The Writers Panel

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 responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 500 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

TV & Film
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Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz (One Day at a Time; Br...
Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz (Gordita Chronicles; One Day at a Time; Love Life; Diary of a Future President; Brooklyn 99) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV showrunning. This Q&A is specifically about showrunners as writer/producers.
67 min
2
One Of Us Is Lying and I Ship It + C. Robert Ca...
Erica Saleh (creator/showrunner, One of Us Is Lying) and Yulin Kuang (creator, I Ship It; upcoming: People We Meet On Vacation) battle technical difficulties and interruptions to bring some great advice about pitching and what general meetings are good for
44 min
3
John Ross Bowie + Chuck Wendig
First, actor/writer John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory; Speechless) on his new memoir, No Job For a Man. Then, author Chuck Wendig (Wanderers; The Book of Accidents; Star Wars: Aftermath) on his new novel Wayward.
80 min
4
Vampire Academy, Shantaram, High School, and Th...
Julie Plec (creator/showrunner, Vampire Academy, Vampire Diaries, Legacies), Steve Lightfoot (creator/showrunner, Shantaram, The Punisher), Laura Kittrell (co-showrunner, High School; Insecure), and Dana Ledoux Miller (showrunner, Thai Cave Rescue) discuss their personal connections to their current projects, how it never gets easier, how it's always a joy. PLUS: Julia Yorks (1UP; Strawberry Shortcake) has a new podcast called The Baby Writers Podcast in which she chats with TV and feature writers who broke into the entertainment industry within the past few years.
89 min
5
Do Revenge + Confess, Fletch
Do Revenge director/co-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Thor: Love and Thunder) and co-writer Celeste Ballard (Space Jam: A New Legacy; Wrecked) discuss striking a specific tone, being the Alpha and Beta in friendship and working relationships, how the movie was written three times, how working on Thor: Love and Thunder changed Jenn's approach to directing, and more. PLUS a chat with writer/director Greg Mottola (Confess, Fletch; Adventureland; The Dangerous Book For Boys).
89 min
6
Will Graham (A League of Their Own;); Melissa L...
Will Graham (co-creator, A League of Their Own; showrunner, Daisy Jones and the Six), Melissa London Hilfers (creator, Monarch) and Conner Shin (Harley Quinn; Fairfax) discuss writing for actors, building a machine that works, and why Will wants you to bring photos of your loved ones to the writers' room. PLUS a chat with The Ebo Twins (writer/director and producer of Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.)
67 min
7
Bruce Miller (The Handmaid's Tale); Veronica We...
Bruce Miller (creator/showrunner, The Handmaid's Tale), Veronica West (creator/showrunner, Surface; co-creator, High Fidelity), Natalie Chaidez (The Flight Attendant; Queen of the South), and Eric Haywood (Law & Order: Organized Crime; Manifest) discuss what keeps them going, specific shows they've worked on, what makes a room functional, and the best part of writing. PLUS: a chat with DC League of Super-Pets co-writer/co-director Jared Stern (creator, Dr Ken)
80 min
8
Better Call Saul series wrap-up
Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould and writers Tom Schnauz, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock, Ann Cherkis, and Ariel Levine discuss the road to the end, pitches that got away, whether the series had a happy ending, and, finally, the answer to the question they posed in previous appearances: What problem does becoming Saul Goodman solve?
92 min
9
Writers for young people with Ben Acker, Preeti...
Ben Acker (author, Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires); Preeti Chhibber (author, Spider-Man's Social Dilemma); Sarvenaz Tash (author, The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love; upcoming: A Whole Song and Dance); Lily Sparks (author, Teen Killers Club series); Halima Lucas (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur; Rugrats) talk about writing for young audiences, their work habits, letting your characters lead, and more.
72 min
10
Writer/actor Bonnie Hunt (creator, Amber Brown,...
Bonnie Hunt is a comedy hero, an incredible funny writer, improvisor, and actor. If you've seen any of Bonnie's early sitcoms--The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie--then you know and love the "Bonnie Hunt voice." How she came to that voice and point of view, as well as translating it to movies like Return to Me (which she co-wrote and directed) and the new Apple+ series Amber Brown (based on the book by Paula Danziger) are discussed, along with her writing process, making television in the 90s and today, and how improv is like writing.
49 min
11
Steve Yockey (creator, The Flight Attendant; sh...
Steve Yockey (creator, The Flight Attendant; showrunner, Dead Boy Detectives); Dennis Lehane (creator, Black Bird; The Outsider; The Wire); Yahlin Chang (Handmaid's Tale; Supergirl);
61 min
12
Claudia Forestieri (creator/showrunner, The Gor...
