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The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker

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The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsib...Show More
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Lauren Bachelis, Kevin Avery, & Christine Chambers

1:07:39 | Apr 30th

Panel interview with Lauren Bachelis (Hollywood Assistant Tumblr, Club de Cuervos); Kevin Avery (Totally Biased, Last Week Tonight, The New Negroes); and Christine Chambers (Boardwalk Empire, Riverdale).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON ...Show More
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson + Leonard Dick, Raelle Tucker, Michael Kramer, & Lilli Birdsell

1:32:36 | Apr 16th

Panel interview with Leonard Dick (Lost, House, The Good Wife); Raelle Tucker (True Blood, Jessica Jones, Sacred Lies); Michael Kramer (Rugrats, Life Unexpected); and Lilli Birdsell (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)Plus Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin R...Show More
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Establishing a Career (ATX Festival 2018)

1:04:56 | Apr 9th

There is no straight path in Hollywood. Every career trajectory is different, full of ups and downs, victories and disappointments, twists and turns, and hopefully some great surprises along the way. This group of panelists give candid insight into t...Show More
Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, WGFestival 2019)

1:20:13 | Apr 2nd

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator/star Rachel Bloom and creator/showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna talk about bringing the CW musical in for a landing, their creative partnership, tackling romantic comedy tropes and mental illness, musical numbers, and lots mo...Show More
Kassia Miller, Emilia Serrano, & Shukree Tilghman

1:00:55 | Mar 19th

Panel interview with Kassia Miller (The Good Place, You're The Worst); Emilia Serrano (Cristela, Jane The Virgin); and Shukree Tilghman (This Is Us, The Vampire Diaries).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA More
Mallory O'Meara (The Lady from the Black Lagoon)

1:07:47 | Mar 5th

Ben talks with Mallory O'Meara, author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick.BUY MALLORY'S BOOK: W/ BEN BLAC...Show More
Jessica Grasl, Melissa Scrivner Love, & Stephanie Mickus

1:04:46 | Feb 19th

Panel interview with Jessica Grasl (Designated Survivor, Shades of Blue), Melissa Scrivner Love (Person of Interest, Fear the Walking Dead, CSI: Miami), and Stephanie Mickus (Hope Springs Eternal).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...Show More
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

50:51 | Feb 5th

Shudder TV’s first original documentary feature, HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR takes a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined and embraced both black filmmakers and black audience...Show More
Jon Spaihts

54:46 | Jan 22nd

In a special episode from the vault, Ben talks to screenwriter and comic book scribe Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Prometheus, Passengers).Listen to The Angel of Vine on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app. Episode 10 premi...Show More
Alfred Molina, Constance Zimmer, & Oliver Vaquer (The Angel of Vine)

49:02 | Jan 15th

Panel discussion with the cast/co-creator of The Angel of Vine, a limited series narrative podcast. Alfred Molina, Constance Zimmer, and Oliver Vaquer join Ben to talk about the brave new world of narrative podcasting.Listen to The Angel of Vine on A...Show More
Marc Bernardin, Niceole Levy, & Morgan Faust

1:06:10 | Jan 8th

Panel interview with Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock, Alphas, Treadstone); Niceole Levy (Ironside, Shades of Blue, Cloak & Dagger); and Morgan Faust (Legends of Tomorrow).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: More

2:57:14 | Dec 25th, 2018

Thank you for listening to Forever Dog podcasts this year and please enjoy this year-in-review clips show! Listen to find a new favorite podcast to subscribe to in 2019 or just a killer back catalog to binge during your holiday travels. And please fo...Show More
Kara Lee Burk, Franklin Hardy, & Denise Harkavy

1:11:41 | Dec 18th, 2018

Panel interview with Kara Lee Burk (Costume Quest, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show), Franklin Hardy (The Mick, You're the Worst), & Denise Harkavy (The Expanse, The Brave).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: More
Jihan Crowther, Ray Utarnachitt, & Jack Kenny

53:32 | Dec 11th, 2018

Panel interview with Jihan Crowther (The Man in the High Castle, The Underground Railroad), Ray Utarnachitt (Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest), & Jack Kenny (Jessica Jones, Caroline in the City, Dave's World).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITE...Show More
Hex Wives #2 (Comic Book Commentary)

50:48 | Nov 28th, 2018

Ben previews another episode of the forthcoming podcast COMIC BOOK COMMENTARY, an in-depth, page-by-page, behind-the-scenes journey through your favorite comics with the writers and artists themselves. Imagine a DVD commentary track. But for comic bo...Show More
Hex Wives #1 (Comic Book Commentary)

1:12:07 | Nov 26th, 2018

Ben previews a new podcast coming your way in 2019, tentatively titled COMIC BOOK COMMENTARY, an in-depth, page-by-page, behind-the-scenes journey through your favorite comics with the writers and artists themselves. Imagine a DVD commentary track. B...Show More
“State of the Scare” (Austin Film Festival 2018)

1:15:23 | Nov 20th, 2018

“State of the Scare” panel from the Austin Film Festival with C. Robert Cargill (Sinister; Doctor Strange); Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place); Yasemin Yilmaz (The Protector, The Exorcist); and Alvaro Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series;...Show More
Alexandra Cunningham, Ben Cory Jones, & Beth Schacter

1:10:48 | Nov 13th, 2018

Panel interview with Alexandra Cunningham (Dirty John, Desperate Housewives, NYPD Blue); Ben Cory Jones (Insecure, Underground, Boomerang); and Beth Schacter (Bunheads, Quantico, Normal Adolescent Behavior).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL...Show More
Steve Conrad (Creator of PATRIOT)

1:07:49 | Nov 6th, 2018

A conversation with Steve Conrad, creator of the Amazon original series PATRIOT.CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCA...Show More
Witchcraft in History, Practice, & Pop Culture w/ Jenny Calabro

53:22 | Oct 30th, 2018

Ben talks to artist/illustrator and practicing witch Jenny Calabro about witchery, pop culture witches, and witchcraft history.Ben's new Vertigo book HEX WIVES is coming out this week on Halloween 10/31/18!!!Buy it online at Comixology: https://www.c...Show More
Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson (NYCC 2018) + Bonus Interview with Beth Broderick

1:19:55 | Oct 23rd, 2018

A conversation w/ Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson from New York ComicCon 2018. Recorded Live October 5, 2018. Plus a bonus interview with Beth Broderick (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) about portraying witches and pop culture witchcraft.Ben Blacker's new ...Show More
DC Vertigo Panel (New York Comic Con 2018)

57:39 | Oct 16th, 2018

A panel from New York Comic Con 2018 with the storytellers behind the DC Vertigo comics relaunch. This next generation is taking the beloved imprint to new heights, with fantastical series from the new Sandman Universe and brand-new titles launching ...Show More
Pop Culture Witches (New York Comic Con 2018)

1:00:45 | Oct 9th, 2018

A panel from New York Comic Con 2018 about the pop culture witches, enchantresses, genies, charmers, and sorceresses who conjured the craft in our popular imaginations in the past. How have women with (super) powers been portrayed, and how is that po...Show More
Ben Macintyre + Bonus Interview with Madeline Miller

1:20:34 | Oct 2nd, 2018

A conversation with Ben Macintyre, the author of several amazing and unbelievable non-fiction accounts of WWII spycraft, including The Spy and the Traitor; Operation Mincemeat; and Agent Zigzag. (Starts at 14:40). Plus a bonus interview with Madeline...Show More
Grainne Godfree, Sierra Ornelas, & Monica Beletsky + Bonus Interview w/ Andrew Miller

1:29:27 | Sep 25th, 2018

Roundtable interview with Grainne Godfree (Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow); Sierra Ornelas (Happy Endings, Superstore); and Monica Beletsky (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Fargo). Starts at 20:10.Plus a bonus interview with Andrew Miller (Th...Show More
BONUS! DC/Vertigo and The Sandman Universe

15:19 | Sep 21st, 2018

In honor of the relaunch of Neil Gaiman's groundbreaking SANDMAN series, Ben Blacker talks about the history of DC's Vertigo imprint, its influence on the rise of graphic novels, and gives a sneak peek at two of the new Sandman titles, "The Dreaming"...Show More
Pop Culture Witches (SDCC 2018)

54:32 | Sep 18th, 2018

A panel from SDCC 2018 about power, gender politics, and the representation of witches in popular culture. Panelists: Sabrina the Teenage Witch showrunner, Nell Scovell; author of Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi; co-showrunner of the CW’s Ch...Show More
Meredith Averill, Chris Collins, & Sarah Gertrude Shapiro + Bonus Interview w/ Julie Plec

1:18:57 | Sep 11th, 2018

Roundtable interview with Meredith Averill (The Good Wife, The Haunting of Hill House, Locke and Key); Chris Collins (The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, The Continental); and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (Unreal). Starts at 18:50.Plus a bonus interview with Julie ...Show More
400th Episode! Live at Dynasty Typewriter

1:49:04 | Sep 4th, 2018

Ben records the 400th episode of The Writers Panel Live at Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles featuring an incredible panel of writers and showrunners, including:Caroline Dries (NBC's upcoming Witchblade; DC Universe's upcoming Batwoman; Vampire Diari...Show More
Alison Bennett, Steven Lilien, & Bryan Wynbrandt + Bonus Interview w/ Winnie Holzman

1:26:27 | Aug 28th, 2018

Roundtable interview with Alison Bennett (You're the Worst; LA to Vegas; Single Parents) and Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt (God Friended Me). Starts at 20:48.Plus a bonus interview talking witches with Winnie Holzman, the creator of My So-Called Li...Show More
“Bottle Episodes” (ATX TV Festival 2018) + Bonus Interview w/ Maggie Friedman

1:10:14 | Aug 21st, 2018

"Bottle Episodes" from the ATX Television Festival 2018. Panelists: Michael Jacobs (Boy Meets World); Anthony Hemingway (Underground); John Wirth (Hell On Wheels); and Kevin Falls (The West Wing). Moderated by Ben Blacker. Recorded June 9, 2018 at th...Show More
BONUS! The TV Campfire Podcast & ATX TV Fest Co-Founders Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson

36:04 | Aug 16th, 2018

Ben talks with ATX Television Festival Co-Founders Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson and offers a preview of the ATX produced podcast, The TV Campfire.You can find The TV Campfire on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts:https://i...Show More
Jacque Edmonds Cofer, Akela Cooper, & Caroline Kepnes + Bonus Interview w/ Amanda Damron

1:29:17 | Aug 14th, 2018

Roundtable interview with Jacque Edmonds Cofer (creator, Let's Stay Together; Martin; Moesha); Akela Cooper (The Flash; Luke Cage; The 100); Caroline Kepnes (creator, YOU). Starts at 23:16.Plus a bonus interview with practicing witch Amanda Damron (@...Show More
BONUS! DC Vertigo Relaunch (SDCC 2018)

48:19 | Aug 9th, 2018

Meet the new voices behind DC Vertigo comics relaunch. Moderated by DC Vertigo Executive Editor Mark Doyle. Panelists include the creative team from Sandman Universe’s HOUSE OF WHISPERS, Nalo Hopkinson and Dominike “Domo” Stanton; BORDER TOWN’s Eric ...Show More
Raamla Mohamed, James LaRosa, & Holly Henderson + Bonus Interview w/ Claudia Black

