:43
How much of Alabama’s success on the field is a product of their efforts off of it? Hear Coach Nick Saban go deep on “The Process” and why Alabama’s psychological game may just be the most important one on the schedule.
Aug 8th • 46:50
What makes a champion? Who makes a champion? Welcome to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a front row seat looking at how Nick Saban keeps his Crimson Tide hungry for more…and more…National Championships.
Aug 1st • 2:27
Origins Chapter 3: “Origins of a Champion: Nick Saban & Alabama’s Crimson Tide” goes inside the mind of Nick Saban, one of the greatest college coaches ever, and reveals how the National Champions are preparing to defend their title in the upcoming season, and what it’s like to be on the field as a 'Bama player. Along with Saban himself, you’ll hear from famed Alabama strength coach Scotty Cochran, former Yankee manager and Saban observer Joe Girardi, ex Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, former players Barrett Jones and Greg McElroy, ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, and the coach’s most important teammate, his wife of more than 45 years, Terry.
Jul 27th • 44:41
Michael Wilbon gets raw in a back and forth on PTI, former president Barack Obama, and the good and evil surrounding social media.
Jul 27th • 31:33
In the fall of ’17 — before she left SportsCenter — Jemele Hill shared her thoughts on her wild ride with social media and trying to make the best of being a co-anchor on a show that wasn’t a great fit. There’s a lot of candor here about life inside ESPN.
Jul 27th • 43:06
This interview with Michael Smith took place after Jemele Hill left his side as co-anchor of SC6, and offers insight into why Smith’s time alone at the desk lasted only about a month.
Jul 27th • 46:02
Tony Kornheiser may have been the last person convinced that using him and his Washington Post colleague Michael Wilbon as anchors of Pardon the Interruption was a good idea.
Mar 24th • 0:36
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Feb 7th • 1:46:31
It started on ESPN’s first night on the air, and remains a vital artery today, but in between there’s been a whole lot of action going on behind the scenes. Many of SportsCenter’s most notable anchors share their stories — and opinions — about ESPN’s legendary workhorse.
Jan 18th • 1:05:56
The continuation of 30for30: Dreams...Nightmares...Dreams. In today’s crowded content universe, how does a new idea break out to become a celebrated brand? What do filmmakers covet most? (Hint: It’s not money). Discover the story behind all the stories care of Barry Levinson, John Skipper, Bill Simmons, and many more. Welcome to the 30for30 on 30for30.
Jan 17th • 1:30:59
In today’s crowded content universe, how does a new idea break out to become a celebrated brand? What do filmmakers covet most? (Hint: It’s not money). Discover the story behind all the stories care of Barry Levinson, John Skipper, Bill Simmons, and many more. Welcome to the 30for30 on 30for30.
Jan 10th • 1:24:55
More than 30 years after its launch, College Game Day continues to draw big crowds on screen and campus — begging the question: What is its secret?
Dec 21st, 2017 • 27:21
Over the course of two interviews, Jim Miller spoke with former ESPN president about managing social media at the network. Skipper was raw and revealing.
Dec 18th, 2017 • 1:39:28
“ESPN & Social Media: A Troubled Marriage” examines key events, and reveals candid, personal reflections on the past decade of social media life at ESPN. More than 20 current and former ESPNers tackle topics including President Trump, Barstool, suspensions, and numerous other topics. It’s raw, surprising, and sure to be controversial.
Dec 7th, 2017 • 2:49
Origins Chapter Two: ESPN is the second installment of an all-new podcast series by James Andrew Miller, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of the NYT best selling books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency, which will be exploring epochal beginnings—whether from the fields of film, television, music, publishing, or even human relationships. The five-part ESPN podcast chapter of Origins will feature deep dives into the histories of “Pardon the Interruption,”30for30”documentary series, “College Game Day,” “SportsCenter” and “Social Media at ESPN.” You’ll hear from all the key players, including Michelle Beadle, Chris Berman, Linda Cohn, Rich Eisen, Chris Fowler, Jemele Hill, Tony Kornheiser, Bob Ley, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Bill Simmons, Sage Steele, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Wilbon and many more. Origins Chapter Two: ESPN launches on December 18th and features conversations with Bill Simmons, Michelle Beadle, Chris Berman, Linda Cohn, Rich Eisen, Chris Fowler, Jemele Hill, Tony Kornheiser, Bob Ley, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Sage Steele, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Wilbon and many more. Listeners will hear first-hand accounts of how the shows were created, how they evolved, and how they changed the lives of everyone involved.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 22:36
Listen to Larry think and laugh.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 24:50
Cheryl Hines was perfectly cast....nothing phases her.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 28:31
Admit it: you have nightmares about living with Susie Green, but deep down inside you love her.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 39:36
Best not to listen to on speakers in a church.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 18:57
Does anybody poke at Larry better?
Sep 27th, 2017 • 47:16
Welcome to my therapy session with Richard. I just have one question: Which one of us was the patient here?
Sep 27th, 2017 • 37:05
Guarantee you will repeat his Redd Foxx story
Sep 27th, 2017 • 23:57
You'll understand why he did such a great job directing Borat.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 20:20
Great comedy pedigree; Great friend of Larry.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 29:04
Inside the mind of the HBO exec who brought you "Curb", "The Sopranos", "Sex and the City" and more.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 49:35
Alan and Larry met in the mid 70's right before Alan became one of the original writers on SNL. All he's done since is...Succeed.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 1:25:49
One of the most thoughtful and talented show biz documentarians, and a critical player in Curb's formative years.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 31:43
What was it like to be Larry David's agent and manager?
Sep 6th, 2017 • 47:34
Host James Andrew Miller traces Larry David’s comedic roots, and routes, with help from Larry and several of his long time friends.
Sep 6th, 2017 • 38:25
Hide the Kiddies: JB Smoove, Bob Einstein, et al. share stories Curb-wise and otherwise.
Sep 6th, 2017 • 41:27
Curb isn’t your typical sitcom. Here’s Why.
Sep 6th, 2017 • 45:45
After six years away, what brought Larry back to Curb? How has the show change the casts' lives? And what is the Curb legacy?
Aug 4th, 2017 • 2:48
Origins Chapter One: Curb Your Enthusiasm is the first installment of an all-new podcast series by James Andrew Miller, award-winning and best-selling author of the oral history books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency, which will be exploring epochal beginnings—whether from the fields of film, television, music, publishing, or even human relationships. The five-part Curb Your Enthusiasm podcast chapter of Origins will launch with Episode One on September 6th and feature conversations with more than a dozen key figures in the much-lauded, Emmy-winning show – among them, Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Ted Danson, Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein and others. Listeners will hear first-hand accounts of how the show was created, how it evolved, and how it changed the lives of everyone involved. The smash hit series begins its eagerly awaited ninth season on HBO October 1st. “Origins” will explore how greatness starts, how new ideas take shape, and how critical innovations come to be. This is the first chapter of a four-chapter fall 2017 slate.