1:35:45 | Aug 7th, 2018

Roundtable interview with Raamla Mohamed (Scandal); James LaRosa (creator, Hit the Floor); and Holly Henderson (Hit the Floor; Smallville). Starts at 23:25.Plus a bonus interview with actress Claudia Black (The Originals) about playing a witch, her f...Show More
"The Spy Who Dumped Me" Creators + Bonus Interview w/ Amber Benson

1:33:38 | Jul 31st, 2018

The creators of the brand new action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, Susanna Fogel (writer/director) and David Iserson (writer), join Ben to talk about the making of the film and why it often takes 10 years to become an overnight success in Hollywood.P...Show More
Nash Bridges Writers Room Reunion (ATX Television Festival 2018)

1:03:51 | Jul 24th, 2018

Nash Bridges Writers Room Reunion from the ATX Television Festival. Carlton Cuse (Writer/EP); Shawn Ryan (Writer/Co-Producer); Glen Mazzara (Writer); Jed Seidel (Writer/Supervising Producer); Pam Veasey (Writer). Moderated by Ben Blacker. Recorded J...Show More
Nash Bridges Writers Room Reunion (ATX Television Festival 2018)

1:06:06 | Jul 24th, 2018

Nash Bridges Writers Room Reunion from the ATX Television Festival. Carlton Cuse (Writer/EP); Shawn Ryan (Writer/Co-Producer); Glen Mazzara (Writer); Jed Seidel (Writer/Supervising Producer); Pam Veasey (Writer). Moderated by Ben Blacker.Recorded Jun...Show More
Robert and Michelle King (ATX Television Festival 2018)

1:05:26 | Jul 17th, 2018

Ben talks to Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of "The Good Wife" and "The Good Fight."Recorded June 9, 2018 at the ATX Television Festival, Austin TX.CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: More
Robert and Michelle King (ATX Television Festival 2018)

1:03:11 | Jul 17th, 2018

Ben talks to Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of "The Good Wife" and "The Good Fight." Recorded June 9, 2018 at the ATX Television Festival, Austin TX. CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: More
Shernold Edwards, Vera Santamaria, & Christine Boylan

1:17:55 | Jul 10th, 2018

Shernold Edwards (Red Line, Anne with an E); Vera Santamaria (Orange is the New Black, Bojack Horseman); and Christine Boylan (The Punisher, Painkiller Jane, Cloak and Dagger). Recorded July 1 2018. CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SO...Show More
Shernold Edwards, Vera Santamaria, & Christine Boylan

1:20:09 | Jul 10th, 2018

Shernold Edwards (Red Line, Anne with an E); Vera Santamaria (Orange is the New Black, Bojack Horseman); and Christine Boylan (The Punisher, Painkiller Jane, Cloak and Dagger).Recorded July 1 2018.CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...Show More
Breakfast with Phil (w/ Phil Rosenthal, Danny Trejo, Niki Nakayama, Carole Iida-Nakayama) + Glen David Gold

1:52:31 | Jun 26th, 2018

Ben brings his hit ATX panel "Breakfast with Phil" to LA's Dynasty Typewriter Theater (30:00) talking food, entertainment, creativity, and why LA is the world's best restaurant city with Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal, actor/restauran...Show More
Bonus: Inside Jaws

10:52 | Jun 26th, 2018

Inside Jaws takes you on an immersive journey through the making of 1975’s pulse-pounding hit film Jaws, the first-ever summer blockbuster. Subscribe to Inside Jaws on Apple Podcast today, visit And to hear the all of the Inside J...Show More
Kenneth Biller, Maggie Mull, and David Graziano

1:26:57 | Jun 19th, 2018

Roundtable discussion with Kenneth Biller (creator, Genius); Maggie Mull (Family Guy; Life in Pieces); and David Graziano (American Gods; Southland).CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: More
American Vandal from ATX 2018

55:04 | Jun 12th, 2018

Last fall, in the midst of pop culture’s ongoing obsession with all things “true crime,” Netflix’s American Vandal arrived just in time to set social media ablaze with one tantalizing question: Who drew the dicks? Like amateur documentarians Peter an...Show More
"Directors and Showrunners" from ATX

1:02:51 | Jun 5th, 2018

As different directors tackle single episodes or an entire series, a strong relationship between directors and showrunners is crucial to maintaining a cohesive and dynamic vision of the storytelling. Join these showrunner + director pairs, who have ...Show More
"A Showrunner Defined" from ATX

1:02:14 | May 29th, 2018

Greg Garcia (creator, My Name Is Earl), Tracey Wigfield (creator, Great News), Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show), Bob Daily (Superior Donuts), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman) discuss what the job of showrunner actually entails,...Show More
“Power(ful) TV” from ATX

1:04:50 | May 22nd, 2018

Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator, Sweet/Vicious), Gloria Calderon Kellett (creator, One Day at a Time), Justin Simien (creator, Dear White People), and David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights) discuss how their series have surpassed diversity trends and ...Show More
“The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom” from ATX

1:08:40 | May 15th, 2018

Bob Daily (Superior Donuts), Justin Simien (creator, Dear White People), Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon Kellett (creators, One Day at a Time), and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show) discuss taking their inspiration from Norman Lear and inc...Show More
"Teens on TV" LA Festival of Books

1:04:43 | May 8th, 2018

"Teens on TV" from the LA Times Festival of Books. Lauren Iungerich (creator, On My Block and Awkward), Gina Fattore (Better Things; Gilmore Girls; Dawson's Creek), and Dave Nadelberg (creator, The Mortified Guide) discuss angst on TV, from the scrip...Show More
Colony + Aline Brosh McKenna, Sam Bain, & Tanya Saracho @ LA Festival of Books

1:50:48 | May 1st, 2018

Catching up with Colony creator Ryan Condal and co-showrunner Wes Tooke. Season 3 of Colony premieres on USA tomorrow night, May 2! Then, Aline Brosh McKenna (co-creator, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sam Bain (creator, Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Ill Behaviour),...Show More
"Presidents of TV" from ATX

1:02:41 | Apr 24th, 2018

Craig Erwich (Hulu), Jennifer Salke (NBC), Casey Bloys (HBO), Nick Grad (FX), and Gary Levine (Showtime) discuss how their networks forge individual paths in a time of "Peak TV," their decisions behind which and how many series to order, balancing th...Show More
“Too Close To Home” from ATX

1:04:55 | Apr 17th, 2018

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Robia Rashid (creator, Atypical), Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected), and David Hudgins (Parenthood) discuss storylines they’ve created or by happenstance been assigned to that have mirrored parts...Show More
Nell Scovell with Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels

1:18:06 | Apr 10th, 2018

Recorded March 22, 2018, at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of the “Writers Bloc Presents” series. For more terrific live writers events visits

57:11 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, writers of Chappaquiddick, discuss their motivation for writing about Ted Kennedy's 1969 scandal, finding characters in well knows personalities, and more.
Adam Rifkin

48:57 | Mar 27th, 2018

The writer/director of The Last Movie Star discusses his lifelong quest to work with Burt Reynolds, his past credits including Mousehunt and Knucklehead, his process, and more.
The Terror

44:51 | Mar 20th, 2018

Developer/showrunner David Kajganich (A Bigger Splash; True Story) and showrunner Soo Hugh (creator, The Whispers; The Killing) chat about their new AMC show, a cold thriller called The Terror. They discuss balancing various tones, a character-first ...Show More
Gerry Duggan + “Family Drama” from ATX

1:18:26 | Mar 13th, 2018

Catching up with comics writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), whose new Image title Analog comes out April 4. Check it out! From ATX: Michael Rauch (creator, Royal Pains), Mitchell Burgess & Robin Green (creators, Blue Bloods), David Hudgins (Friday Night ...Show More
Kayla Alpert, Leila Cohan-Miccio, and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran

1:15:40 | Mar 6th, 2018

Kayla Alpert (Code Black; Sweet Valley High); Leila Cohan-Miccio (Santa Clarita Diet; Awkward); Dwayne Johnson-Cochran (Heist 88).
“Network's Identity” from ATX

1:02:35 | Feb 27th, 2018

As the TV landscape changes, each network grapples to find its own place on the spectrum. Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Grant Gish (Marvel), and Karey Burke (Freeform) discuss their respective programming ethos’ and how their competition’s successes and ...Show More
Kenny Smith, Rebecca Perry Cutter, and Andrew Reich

1:03:08 | Feb 20th, 2018

Andrew Reich (Friends; Netflix's Rev Run show) Kenny Smith (black-ish; The Game); Rebecca Cutter (Gotham; The Mentalist).
Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber

54:09 | Feb 13th, 2018

Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nominees for The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, dig deep on their process, offer valuable advice about choosing what to write, discuss their past projects including their breakthrough script...Show More
“TV Under Trump” from ATX

1:10:17 | Feb 6th, 2018

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Michael Rauch (creator, Royal Pains), Julie Plec (creator, The Vampire Diaries), Beau Willimon (creator, House of Cards), Liz Tigelaar (Casual), and Paul Garnes (Queen Sugar) discuss approaching their ...Show More
Liz Hara Part 2

39:15 | Jan 30th, 2018

New writer Liz Hara returns! When last we left Liz, she'd moved to LA from New York to work on Life In Pieces. She's still on staff on the CBS sit-com and shares stories about growing more comfortable in the writers' room, discovering how the show wo...Show More
Holly Sorensen, Nick Antosca, and Stacy Rukeyser

1:11:50 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Holly Sorensen (Step Up: High Water; creator, Make It Or Break It); Nick Antosca (creator, Channel Zero); Stacy Rukeyser (Unreal; One Tree Hill)
Better Call Saul season 3 in review

1:19:00 | Jan 16th, 2018

Co-creator/showrunner Peter Gould and writers Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Gordon Smith, Ann Cherkis, and Heather Marion discuss the third season of the AMC series, bringing back (introducing?) Gus Fring, their process and the show's depiction...Show More
General Hospital

1:10:41 | Jan 9th, 2018

Head writer Shelly Altman and co-head writer Chris Van Etten of the long-running (55 years and counting!) daytime soap opera are joined by GH super-fan Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show; LA>Vegas) to discuss the nuts and bolts of writing a...Show More
John Shiban, CeCe Pleasants, and Liz Hannah

1:28:42 | Dec 19th, 2017

John Shiban (Shut Eye; The X-Files; Breaking Bad); CeCe Pleasants (Bill Nye Saves the World; Jimmy Kimmel Live!); Liz Hannah (The Post)
The Exorcist

1:07:45 | Dec 12th, 2017

Show creator Jeremy Slater (The Umbrella Academy) and co-showrunner Sean Crouch (Numb3rs) discuss the Fox series' second season, horror on network TV, capturing the feel of both the original film and William Peter Blatty's book, and more. The season ...Show More
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage

1:02:38 | Dec 5th, 2017

Writer Josh Schwartz is the creator of The OC, Chuck, Gossip Girl, and more. Fake Empire, his production company with partner Stephanie Savage, is behind Hulu's Runaways, CW's Dynasty and Hart of Dixie, and many other TV shows and films. Josh and Ste...Show More
Patrick Brammall and Trent O’Donnell, Cynthia Mort, Sanjay Shah

54:44 | Nov 28th, 2017

Patrick Brammall and Trent O’Donnell (creators, No Activity); Cynthia Mort (creator, Tell Me You Love Me; Roseanne); Sanjay Shah (Fresh Off the Boat; Cougar Town).
Frankie Shaw & Sarah-Violet Bliss

1:00:39 | Nov 21st, 2017

Frankie Shaw (creator, SMILF); Sarah-Violet Bliss (co-creator, Search Party).
Future Man

39:22 | Nov 14th, 2017

Creators Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir (Sausage Party) and showrunner Ben Karlin (Modern Family; The Daily Show) discuss their new Hulu series, a sci-fi comedy.
Stephen Chbosky

58:29 | Nov 7th, 2017

The writer/director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the forthcoming Wonder chats about the line between honesty and sentimentality, the similarities between novel writing and film directing, why and how he writes, and gives a valuable four-poi...Show More
Stan Against Evil

54:29 | Oct 31st, 2017

Live from Id10tfest, creator Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (Legend of Korra) look back on the show's first season and look forward to the second which premieres November 1 on IFC! Moderated by Nerdist'...Show More
Glenn Gordon Caron, Hillary Benefiel, and Rob Wright

1:24:23 | Oct 17th, 2017

Glenn Gordon Caron (creator of Moonlighting, Now & Again, and Medium); Hillary Benefiel (Beyond; Person of Interest); Rob Wright (Lethal Weapon [TV]; Ash Vs the Evil Dead; Walker Texas Ranger).
Sera Gamble, Sallie Patrick, and Lindsey Shockley

58:59 | Oct 10th, 2017

Sera Gamble (showrunner, The Magicians; Supernatural; upcoming; You), Sallie Patrick (showrunner, Dynasty; Revenge), Lindsey Shockley (creator, Unit Zero; Black-ish; Trophy Wife)
Billy Ray, Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, and Alison Schapker

1:11:22 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Billy Ray (creator, The Last Tycoon; Captain Phillips; The Hunger Games); Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (creators, Kevin [Probably] Saves the World; showrunners, Agent Carter); Alison Schapker (Scandal; The Flash; Fringe, Alias)
Mark Feuerstein, Dana Klein, and Davita Scarlett

1:08:22 | Sep 26th, 2017

Mark Feuerstein (co-creator, 9JKL; actor, Royal Pains); Dana Klein (co-creator, 9JKL; Friends; Becker); Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar; Constantine)
“Watercooler Meets Murderboard” from ATX

58:52 | Sep 19th, 2017

From Reddit threads and think pieces to live-tweeting and podcasts, the TV Theory business is booming. Yet, for a series with an ongoing mystery and unanswered questions, it can feel like the fandom is more interested solving a show than experiencing...Show More
“Prepackaged” from ATX

1:01:15 | Sep 12th, 2017

TV executives Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Grant Gish (Marvel), Carolyn Newman (eOne), Alex Maggioni (Amblin), Ali Krug (Annapurna Television), Peter Gal (Dreamworks Animation Television), and Simran Sethi (Freeform) discuss the pros & cons of finding a...Show More
Tim McKeon/Stacey Sher

2:04:37 | Sep 5th, 2017

Producer Stacey Sher's films include Adventures in Babysitting, Reality Bites, The Fisher King, Get Shorty, Pulp Fiction, Erin Brokovitch, Django Unchained, and many, many more. She discusses her successes and her role in making so many landmark film...Show More
“Life After TV High School” from ATX.

1:01:34 | Aug 29th, 2017

Just in time to go back to school, writers Julie Plec (Dawson's Creek; The Vampire Diaries), Amanda Lasher (Sweet/Vicious; Gossip Girl) and YA author turned YA TV producer Rebecca Serle (Famous in Love) discuss the “New Adult” genre, why it has taken...Show More
Alias writers reunion from ATX

1:01:55 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Ken Olin, Sarah Caplan, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, and Monica Owusu-Breen reunite to reflect on the show’s long-term impact, the challenges of maintaining their elaborate concept across 105 episodes, and to share their favorite moments in the life ...Show More
“Friendships on TV” panel from ATX

1:05:29 | Aug 15th, 2017

Mara Brock Akil (creator, Being Mary Jane), Kevin Falls (creator, Franklin & Bash), Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator, Sweet/Vicious), and Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham (creators/stars, Playing House) discuss writing TV friendships. Moderated b...Show More
“First gigs” from ATX

1:05:05 | Aug 8th, 2017

Graham Yost (creator, Justified) and Dave Andron (Justified) and  Julie Plec (creator, The Originals) and Carina MacKenzie (The Originals) in conversation about taking chances and catching breaks, exploring the relationship from both sides of that fi...Show More
Greg Garcia and James Roland

1:15:18 | Aug 1st, 2017

Greg Garcia (creator, The Guest Book, My Name Is Earl, The Millers, Raising Hope, and Yes, Dear); James Roland (creator, Blood Drive).
Samantha McIntyre, Jennifer Muro and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong

1:12:28 | Jul 25th, 2017

Samantha McIntyre (People of Earth; Unicorn Store); Jennifer Muro (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny); Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy).
Northern Exposure

45:58 | Jul 18th, 2017

Creator Josh Brand, writers/executive producers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, writer/producer Cheryl Bloch, and cast members Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Cynthia Geary, and Adam Arkin reunite to discuss the series’ enduring strangeness, how the sel...Show More
“I'll Have What Phil's Having... for Breakfast!”

1:50:47 | Jul 11th, 2017

A double feature with Everybody Loves Raymond creator and food-lover Phil Rosenthal. Breakfast with Phil has become an ATX Television Festival tradition. From last year's fest, Ben Blacker join Phil to talk breakfast tacos, coffee, travel, and more, ...Show More
Fargo & The Leftovers

2:00:01 | Jul 4th, 2017

A double dose from ATX Teleivion Festival. First, following a screening of Episode 309 (“Aporia”) , creator Noah Hawley, executive producer John Cameron, and actors Michael Stuhlbarg and Mary McDonnell discuss the series, season three, and the future...Show More
The Americans

46:44 | Jun 27th, 2017

Fresh off the heels of The Americans' penultimate season, creator/showrunner Joe Weisberg and executive producer/showrunner Joel Fields reflect on the gripping, nail-biting journey of the Jennings family across the last five years, as viewers prepare...Show More
Misha Green, Jake Fogelnest, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel

1:12:53 | Jun 20th, 2017

Misha Green (creator, Underground); Jake Fogelnest (Girlboss; Difficult People); Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show; New Girl).
Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, Lindsey Allen and Heather V. Regnier

1:02:12 | Jun 13th, 2017

Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth; Brooklyn 99); Lindsey Allen (MacGuyver; Agent Carter); Heather V. Regnier (Sleepy Hollow; Falling Skies).
Full Frontal

50:55 | Jun 6th, 2017

Field Correspondents Ashley Nicole Black, Allana Harkin, and Mike Rubens discuss keeping a sense of humor when things get dire, putting the show together, keeping up with the news, the guidance of Samantha Bee, and more.
Liz Hara Part 1

44:06 | May 30th, 2017

Writer Liz Hara just completed her first week as a professional TV writer on a network show, Life In Pieces. In this first of what we hope will be many chats with Liz, she describes how she got the job, her previous work as a costumer and puppet-wran...Show More
Powerful TV and The Shield Writers' Reunion

1:58:14 | May 23rd, 2017

Powerful TV panel from ATX, Jack Amiel (co-creator, The Knick), Jason Katims (creator, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), Jennie Snyder Urman (creator, Jane the Virgin), Mike Royce (co-creator, Men of a Certain Age; Enlisted), and Carter Covington ...Show More
Downward Dog

1:38:01 | May 16th, 2017

The showrunners of ABC's terrific Downward Dog, John Hoberg & Kat Likkel, talk about being a married couple and writing partners, protecting and translating the show creators' vision, what they learned working on My Name Is Earl, The Neighbors, and m...Show More
Mary Kills People

48:35 | May 9th, 2017

Creator Tara Armstrong, showrunner Tassie Cameron (co-creator, Rookie Blue), and lead actor Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal; Wonder Falls) discuss their new Lifetime show, writing complicated characters, their hectic shooting schedule, adding comedy and...Show More
The OC Writers Room reunion from ATX

1:27:12 | May 4th, 2017

With creator Josh Schwartz (creator, Gossip Girl, Chuck, and more), Stephanie Savage (creator, Gossip Girl, The Astronaut Wives Club), Leila Gerstein (creator, Hart of Dixie), and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas. Moderated by Alan Sepinwall (HitF...Show More
Gerry Duggan/Philipp Meyer

1:45:39 | May 2nd, 2017

A double header today. First, TV and comics writer Gerry Duggan (Attack of the Show) talks about his new Guardians of the Galaxy book for Marvel, bringing humanity to Deadpool, comedy in comics, and lots more. Gerry's All New Guardians of the Galaxy ...Show More
The Handmaid's Tale

1:08:31 | Apr 25th, 2017

Executive Producer Warren Littlefield (former president of NBC) and creator Bruce Miller (The 100; Eureka; ER) discuss their adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel, why the time is right for the story, working with Hulu, their history together, and lo...Show More
David Caspe, Amanda Lasher and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

1:11:18 | Apr 18th, 2017

David Caspe (creator, Happy Endings and Marry Me); Amanda Lasher (Togetherness; Gossip Girl; Sweet/Vicious); Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator, Sweet/Vicious).
Hilary Winston, Henry Alonso Myers and Lon Zimmet

1:07:24 | Apr 11th, 2017

Hilary Winston (creator, Bad Teacher; Community; My Name Is Earl, Happy Endings); Henry Alonso Myers (Ugly Betty; The Magicians; Charmed), Lon Zimmet (Superstore; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Happy Endings).
Negotiations special

1:05:24 | Apr 10th, 2017

Former WGA President Christopher Keyser (co-creator, Party of Five) is joined by guild members Marqui Jackson (Rosewood; Battle Creek) and Deirdre Mangan (iZombie) to talk about today's return to the negotiating table with the AMPTP (the studios and ...Show More
Krista Vernoff, Stefanie Leder, Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux

1:12:45 | Apr 4th, 2017

Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy; Private Practice; Shameless); Stefanie Leder (Faking It; Melissa & Joey); Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux (Bob's Burgers).
Amy Aniobi, Charles Murray and Ben Wexler

1:08:34 | Mar 28th, 2017

New pal Amy Aniobi (Insecure; Silicon Valley) joins returning champions Charles Murray (Luke Cage; Sons of Anarchy) and Ben Wexler (The Grinder; creator, The Comedians) to talk about what they all learned as assistants, common mistakes new writers ma...Show More
Paul Scheuring

38:47 | Mar 23rd, 2017

The creator of Prison Break and author of the new novel The Far Shore discusses prose writing, TV writing, compromising his vision, his Buddhism, and more. Recorded at Book Soup in Los Angeles on March 10, 2017.
Gina Fattore, Courtney Lilly & Kathleen Robertson

1:14:45 | Mar 21st, 2017

Gina Fattore (Dawson's Creek; Californication; Better Things); Courtney Lilly (Black-ish; My Boys), Kathleen Robertson (writer: upcoming: Swimming with Sharks; Your Time Is Up; actor: Murder in the First; Beverly Hills 90210).
Simon Rich, Dave Holstein, Richard Keith & Erin Cardillo

1:14:01 | Mar 14th, 2017

Simon Rich (creator, Man Seeking Woman); Richard Keith & Erin Cardillo (creators, Significant Mother, Life Sentence), Dave Holstein (I'm Dying Up Here; Weeds).
Barbara Hall

1:05:47 | Mar 7th, 2017

The creator of Madam Secretary, Judging Amy, and Joan of Arcadia talks about tackling politics, writing about what's important, what she's learned from each experience, getting her start on Northern Exposure and I'll Fly Away, her country rock band, ...Show More
Fantasy TV from ATX

2:43:20 | Mar 2nd, 2017

John Wirth (V; Falling Skies), Krista Vernoff (Charmed; Wonderfalls), and Joanna Klein (SVP Scripted Development, The CW) discuss fantasy TV from building the look of a new world and the characters that inhabit it to placing supernatural characters i...Show More
Christine Lennon/Bob Daily

1:12:03 | Feb 28th, 2017

Superior Donuts co-creator Bob Daily talks about finding new material with every show, from his earliest days on Frasier to Desperate Housewives, The Odd Couple, and more, what he's learned from rooms he's worked in, how to write good characters, and...Show More
Betsy Beers

1:05:12 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Shondaland's partner who isn't Shonda talks about working in one of the top pods in the business, where it's headed, and more. In conversation with EW's editor-in-chief Henry Goldblatt. Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2016. Get your b...Show More
Jon Bokenkamp

45:25 | Feb 21st, 2017

The creator of The Blacklist and its spin-off, The Blacklist: Redemption, discusses why he made the move to television after fourteen years in features, leaving and returning to LA, his collaborators, how he does and doesn't like writing, and more.
Crisis of Faith panel from ATX

1:50:08 | Feb 16th, 2017

Comedies and dramas alike are finding the humanity and nuance in faith-based storylines, whether it’s reconciling concepts of self and sexuality in religion or questioning a long-standing ideology. How does a series navigate what role a character’s f...Show More

1:16:46 | Feb 14th, 2017

Brian Koppelman & David Levien, creators of Showtime's Billions, discuss their long road to creating a hedge fund show, dole out valuable advice on screenwriting and working as a writer, their successes like Oceans 13, their disappointments like Runn...Show More
Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke

1:06:58 | Feb 9th, 2017

The creators of NBC's Timeless discuss their collaboration, the tricks of writing time travel, how creating their own shows—The Shield and Supernatural, respectively—as young writers informed their process, and more.

1:10:56 | Feb 7th, 2017

Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, creators of Channel 4/AMC's Humans, talk about artificial intelligence in storytelling, what Westworld does well, their earlier work on MI-5, and lots more.
Incorporated's Ted Humphrey and David Pastor

58:33 | Feb 4th, 2017

The showrunner and co-creator of the Syfy series Incorporated discuss their working relationship, their show's relavence, and more.
Will Beall, Dan Newmark and Ben Newmark

1:03:45 | Jan 31st, 2017

Will Beall (developer/showrunner, Training Day); Dan Newmark and Ben Newmark (Gigi Does It; Coupled).
Escapist Comedy from ATX

1:04:26 | Jan 24th, 2017

Take a break from reality with a double header from ATX, a Television Festival. First, Jennie Snyder Urman (creator, Jane the Virgin), Kevin Biegel (creator, Enlisted and Cougartown), Justin Adler (creator, Life in Pieces), and Dana Tuinier (VP Origi...Show More
Can We Get Back to Politics? from ATX

1:02:22 | Jan 21st, 2017

The American political system often lends itself to some of TV’s bleakest and most inspiring moments. In this conversation, Kevin Falls (The West Wing), Rosemary Rodriguez (The Good Wife), and Bryan Seabury (SVP Drama Development, CBS) examine workin...Show More
Throwing Shade

47:29 | Jan 17th, 2017

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi talk about translating their Maximum Fun podcast into a TV Land late-night style series, their performance backgrounds, and more.
Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton

1:24:16 | Jan 10th, 2017

The It's Always Sunny in Philadephia writers and co-stars discuss their now-airing 12th season, changing the face of TV comedy, how their show is written, and more. Co-hosted by Sunny super-fan Jenny Klein (Supernatural; Jessica Jones).
Roundtable with Peter Tolan, Brannon Braga, Y. Shireen Razack and Adam Nussdorf

1:08:22 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Peter Tolan (co-creator/showrunner, Outsiders, Rescue Me); Brannon Braga (co-creator/showrunner, Salem; Star Trek: Next Generation); Y. Shireen Razack (Shadowhunters); Adam Nussdorf (creator, Beyond).
Year in Review

1:19:33 | Dec 20th, 2016

Phillip Iscove (co-creator, Sleepy Hollow), Gloria Calderon Kellett (co-creator, the new One Day at a Time), and Dierdre Mangan (iZombie) look back on 2016 and try to find hope in the trends, movements, and good TV from this annus horribilis.
Patrick Ness

38:17 | Dec 13th, 2016

The screenwriter of A Monster Calls, and the author of the novel on which it's based, talks about how anyone with a story can be a writer, adapting his novel, his process, his other books including the Chaos Walking series and The Rest of Us Just Liv...Show More
Matt Ross

52:24 | Dec 6th, 2016

The actor (Silicon Valley; Big Love) and writer/director of Captain Fantastic, one of the best movies of the year, chats about stepping behind the camera, writing for actors, the biographical aspects of Captain Fantastic, and more. Seriously, stop me...Show More
Eric Heisserer

1:06:47 | Nov 29th, 2016

The screenwriter of Arrival talks about the decade-long process of bringing that story to the screen, “hard hat jobs” he's worked on including the remake/prequel of The Thing, his directorial debut, Hours, and more.
Writers Assistants

1:07:10 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Megan Metzger (When Calls the Heart), Dave Metzger (The Blacklist), Joelle Cornett (Pure Genius), Charlotte Lewis (Faking It), and Jake Thomas (Notorious) discuss what the job entails, how they got their jobs, the best rooms, and the odd place a writ...Show More
300th episode

1:53:18 | Nov 15th, 2016

Michael Schur (creator of The Good Place; co-creator of Parks & Recreation), Damon Lindelof (co-creator, Lost, The Leftovers), Carlton Cuse (co-creator of Jack Ryan, Colony, and Bates Motel; co-showrunner, Lost), Marti Noxon (co-creator of Unreal and...Show More
Martin Gero

48:06 | Nov 8th, 2016

Blindspot creator Martin Gero chats about putting together the team, breaking story, how he uses the writers' room, his unusual hiring process, his late, beloved series LA Complex, procedurals, those tattoos, and more. Recorded at EW Popfest in Los A...Show More
John Green

1:39:23 | Nov 1st, 2016

The author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and more discusses discovering young adult fiction, the invention of characters, how his stories take shape, his earnest love of The Babysitters Club books, and more; he even drop...Show More
CBS Women Showrunners Panel

1:33:00 | Oct 25th, 2016

Barbara Hall (creator of Madame Secretary, Judging Amy, and Joan of Arcadia); Joan Rater (co-creator of Doubt); Aline Brosh McKenna (co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Jenny Snyder Urman (creator of Jane the Virgin); Corinne Brinkerhoff (creator of ...Show More
Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan

1:17:10 | Oct 18th, 2016

The creators of the new MTV show Mary + Jane discuss writing what they care about, their partnership and process, their breakthrough feature that led to Can't Hardly Wait, what happened after Josie & the Pussycats, and lots more. Ben Blacker and The ...Show More

53:31 | Oct 11th, 2016

Writer/creators/stars Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy discuss their TruTV comedy about teachers who are less mature than their students, getting their break in TV after the success of their Denver-based sketch group The Grawlix, the ...Show More
Romance and YA TV

2:00:44 | Oct 4th, 2016

A double-header recorded at ATX, a Television Festival earlier this year. First, “Keeping the Romance Alive” with Hart Hanson (creator, Bones), Liz Tigelaar (showrunner, Casual; creator, Life Unexpected), Carter Covington (creator, Faking It), and Je...Show More
Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers Live from SDCC 2016

1:04:43 | Oct 1st, 2016

Steven Moffat (Doctor Who; Sherlock), Bryan Fuller (American Gods; Star Trek; Hannibal), and Michael Green (American Gods) join Alicia Lutes (co-host/creator, Fangirling) at the “Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers” panel. Recorded at San Diego Comic Co...Show More

49:29 | Sep 27th, 2016

Westworld creators Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy, Graham Yost (creator, Justified), Jonathan Tucker (actor, Justified), John Wirth (showrunner, Hell on Wheels), and Anson Mount (actor, Hell on Wheels) discuss the rich tradition of westerns on TV from icon...Show More
First Timers and One Season Wonders

1:59:28 | Sep 20th, 2016

A double-header recorded at ATX, a Television Festival this year. First, Ryan Condal (co-creator, Colony), Zander Lehmann (creator, Casual), Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (co-creator, unREAL), and Joe Pokaski (co-creator, Underground) discuss the process of...Show More
High Maintenance

1:10:11 | Sep 13th, 2016

Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the creators, writers, and directors of web-series High Maintenance discuss their emotional writing process, keeping their trusted collaborators, the stories that interest them, and more. High Maintenance makes its p...Show More
Breaking Story

1:04:51 | Sep 6th, 2016

Anna Fricke (developer, Being Human), Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected), Hart Hanson (creator, Bones), John Wirth (Hell on Wheels), and Scott Rosenbaum (The Shield) discuss the process of planning and plotting a season. Moderated by Natalie Abr...Show More
Sam Esmail

1:00:48 | Aug 30th, 2016

The creator of Mr. Robot talks about how he is and isn't like his creation, writing and directing, working with his writing staff, and more.
Development Executives

1:07:59 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Joanna Klein (The CW), Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Grant Gish (Fox Animation), Bryan Seabury (CBS), and Brendan Countee (Hulu) discuss their role in getting an episode from pilot script to production to ready for air. Hear their POV and goals, the fact...Show More
Jeff Baena

53:18 | Aug 20th, 2016

The writer/director of Joshy and Life After Beth talks about his new movie, his process, his script for I Heart Huckabees, and more.
Jessica Sharzer

57:12 | Aug 16th, 2016

The screenwriter of Nerve, Speak, and other features, as well as American Horror Story writer and producer, discusses writing and directing, presenting psychological states in scripts, her process, her beginnings, and more.
Pulp Page to TV panel

1:00:49 | Aug 9th, 2016

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Brian Michael Bendis (creator of Jessica Jones and Powers), and Rosemary Rodriguez (director, Jessica Jones) discuss how a storyteller infuses his or her own voice into an often stylized and specific w...Show More
David Simon and Tom Fontana

57:29 | Aug 2nd, 2016

After more than a decade of reporting crime from the streets of Baltimore, how did a career journalist like David Simon learn to navigate a TV writers’ room? The outcome was in no small part due to the indispensable guidance of veteran TV producer To...Show More
Alan Ball

1:14:06 | Jul 26th, 2016

The creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood discusses the creation of his seminal HBO series, exploring death, working with actors, swinging 180 degrees for his vampire soap opera, writing American Beauty in reaction to his experiences on sit-coms l...Show More
Norman Lear

1:51:06 | Jul 19th, 2016

Norman Lear (creator of All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, One Day at a Time, and more) is interviewed by Katey Sagal (actor, Married with Children, Sons of Anarchy) following a screening of the new documentary about Lear, Just Ano...Show More
Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg

1:16:09 | Jul 12th, 2016

The best-selling authors of House of Secrets discuss what each of them brings to their co-writing, learning from each other, comic books, and more.
The Writers Guild of America

1:01:06 | Jul 5th, 2016

WGA vice-president David Goodman (Family Guy) and David Slack (Person of Interest; Teen Titans Go!) take a good look at the Writers Guild and discuss why writers need a union, what the union does, what was gained by the 2008 writers' strike, and how ...Show More
David Mandel

1:23:56 | Jun 28th, 2016

The showrunner of Veep discusses taking over those duties in the just-aired season 5, early writing opportunities with Al Franken, his three years on Saturday Night Live, his time on Seinfeld, scripting Curb Your Enthusiasm, and lots more.
Conan Writers

1:27:51 | Jun 14th, 2016

Head writer Matt O'Brien, Mike Sweeney, Todd Levin, Dan Cronin, Jessie Gaskill, Jose Arroyo, Leah Krinsky, Levi MacDougall, and Andres Dubouchet. Recorded April 14, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.
Joe Pokaski, Mike O'Malley, Stephnie Weir, and Hugh Sterbakov

1:32:26 | Jun 7th, 2016

Joe Pokaski (creator, Underground), Mike O'Malley (Shameless; creator, Survivor's Remorse), Stephnie Weir (MadTV; The Millers), and Hugh Sterbakov (Robot Chicken). Recorded April 24, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.
Chris Black

1:14:53 | May 31st, 2016

The showrunner of Cinemax's Outcast (based on the Robert Kirkman comics) talks about his start in syndicated shows like Weird Science, Cleopatra 2525, and Xena, his work on Star Trek: Enterprise, moving out of genre with Desperate Housewives and Ugly...Show More
Claudia Lonow

1:11:59 | May 24th, 2016

The creator of Rude Awakening, Accidentally on Purpose, and How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) discusses starting out as a teen actor on Knots Landing, transitioning to stand-up comedy and then writing, heartbreaks and joys of ...Show More
Shane Black

1:33:19 | May 17th, 2016

The writer-director-Christmas enthusiast, whose new film The Nice Guys opens May 20, discusses his interests and process, being called a hack, success and failure, and all of his films, including Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,...Show More
“Behind Every TV Show” from Wondercon

55:00 | May 14th, 2016

Allison Baker (IDW Comics) hosts Emily Andras (creator, Wynonna Earp; Lost Girls), Amber Benson (actor, Buffy The Vampire Slayer; author, The Last Dreamkeeper), Deirdre Mangan (writer, iZombie), and Carolyn Omine (writer, The Simpsons; Full House) Re...Show More
Nicholas Stoller

1:06:50 | May 10th, 2016

The director/co-writer of Neighbors 2, director and/or co-writer of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five Year Engagement, Get Him to the Greek, and The Muppets, among others, discusses his start in TV, collaboration, emotional comedy, co-creating The ...Show More
“Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed” from Wondercon

59:32 | May 7th, 2016

Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) hosts Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead; creator, Damien), Richard Hatem (Dead of Summer; Damien; Witches of East End), Meredith Averill (Jane the Virgin; creator, Star-Crossed), Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys; Hunters; Terminator: T...Show More

1:08:17 | May 3rd, 2016

Filthy Preppy Teen$ co-creator Paul Scheer and writersTim Neenan (Newsreaders) and Nicole Shabtai (KirbyBuckets) discuss the new series now available on FullScreen,working on a small budget, parody, and more.
“Inside the Writers' Room” from Wondercon

53:03 | Apr 30th, 2016

Mark Altman (creator, Femme Fatales) hosts Jose Molina(Agent Carter; Firefly), Steven Melching (Star Wars:Rebels), Sarah Watson (Parenthood), Ashley Miller(Thor; X-Men: First Class), Amy Berg (Counterpart;Eureka), and Gabrielle Stanton (Haven; TheFla...Show More
Joe Hill

1:27:33 | Apr 26th, 2016

The author of the new novel The Fireman, as well asHorns, NOS4A2, and Heart-Shaped Box, the shortstory collection 20th Century Ghosts, and the comic bookseries Locke & Key talks candidly about his process,his influences, horror and genre, his famous ...Show More
Scot Armstrong

58:31 | Apr 19th, 2016

The creator of Dice and the writer of Old School, School for Scoundrels, Semi-Pro, The Hangover II, and more, discusses working with Andrew “Dice” Clay on the new Showtime series, his “cutting away” process, gathering ideas and when it's time to writ...Show More
Daniel Levy

53:53 | Apr 12th, 2016

Daniel Levy, the co-creator of Schitt's Creek with his father Eugene Levy (Waiting for Guffman; SCTV), discusses being a first-time showrunner, creating a happy work environment, learning from his father, and more. Schitt's Creek is now in its second...Show More

37:22 | Apr 9th, 2016

Creator Chad Hodge, executive producer Donald De Line and cast members Carla Gugino and Reed Diamond discuss the first season of the hit summer series. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg.Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015...Show More
Ben Karlin

1:22:21 | Apr 5th, 2016

The former Daily Show showrunner and Colbert Report co-creator discusses the daily grind of late night, his new pilots and the shows that got away, writing features, books, and TV, The Onion, Modern Family, and lots more.
“Boy Meets Girl Meets World” from ATX

1:01:24 | Apr 2nd, 2016

Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World creator Michael Jacobs is joined by cast members Ben Savage, Rowan Blanchard, and Sabrina Carpenter for a look at tween series from 1990s and the 2010’s. Moderated by TV Guide's Robyn Ross.Recorded at ATX Televisi...Show More
Justin Adler

1:08:05 | Mar 29th, 2016

The creator of Life in Pieces talks about the short story structure of his sit-com, how far to push in comedy, early experiences on The Larry Sanders Show and Less Than Perfect, collaborating with his writers and cast, and lots more.The first season ...Show More

55:40 | Mar 26th, 2016

Writer/executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong (Recount; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1&2) and co-executive producer/writer Wendy Calhoun (Justified; Revenge; Nashville) discuss the first season of the blockbuster series. Moderated by Buzzfeed's J...Show More
Ali Adler

54:29 | Mar 22nd, 2016

The co-creator/showrunner of Supergirl dicusses the three-shows-in-one being produced every week, balancing the “super” and the “girl,” being drawn to multi-generic television, her first job on Beverly Hills 90210, early work in comedy rooms such as ...Show More
Focus Testing panel from ATX

1:27:17 | Mar 19th, 2016

Kyle Killen (creator of Awake, Lone Star, and Mind Games) returns for another look at a specific track of television production with a presentation on the testing process. Following his breakdown of the unique stage of production, Kyle is joined by J...Show More
Doug Petrie & Marco Ramirez, Melissa Rosenberg, Jason Katims, Jessica Goldberg

1:39:38 | Mar 15th, 2016

Doug Petrie & Marco Ramirez (showrunners, Marvel's Daredevil); Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight movies; creator, Marvel's Jessica Jones); Jason Katims (creator, Parenthood; creator, About a Boy; Friday Night Lights); Jessica Goldberg (creator, The Path). ...Show More
“Final Finale” panel from ATX Television Festival

55:37 | Mar 12th, 2016

Marta Kauffman (co-creator, Friends), Ron Cowen & Dan Lipman (developers, Queer as Folk [US]), and Graham Yost (creator, Justified) discuss the pressure, the satisfaction, the luxury, and pain of wrapping up their stories, the weight that comes with ...Show More
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

1:11:10 | Mar 8th, 2016

The writers of The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, as well as Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flint, and more discuss how the ten-episode OJ story is different to writing a feature, its Dickensian appeal, writing real people, rebranding aft...Show More
Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec in conversation

54:07 | Mar 5th, 2016

Kevin Williamson (creator, Dawson's Creek, The Following; Scream; co-creator, The Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, more) and Julie Plec (co-creator The Vampire Diaries, The Originals; creator, Containment) look back over their working relationship, wh...Show More
The Last Man on Earth

58:44 | Mar 1st, 2016

Creator/star Will Forte (Saturday Night Live; MacGruber), showrunner Andy Bobrow (Community) and writers Tim McAuliffe, Erica Rivinoja, Erik Durbin, Matt Marshall, Kira Kalush, Dave Noel, and John Solomon. The Last Man On Earth returns on March 6th o...Show More
What's Your Pitch? panel from ATX

1:04:21 | Feb 27th, 2016

Ever wonder how your favorite series was pitched in the room? Hear directly from showrunners/creators how they pitched their original series ideas, plus executives that have heard some of the most iconic pitches. They discuss the factors that affecte...Show More
Kenya Barris, Jonathan Groff, Mike Scully, Lilla Zuckerman and Nora Zuckerman

1:39:42 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Kenya Barris (creator, Black-ish); Jonathan Groff (co-showrunner, Black-ish; creator, Andy Barker PI); Mike Scully (The Simpsons; Parks & Recreation; Everybody Loves Raymond); Lilla Zuckerman & Nora Zuckerman (Suits; Haven; Fringe).Recorded at 826LA ...Show More
“Unseasonably” panel from ATX

1:02:14 | Feb 20th, 2016

Traditional seasons are a thing of the past. With new content available to viewers at all times, and the distance between seasons being anywhere from 6 weeks to 22 months, there is a new reality that TV is a year-round industry. It's discussed by Noa...Show More
Jeff Probst

1:35:13 | Feb 16th, 2016

The Survivor host and showrunner, screenwriter, director, producer, and author discusses storytelling in all of its forms, learning by doing, finding big drama in small, personal moments, collaborating, honesty, and lots more.The new season of Surviv...Show More
Kristin Newman

1:03:31 | Feb 13th, 2016

The new showrunner of The Muppets discusses taking the reigns on that show, working with felt, jokes and heart, starting out as writers' assistant and her first job on That 70's Show, and her work on The Neighbors, Galavant, and more.

1:12:16 | Feb 9th, 2016

Creator Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights; Red Road) discusses the new Hulu series based upon the Stephen King novel. She talks about her enthusiasm for the project, working with King, JJ Abrams, and James Franco, drawing out the themes that int...Show More

1:06:34 | Feb 6th, 2016

Creators/executive producers Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland, and writer/producer Ryan Ridley. Moderated by Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum.Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

1:07:23 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Charles Randolph, co-writer of The Big Short, discusses grappling with difficult or multiple concepts, zeroing in on characters, his background as a philosophy professor, The Life of David Gale, and more.

1:29:51 | Jan 30th, 2016

Dawson's Creek writers room reunion with creator Kevin Williamson (Scream; The Following), Jenny Bicks (The Big C; creator, Men In Trees), Paul Stupin (Switched at Birth), Rob Thomas (creator, Veronica Mars; co-creator, iZombie), Gina Fattore (Califo...Show More

54:59 | Jan 26th, 2016

Outsiders creator Peter Mattei discusses his new WGN America series, the ups-and-downs of writing for TV, his background as a playwright and visual artist, writing without a map, and more. Outsiders premieres on WGN America on January 26th.
Black Sails

1:08:30 | Jan 19th, 2016

Creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine (Jericho; Human Target) and executive producer Dan Shotz discuss the creation and execution of the Starz pirate action-drama, finding the show's tone, their insane production schedule, their collaborators...Show More
Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter

1:19:02 | Jan 16th, 2016

From the JHRTS (Junior Hollywood Radio & TV Society) event August 2015, Sony EVPs of drama development Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter talk about rising through the studio ranks, speaking the language of writers, developing material they believe i...Show More

31:12 | Jan 12th, 2016

Co-creators Carlton Cuse (Lost; co-creator of The Strain, Bates Motel) and Ryan Condal (Hercules film) and star Josh Holloway (Lost; Intelligence) discuss the new USA series including the importance of family, the show's creation, colonization, and m...Show More
David Goyer

1:13:51 | Jan 5th, 2016

The co-writer of Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Blade, and more; creator of TV's Da Vinci's Demons, Constantine, and Flashforward; and producer of the upcoming The Forest (among others) discusses the role of a film producer, his process, getting into t...Show More
Year in Review 2

1:12:41 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Jose Molina (Agent Carter; Children of Tendu podcast), Nell Scovell (The Muppets; creator, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), and Rico Gagliano (The Dinner Party Download podcast/radio show) discuss 2015 and their experiences writing for Disney-owned proper...Show More
Marty Feldman's autobiograhy, eyE Marty

55:12 | Dec 19th, 2015

Mark Flanagan is the custodian of the estate of Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein; Silent Movie; more) and the driving force behind LA's Largo, the theater that's been home to musicians and comedians for nearly 20 years. Flanny discusses finding Feld...Show More
Year In Review part 1

1:25:19 | Dec 15th, 2015

Some of this year's favorites return to talk about “The Wiz Live,” buying and selling trends in 2015, their favorite shows, types of comedy, and lots more. With Laura Valdivia (Telenovela), Andrew Miller (Backstrom; upcoming: Tremors), and Ben Wexler...Show More
Dead Pilots Society backdoor pilot

1:17:37 | Dec 8th, 2015

Ben Blacker is joined by writer Andrew Reich (Friends) to discuss and sneak-preview Dead Pilots Society, a Writers Panel spin-off coming in 2016 in which pilots that were developed but not shot are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors ...Show More
New York Comic Con

58:21 | Dec 1st, 2015

Alfred Gough & Milles Millar (creators of AMC’s Into the Badlands, MTV’s Shannara Chronicles, and Smallville), Brian Koppelman (Oceans Thirteen; creator, Billions), Craig Engler (creator, Z Nation), Jake Coburn (Quantico; Arrow; Gossip Girl), Aaron C...Show More
Abi Morgan

1:00:06 | Nov 24th, 2015

The writer of the film Suffragette, out now, and the new Netflix series River, discusses writing issues-driven work, rewriting and rewriting, accolades, how hard it is to get movies made, and more.
Frank Spotnitz

49:56 | Nov 17th, 2015

The creator and showrunner of the new Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, based upon the Phillip K. Dick novel, discusses his start on The X-Files and what he learned from working in the Chris Carter camp, putting together a staff, running his ...Show More
MARON's Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin

1:02:33 | Nov 10th, 2015

The showrunners of IFC's Maron discuss their creative partnership, their experiences in the WB Writers Workshop, their early, formative experiences on Just Shoot Me, running Glen Martin DDS, collaboration, and lots more.
LA Podfest

1:32:21 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Two rounds in this live episode because not everyone could fit on the stage at once! First, hear Unreal co-creators Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; co-creator, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce) and The Brink co-creators...Show More
CBS Showrunner All Stars

1:26:15 | Oct 27th, 2015

Recorded live from CBS Studios with Rob Doherty (Elementary), Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Craig Sweeny (Limitless) and David Rosenthal (Jane the Virgin).Recorded October 15, 2015.

45:28 | Oct 20th, 2015

Executive Producer/Director Jason Reitman (Young Adult; Juno), EP/creator Zander Lehmann, EP Helen Estabrook, and EP/showrunner Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected) discuss their new Hulu series, airing now! Special appearance by Casual star Tommy Dewey!Re...Show More
THE KNICK's Michael Begler and Jack Amiel

1:11:18 | Oct 15th, 2015

The Knick's Michael Begler and Jack Amiel discuss creating the series, collaborating with director Steven Soderbergh on all 20 episodes, writing about social issues, New York, and more.The second season of The Knick premieres tomorrow, October 16, on...Show More
Jason Rothenberg, Janine Sherman Barrois, Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Zev Borow

1:32:09 | Oct 13th, 2015

Jason Rothenberg (creator, The 100), Janine Sherman Barrois (Criminal Minds; ER), Gloria Calderon Kellett (iZombie; How I Met Your Mother), and Zev Borow (Chuck; lots of legit stuff like The New Yorker and McSweeney’s).Recorded September 27, 2015.
MANHATTAN's Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme

1:12:22 | Oct 10th, 2015

Show EP/creator Sam Shaw and EP/director Thomas Schlamme (Sports Night; The West Wing; ER; The Americans) discuss bringing out the show's themes, casting, pitching, and lots more.Season 2 of Manhattan airs Tuesday, October 13, at 9pm on WGN America.
Damon Lindelof, Chris Dingess, Noelle Valdivia and Kit Boss

1:36:10 | Oct 6th, 2015

Damon Lindelof (co-creator, Lost, The Leftovers), Chris Dingess (Agent Carter), Noelle Valdivia (Ash Vs the Evil Dead; Manhattan), and Kit Boss (iZombie; Bob’s Burgers).Recorded September 13, 2015.
Marc Guggenheim, Corinne Marshall, Evan Bleiweiss and Laura Valdivia

1:32:57 | Sep 29th, 2015

Marc Guggenheim (co-creator, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow), Corinne Marshall (School of Rock; Surviving Jack; creator, KC Undercover), Evan Bleiweiss (Rosewood; Matador; The Shield), and Laura Valdivia (Hot and Bothered; Weird Loners; Ben & Kate).Re...Show More
Family Men: Masters of the Family Sitcom

1:45:08 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Family Men: Masters of the Family Sitcom with Norman Lear (creator of All in The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, One Day at a Time, Sanford and Son, Good Times, and MORE), Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), and Steve Levitan (co-crea...Show More
An Animated Career 2

1:05:40 | Sep 19th, 2015

Join us for a lively panel discussion with a very engaged audience on the ups and downs of careers in cartoons between voice actor Jason Spisak (Young Justice), producer/writer/director/artist Shannon Eric Denton (Ultimate Spider-Man) , and writers H...Show More
Steven Knight

52:52 | Sep 15th, 2015

The creator of Peaky Blinders, The Detectives, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and screenwriter of the upcoming Pawn Sacrifice and World War Z II, as well as Locke, Closed Circuit, Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things, and others discusses his pro...Show More
The Leftovers

1:03:20 | Sep 8th, 2015

Writer/creator Damon Lindelof, director/executive producer Mimi Leder, and co-stars Ann Dowd, Chris Eccleston, Carrie Coon discuss the first season of the HBO series and what's coming next. Recorded June 7, 2015 at ATX
“To Adapt Is To Evolve” from ATX Television Festival

1:00:54 | Sep 5th, 2015

Adaptions are hard enough — honoring an original vision, satisfying a fan base, and translating characters from one medium (written word or film) to another (episodic television). What if in addition to that, you also had to balance tone, voices, and...Show More
“The Buyers” panel from ATX Television Festival

1:02:17 | Sep 1st, 2015

How does a studio or network know whether or not a show is right for them? What happens when multiple executives from different companies want the same series? Hear from a panel of network, cable, and platform executives responsonsible for buying con...Show More
Bunheads/Teachers/Younger panels from ATX Television Festival

1:59:41 | Aug 30th, 2015

First, Bunheads creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and cast members Sutton Foster, Kelly Bishop, and Stacey Oristano discuss the dance sequences, turning points, and character moments that made this Cancelled-Too-Soon series so loved in it's short time on...Show More
The Simpsons from ATX Television Festival

53:29 | Aug 25th, 2015

The Simpsons has spanned 27 years. It has shaped many people's childhood, young adolescence, and adulthood, while defining a culture and a medium. Listen to co-creator James L. Brooks, and veteran writers/producers Al Jean, Matt Selman, and David Sil...Show More
Justified finale panel from ATX Television Festival

1:08:39 | Aug 22nd, 2015

Esquire's Andy Langer chats with writer/creator Graham Yost, writer/producers Dave Andron and Fred Golan, director Jon Avnett, and co-star Nick Searcy (“Art Mullen”) about ending the brilliant FX series based upon the Elmore Leonard story.Recorded Ju...Show More
“Coffee with Amy Sherman-Palladino” from ATX Television Festival

1:07:53 | Aug 18th, 2015

The creator Gilmore Girls and Bunheads joins Entertainment Weekly's Danielle Nussbaum for an intimate conversation about the creation of her shows, writing strong characters and dialogue, and lots more.Recorded June 5, 2015 at ATX Television Festival...Show More
BAMFest at San Diego Comic Con

1:02:10 | Aug 11th, 2015

Riki Lindhome (co-creator, Another Period; Garfunkel & Oates), Mickey Fisher (creator, Extant), Tad Stones (creator, Darkwing Duck), Ben Edlund (creator, The Tick; Powers; Gotham), Cheryl Heuton (co-creator, Numb3rs), Jenny Klein (Supernatural), Aaro...Show More
James L. Brooks in conversation with Phil Rosenthal from ATX Television Festival.

50:29 | Aug 4th, 2015

James L. Brooks is the writer/director of such seminal films as Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News. In TV, he started in series such as My Mother the Car, That Girl, and The Andy Griffith Show before creating or co-creating a staggering list of s...Show More
Halt and Catch Fire

1:07:17 | Aug 1st, 2015

Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, creators of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, discuss telling personal stories in a public medium, writing together, pitching and selling, and more.
ORPHAN BLACK panel from ATX Television Festival

46:46 | Jul 25th, 2015

With co-creator Graeme Manson and co-star Kristian Bruun (“Donnie”). Hosted by Natalie Abrams (Entertainment Weekly). Recorded June 6, 2015 at ATX Television Festival.
BONUS EPISODE TV Writers Room from WonderCon

54:23 | Jul 23rd, 2015

Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's jocular senior VP of drama development & production Chris Parnell, this year's heroic lineup includes Jesse Alexander (Agent X, Heroes, Lost, Hannibal), Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Med...Show More
Marta Kauffman

53:56 | Jul 21st, 2015

The co-creator of Friends, Grace & Frankie, and Dream On discusses how she runs shows, what she looks for in a room, bringing heart to her shows, working with Netflix, the cultural impact of Friends, and lots more.Recorded June 5, 2015 at ATX Televis...Show More
BONUS EPISODE FX Comedy Night panels from ATX Television Festival

1:29:42 | Jul 16th, 2015

FX Comedy Night panels from ATX Television Festival, June 5, 2015.Married featuring creator Andrew Gurland and stars Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, Brett Gelman, and Sarah Burns; moderated by Ben Blacker; Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll featuring creator/star Denis Lear...Show More
Chris Carter

1:12:13 | Jul 14th, 2015

Chris Carter, The X-Files creator discusses returning to the franchise he started 24 years ago,  pitching and planning the show, mythology and “monster-of-the-week” episodes, his collaborators, how the room works, and lots more.
Neil Cross

1:34:48 | Jul 7th, 2015

Neil Cross, the creator of Luther and Crossbones talks about his beginnings as a novelist, banging his head against the wall, working from Wellington, New Zealand (where this interview was recorded!), learning TV from his first job on BBC's Spooks/MI...Show More
Kay Cannon

1:00:43 | Jun 30th, 2015

Kay Cannon, the hilarious, charming writer of Pitch Perfect and its sequel talks about her compulsion to write an a capella movie, her six years on 30 Rock, training at various Chicago improv studios, and lots more.
BONUS EPISODE: CBS Summer Series Writers from ATX Television Festival

55:31 | Jun 27th, 2015

Mickey Fisher (creator, Extant), Joshua Applebaum (co-creator, Zoo), and Adam Stein (Under the Dome) discuss their CBS summer event series, how they started in the business, and lots more. Under the Dome's third season debuted June 25; Zoo premieres ...Show More
BONUS EPISODE The Devoted Niche vs The Casual Mass panel from ATX Television Festival

56:10 | Jun 25th, 2015

What makes an audience valuable? Can a loyal, passionate fan base whose voice is ten times louder than a casual viewer make an impact? That and more are discussed by Phil Rosenthal (creator, Everybody Loves Raymond), Bryan Fuller (creator, Hannibal, ...Show More
BONUS EPISODE from ATX Television Festival

37:46 | Jun 18th, 2015

Following an advance screening of the Complications premiere, creator Matt Nix (Burn Notice), writer/producer Michael Horowitz, and stars Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Beth Riesgraf (Leverage) discuss the show with Mark Peikert of Backstage Magazine. ...Show More
Brannon Braga

1:02:17 | Jun 16th, 2015

Brannon Braga, the co-creator of WGN America's Salem discusses his 15 years in the Star Trek franchise, starting as an intern on The Next Generation, running Voyager, and creating Enterprise, as well as talking candidly about Fox's Terra Nova, gettin...Show More

1:06:34 | Jun 9th, 2015

Matt Nix, the creator of USA's upcoming Complications and Burn Notice returns to talk about his new medical thriller, telling a personal story, changing viewer habits, caring about stories, and making soup. Complications debuts on USA on June 18th.
Chris Sparling

1:05:33 | Jun 2nd, 2015

The writer of the Cannes premiering Sea of Trees, directed by Gus Van Sant, as well as thrillers-in-a-box Buried and ATM, talks about the good side of being pigeon-holed, breaking in, writing for himself, and lots more.

56:25 | May 30th, 2015

Creator/executive producer Joelle Garfinkel, director/executive producer David Slack, and co-star/executive producer Kate Bond discuss their new web-series, including its origins, the thematic goals, production, and lots more. Cam Girls premieres Jun...Show More

48:45 | May 19th, 2015

Director/co-writer Jack Plotnick and VFX supervisor Billy Brooks discuss the independent science fiction period black comedy, available now On Demand.

1:06:50 | May 12th, 2015

Showrunner Chad Hodge (creator of The Playboy Club, Runaway, and All About Us) talks about writing scripts you're passionate about, getting his unexpected break, early success in the Peter Engels (Saved by the Bell) camp, Oprah, writing pilots, and h...Show More
Jennie Snyder Urman

1:09:56 | May 5th, 2015

Jane the Virgin creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman (Gilmore Girls; Hope & Faith; Men in Trees) discusses the various stages of the show's development, finding Jane's voice, collaborating with her writers' room, the creation and cancelation of her...Show More
Adam Pava & Mark Miller

1:17:52 | Apr 25th, 2015

Adam Pava (The Boxtrolls; Out of Jimmy's Head) and Mark Miller (VP of Clive Barker's Seraphim Inc; writer of the Hellraiser comic) talk about writing as much as possible, writing even when you're not being paid, writing other people's properties, and...Show More
Better Call Saul

1:42:33 | Apr 21st, 2015

Better Call Saul season 1 in review with co-creator/co-showrunner Peter Gould, writers Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, and Gordon Smith, and special guest Michael McKean (Chuck). Recorded live at Largo at the Coronet on April 13, 2015.
Diane Ruggiero and iZombie

1:24:45 | Apr 14th, 2015

Diane Ruggiero co-created iZombie and became showrunner Rob Thomas's right hand on Veronica Mars. Here, we dig deep with Diane to talk about how she was always a writer, how she went from waitressing to selling her first script to Nora Ephron to crea...Show More
Spoiler Alert panel from ATX

56:20 | Apr 11th, 2015

While TV viewing evolves so does our appetite for spoilers. How do they affect how we consume television? Featuring Beau Willimon (creator, House of Cards), Udo Azuba (actor, Orange is the New Black), Nick Wechsler (actor, Revenge), Kerry Ehrin (crea...Show More

1:21:13 | Apr 7th, 2015

The Comedians co-creator and showrunner talks about his new FX show, working with a comedy legend, who steers the ship on an auteur-driven show, his time on season 4 of Community, season 4 of Arrested Development, and the only season of The Michael J...Show More

1:08:13 | Mar 31st, 2015

Peter Horton, the actor (thirtysomething), director (Grey's Anatomy; Dirty Sexy Money), and writer discusses the new show he co-created, American Odyssey, as well as storytelling in its different modes, working on and behind the camera, building char...Show More

1:01:18 | Mar 28th, 2015

Indie game creator Alexis Kennedy (Fallen London, Sunless Sea) of Failbetter Games plumbs the murky depths of games with Heath Corson (Bizarro, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) as they discuss the role of Kickstarter in indie gaming, game pacing, ...Show More

45:19 | Mar 24th, 2015

Diane Ruggiero (co-creator, iZombie; Veronica Mars; creator, That's Life) and Sarah Shapiro (creator, UnReal) discuss their new shows and take questions from the audience.
Mutant Enemy writers room reunion

1:37:46 | Mar 17th, 2015

David Greenwalt (Buffy seasons 1-3; co-creator of Angel; later work includes co-creating Grimm), Marti Noxon (Buffy seasons 2-7; Angel; later work includes co-creating Un-Real and developing Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce), David Fury (Buffy seasons 2...Show More
BONUS EPISODE: Robot Chicken

53:19 | Mar 14th, 2015

Heath Corson (Bizarro, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) is on special assignment at the Stoopid Buddy HQ to interview the masterminds behind ROBOT CHICKEN: co-creator Matt Senreich, Exec. Producer Eric Towner and John Harvatine. Tune in as they ta...Show More
BANSHEE's Jonathan Tropper

50:31 | Mar 10th, 2015

Jonathan Tropper, the co-creator of Banshee and author of six novels including Plan B and This Is Where I Leave You discusses discovering plot in the process of writing, his interests as a writer, developing Banshee and keeping it interesting, and lo...Show More
Bates Motel

1:03:21 | Mar 3rd, 2015

Co-creator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights; Boston Public) and co-star Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) discuss their collaboration on both the hit A&E drama and the pilot they co-wrote this year. They also talk about keeping Bat...Show More

1:09:00 | Feb 24th, 2015

Executive producer Matt Thompson and co-producer Casey Willis, both of whom have been with show creator Adam Reed since Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo, discuss how Archer is written and produced, the increasing quality of the animation, working with FX...Show More
EMPIRE's Ilene Chaiken

1:05:20 | Feb 17th, 2015

The showrunner of Fox's hit Empire and the creator of Showtime's The L Word, Ilene Chaiken talks about the similarities between these shows, her years as a development executive for Aaron Spelling, how the Empire room tries to be true to the voices o...Show More
Friends Writers Room Reunion Part 1

1:50:39 | Feb 10th, 2015

Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss (season 1; later work includes co-creating Partners), Alexa Junge (seasons 1-5; later work includes Grace and Frankie [with Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman]; United States of Tara; Once and Again), and Adam Chase (sea...Show More
TV Executives

1:45:55 | Feb 3rd, 2015

CBS's Bryan Seabury, Sony's Chris Parnell, and Caitlin Foito of ABC Studios take you inside the TV pitching and selling process from another perspective. Their candid conversation covers how decisions are made, what works in pitching and selling, the...Show More

1:07:16 | Jan 27th, 2015

Co-creator/showrunner Bob Fisher (Traffic Light) and actor Kevin Bigley of the USA half-hour program Sirens chat about how the show is made, shooting in Chicago, comedy they love, and lots more. Season 2 of Sirens premieres tonight on USA!
Nell Scovell

1:14:31 | Jan 20th, 2015

Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch series, has been in the business for thirty years and has worked with such luminaries as David Letterman, the Smothers Brothers, and more. She's been on the staff of such shows as Newhart, Coach...Show More
Patton Oswalt and John Hodgman

1:05:23 | Jan 13th, 2015

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt's new book, Silver Screen Fiend, is out now. In this chat with author, humorist, and actor John Hodgman, Patton talks about how the book came to be, his love of movies, comedy, and lots more. Recorded at Barnes & Nobl...Show More
HART OF DIXIE's Leila Gerstein

1:21:50 | Jan 6th, 2015

The creator of Hart of Dixie, which begins its fourth season this Friday (January 9), talks about creating the show, being a first-time showrunner, working with the CW, creating the show as a response to her time on Gossip Girl, as well as how she br...Show More
Year in Review

1:19:33 | Dec 16th, 2014

Our old pals Josh Friedman (showrunner, The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Avatar sequel), Aaron Ginsburg (The 100; Intelligence; The Good Guys), and Emily Halpern (co-creator, Trophy Wife) discuss the difficulty in getting things made in 2014, the buying ...Show More
GIRLS' Jenni Konner

53:16 | Dec 9th, 2014

Since starting out as an assistant on Freaks and Geeks and her first staff writer job on Undeclared, Jenni Konner has gone on to write and produce shows for network television and cable. She's now the co-showrunner of HBO's Girls with show creator Le...Show More
Ben Queen, Kim Shumway and Deirdre Mangan

1:08:30 | Dec 2nd, 2014

Ben Queen (creator, A to Z), Kim Shumway (The 100; Dallas), Deirdre Mangan (I, Zombie). Getting back to our “panel” roots by throwing together three writers from different backgrounds and experiences to talk about the business and process of writing ...Show More
SCORPION's Nick Santora

1:21:51 | Nov 25th, 2014

The creator of CBS's hit Scorpion and the beloved Prison Break talks about his work habits, blending drama and comedy, transitioning from law to screenwriting, what he looks for in putting together a room, and more.
Bojack Horseman

1:15:28 | Nov 18th, 2014

Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and designer Lisa Hanawalt discuss the conception of the animated comedy, Raphael's inspiration from Lisa's middle-school drawings, the freedom of working with Netflix, going dark and serialized, and lots more.Get the new...Show More

1:00:52 | Nov 11th, 2014

The creators of the USA comedy, Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live; Trophy Wife) and Damon Jones (Halfway Home) discuss issue-driven comedy, long takes, complicated characters, selling their series twice, their writers' room, and lots more. Benche...Show More

1:09:05 | Nov 4th, 2014

Erica Messer has been with Criminal Minds from its first day and has been promoted through the ranks to showrunner of the long-running CBS series. She talks about the big changes the show has made over the years, where the staff finds stories, balanc...Show More
Showrunners Documentary

58:49 | Oct 28th, 2014

Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey, director Des Doyle, and author Tara Bennett (who wrote the official companion to the film, Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show) discuss showrunning and showrunners, what sort of a person becomes one, what they di...Show More
Rina Mimoun

1:02:03 | Oct 21st, 2014

The showrunner of Red Band Society and Mistresses talks about writing at the heyday of the WB, having worked on Jack & Jill, Dawson's Creek, and Everwood (eventually running the latter), developing the delightful Privileged only to find it didn't fit...Show More
Chris Chibnall

1:10:13 | Oct 14th, 2014

The creator of Broadchurch and its American remake, Fox's Gracepoint, as well as Born and Bred, discusses writing personal stories, show-running Torchwood and Law & Order: UK, writing for Doctor Who and Life on Mars, advice from Russell T. Davies, hi...Show More
Sam Shaw

1:13:54 | Oct 7th, 2014

The creator of WGN's terrific series Manhattan talks about his inspiration for the show, relationships with writers, balancing his characters' stories with historical fact, what he learned from working on Masters of Sex, and lots more.
Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters

53:46 | Sep 30th, 2014

The showrunners of both Marvel's Agent Carter series debuting in January and ABC's Resurrection (second season Sept 28) talk about their long writing partnership, what they learned from their colleagues on series as diverse as Law & Order: SVU, Dollh...Show More
Person of Interest

1:12:31 | Sep 23rd, 2014

Creator/executive producer Jonah Nolan (The Dark Knight), executive producer/co-showrunner Greg Plageman (NYPD Blue), and writers/producers Lucas O'Connor, Erik Mountain, Ashley Gable, and Andy Callahan chat about the 4th season of the hit CBS drama,...Show More
Simon Barrett

57:57 | Sep 16th, 2014

The writer of the lauded horror film You're Next as well as the upcoming The Guest talks about writing for himself and his creative partner Adam Wingard as well as for an audience, walks us through his late nights of writing, his attempts to write fi...Show More
Nerdist Podcast Network Super Panel

1:00:00 | Sep 14th, 2014

Live from SDCC 2014, it's the Nerdist Podcast Super Panel with Matt Mira (Nerdist, James Bonding), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Jonah Raydio), Janet Varney (The JV Club), Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture), Gil Letelier (The Mutant Season), Ben Blacker (Nerdist W...Show More
Quick Draw

53:43 | Sep 9th, 2014

Creators of the Hulu original series, director Nancy Hower and actor John Lehr, talk about their improvised Western procedural sit-com, how they collaborate, comedy influences, their previous show, TBS's 10 Items or Less, and lots more. Season 2 of Q...Show More
“So Dramatic” panel from ATX

1:13:00 | Sep 2nd, 2014

With Liz Tigelaar (Nashville; Bates Motel; creator, Life Unexpected), Kyle Killer (creator, Awake and Lone Star), Mark Johnson (EP, Rectify), Bryan Seabury (VP, Drama Development at CBS), David Madden (President, Fox TV Studios). Moderated by the AV ...Show More
Ratings, Recaps, Reviews panel from ATX

1:32:42 | Aug 26th, 2014

Kyle Killen (Awake; Lone Star) knows more about ratings than he cares to, and he's going to break it down for you starting with who, what, when, where, or IF watching matters. Dissecting Neilsen, DVRs, live viewing, social media, and streaming, he’ll...Show More
Legend of Korra/Avatar: the Last Airbender

1:30:50 | Aug 19th, 2014

Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino talk about bringing their adventure/action/comedy/coming-of-age animated series to the screen, finding a new process for producing animated television, their non-cancelation, the big screen adaptat...Show More
Maureen Johnson

1:00:11 | Aug 12th, 2014

The author of such young-adult novels as The Name of the Star (first of the “Shades of London” series), 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Suite Scarlett talks about writing and writing and writing...
Reboot, Re-imagine, Remake panel from ATX Television Festival

23:19 | Aug 5th, 2014

Whether it's a beloved relationship (Jason Katims' About a Boy), a specific tone (Noah Hawley's Fargo), a foreign format (Andy Daly's Review), or a tale with a pre-determined ending (Carlton Cuse's Bates Motel), a reimagined story looks to balance th...Show More
Thomas Lennon & Neal Baer Live at San Diego ComicCon!

43:27 | Jul 29th, 2014

Thomas Lennon (co-creator, Reno 911; Night at the Museum; @midnight) and Neal Baer (showrunner, Under the Dome; ER; Law & Order: SVU). Recorded live at the Nerdist space at Petco Park during San Diego ComicCon, on July 24, 2014.
Terence Winter

1:20:07 | Jul 22nd, 2014

The creator of Boardwalk Empire and Oscar nominee for his adaptation of the Wolf of Wall Street talks about his start in sit-coms, short-lived, and syndicated shows, lessons from great rooms (including The Sopranos), his interests in crime and cons (...Show More
Pairing Off: A Look at Co-Creating and Writing from ATX Television Festival

1:10:09 | Jul 15th, 2014

Mike Royce and Ray Romano (creators, Men of a Certain Age); Emily Halpern (co-creator, Trophy Wife), Andy Daly (co-creator, Review), and Kerry Ehrin (co-creator, Bates Motel) discuss working with another creative person, how pilots are created togeth...Show More
Carlton Cuse

1:00:29 | Jul 8th, 2014

From this year's ATX Television Festival, an intimate discussion of his influences and TV inspirations, his mentors, tales on how he got his start, and his personal and professional highs and lows. Joined by Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall, Cuse talks about ...Show More
Adam Rogers Returns!

1:10:00 | Jul 1st, 2014

We last spoke with Wired editor Adam Rogers way back in episode 24 and discussed the book he had just begun. Now that book is here! Proof: The Science of Booze is a fascinating and immensely enjoyable survey of how your favorite spirit gets into your...Show More
Orphan Black

1:23:24 | Jun 24th, 2014

Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, creators of Orphan Black, talk about the long gestation period of their clone saga, how the show works, what each of them brings to the project, what happens in the room, and lots more. PLUS: a not-so-great recording (...Show More
Noah Hawley and Fargo

1:20:04 | Jun 17th, 2014

Noah Hawley (creator of My Generation and The Unusuals) talks about adapting the Coen Brothers' movie for the ten-episode FX series, the atypical writing and production process for the show, and what may come next. PLUS: Hawley, producer Warren Littl...Show More
The Signal

1:05:04 | Jun 10th, 2014

Will Eubank has worked as a cinematographer for years in the film industry, and now his second feature as writer/director, The Signal, is being released by Focus Features. Will talks about how he got where he is, bringing visual style to scripts, and...Show More
Writers and The Law

1:13:45 | Jun 3rd, 2014

This is not the name of a terrible TV procedural, but rather the topic of discussion with lawyer Larry Zerner and lawer-turned-TV-writer David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights). What do writers, especially beginning writers, need to know about their righ...Show More
Improvisation in TV and Film panel from C2E2

1:06:52 | May 27th, 2014

Second City luminary Craig Cackowski (Community; Veep), and Second City alumni Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin (Thrilling Adventure Hour) discuss improvisation techniques and uses for aspiring actors at a panel at Chicago's C2E2. So much of this applie...Show More

40:01 | May 20th, 2014

Creator/co-showrunner Kevin Biegel (co-creator, Cougar Town) and co-showrunner Mike Royce (co-creator, Men of a Certain Age) discuss the critically beloved Fox comedy, why it's personal for them both, breaking stories, and more.
Person of Interest

1:12:31 | May 13th, 2014

Creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight; Interstellar) and executive producer Greg Plageman (NYPD Blue; Cold Case) sit down to talk about the hit CBS show, balancing procedural, sci-fi, and personal stories, working in the room, an...Show More
The Children of Tendu/Nerdist Writers Panel crossover part 2!

57:21 | May 6th, 2014

Ben Blacker sits down with Children of Tendu hosts Javier Grillo-Marxuatch (Helix; creator, The Middleman) and Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow; Terra Nova) and their mentors Rene Echevarria (Star Trek: TNG/DS9; Dark Angel; Medium; Terra Nova) and Naren Sh...Show More
New writers!

1:30:18 | Apr 29th, 2014

Judalina Neira (who went from the NBC writers program to being writers' assistant on Do No Harm) and Heidi Cole McAdams (who moved from development to writing for ABC's Intelligence), so-called “baby writers,” staff writers who recently have been giv...Show More
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

1:23:02 | Apr 22nd, 2014

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, The Chronicles of Narnia, and more, chat about their process, being architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being pleasant to work with, an...Show More
The Scriptnotes/Nerdist Writers Panel Crossover part 2!

1:13:26 | Apr 15th, 2014

Scriptnotes hosts John August (Big Fish; Frankenweenie; Go) and Craig Mazin (The Hangover 2; Identity Thief) join NWP's Ben Blacker to talk about what Craig and John are working on, their writing habits, take questions from the audience, and more.For...Show More
Jonathan Groff, Rob Doherty, & Steven Maeda

1:23:05 | Apr 8th, 2014

Jonathan Groff (creator, Andy Barker PI; Happy Endings; Scrubs); Rob Doherty (creator, Elementary); Steven Maeda (Helix; Pan Am; Lost; X-Files). Recorded March 16, 2014
Matt Walsh

1:00:49 | Apr 1st, 2014

UCB co-founder Matt Walsh (actor, Veep, Dog Bites Man) talks about his present project as writer/director, A Better You, which is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to pay for post-production. Matt chats about scripting an improvised film, writi...Show More

1:19:31 | Mar 25th, 2014

Andy Daly, writer/actor Andy Blitz, and writer/director Jeffrey Blitz discuss their terrific new Comedy Central show Review. How the show was made, Andy's character “Forrest McNeil,” how episodes are broken, and the arc of the show are discussed.

1:25:07 | Mar 18th, 2014

Clark Gregg (writer/director: Choke; Trust Me; actor: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD); Dan Bucatinsky (writer: Web Therapy; Grey's Anatomy; actor: Scandal); Liz Vassey (writer: NBC bowling pilot; actor: CSI; The Tick)Recorded March 9, 2014
Moira Kirland, Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett, and Douglas Petrie

1:23:16 | Mar 11th, 2014

Moira Kirland (Arrow; Castle); Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (SyFy's upcoming 12 Monkeys; Nikita; Terra Nova); and returning guest Douglas Petrie (Buffy; American Horror Story: Coven).Recorded February 16, 2014.
Phillip Iscove, Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin, and Cole Haddon

1:31:11 | Mar 4th, 2014

Phillip Iscove (co-creator, Sleepy Hollow); Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing; Carnivale); Cole Haddon (creator, NBC's Dracula).Recorded February 9, 2014.
Bryan Fuller

1:40:26 | Feb 25th, 2014

The creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me discusses his work habits, putting a philosophy in every scene, death, collaboration, Star Trek, and lots more.Recorded January 19, 2014.
Michelle Ashford, John Hamburg, and Carlos Coto

1:23:53 | Feb 18th, 2014

Michelle Ashford (creator, Masters of Sex); John Hamburg (Meet the Parents; Zoolander; creator, Welcome to the Captain), Carlos Coto (showrunner, From Dusk Till Dawn).
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

1:04:14 | Feb 11th, 2014

The writers of Horrible Bosses, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Burt Wonderstone; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) talk about t