Claudia Forestieri (creator/showrunner, The Gordita Chronicles); Akilah Green (Black Monday; A Black Lady Sketch Show); Pilar Golden (creator/showrunner, Sinking Ship’s Beyond Black Beauty; Gossip Girl)
52 min
13
Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Chip n Dale: Rescue R...
Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers)
68 min
14
Joby Harold (showrunner, Obi-Wan); Kerry Ehrin ...
Kerry Ehrin (showrunner, The Morning Show; co-creator, Bates Motel), Joby Harold (showrunner, Obi-Wan; John Wick 3; Army of the Dead), and Gina Ippolito (The Unicorn; Murphy Brown; Regular Show) talk about the overwhelming responsibility of showrunning, big stars, weighty expectations, improvising plotting, and the death of Chewbacca.
54 min
15
Jason Katims (creator, As We See It, Parenthood...
Jason Katims (creator, As We See It, Parenthood); Tony McNamara (creator, The Great); The Girl from Plainville creators Liz Hannah (The Dropout; The Post) and Patrick MacManus (Dr. Death; Happy!) talk about plotting, writing for your characters, how they got their unique shows to air and how you can too!
57 min
16
Robert Eggers (The Northman; The VVitch; The Li...
Robert Eggers (The VVitch; The Lighthouse) discusses his new film, The Northman, as well as his interest in research, writing a "crowd pleaser" vs "weird stories," self-awareness, influences, and more.
44 min
17
The Chelsea Detective team with creator Peter F...
The Chelsea Detective team, creator Peter Fincham (former BBC/ITV director) and writers Glen Laker (Vera, Prime Suspect: 1972) and Liz Lake (Footballers Wives; Eastenders) discuss the challenges of a writing a classic-feeling detective show, the 90-minute format, compelling mysteries and compelling characters, and making yourself the audience.
63 min
18
Taylor Cox at DePaul University + Best Pick!
Taylor Cox (Miracle Workers; Single Parents) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV writers rooms. Thanks to Martha McGee for extending the invitation and teaching such a cool class! PLUS: A chat with Best Pick podcast hosts and now AUTHORS about their new book all about the Oscars!
75 min
19
Chris Silber (NCIS Hawaii); Celeste Ballard (Sp...
Chris Silber (showrunner, NCIS Hawaii) and Celeste Ballard (Space Jam: A New Legacy; Wrecked) talk about early jobs at SNL and on the Tremors TV series, getting their second staff jobs, how to behave in meetings, and writing the show you want to watch.
61 min
20
Shining Vale creators Jeff Astrof and Sharon Ho...
Shining Vale creators Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error; Friends) and Sharon Horgan (Divorce; Catastrophe) discuss their new show which premiered on Starz this week. Plus: comedy and horror, jokes from character and "knock knock" jokes, Courtney Cox, and more.
48 min
21
Garrett Lerner & Russel Friend (creators, Ordin...
Garrett Lerner & Russel Friend (creators, Ordinary Joe; House; Glee), Rebecca Sonnenshine (creator, Archive 81; The Boys), and Mike Zara (Crime Farm; Major Crimes) talk about magic scripts, the best rooms, keeping a rejected scenes pile, and bleeding on the page.
65 min
22
Katie Wech (creator, Good Sam); Lauren Pomerant...
Katie Wech (creator, Good Sam), Lauren Pomerantz (head writer, The Ellen Degeneres Show; SNL; Am I Okay?), and Simran Baidwan (Ordinary Joe; Manifest) cover a lot of territory, including how rising tides truly lift all boats, the power of saying no, new directions in writing and careers, and ladies in blouses solving crimes.
52 min
23
Rodney Barnes, Marissa Jo Cerar and Simone Finch
Rodney Barnes (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty; Everybody Loves Chris); Marissa Jo Cerar (creator, Women of the Movement; The Fosters); Simone Finch (creator, Single Drunk Female; The Conners)
55 min
24
Looking back and looking ahead. 2021 in review,...
Angela Kang (showrunner, The Walking Dead); Carlos Foglia (AEon Flux; The Lost Symbol); J Holtham (Supergirl; The Handmaid's Tale); Julia Yorks (Trolls: The Beat Goes On; upcoming: 1UP)
81 min
25
Devon Greggory, Mellow Brown, Jen Vestuto, Meli...
Ben sits down with Devon Greggory (showrunner, The Game; American Soul); Mellow Brown (American Gods; Blade Runner: Origins comic); Jen Vestuto and Melissa Marlette (Nancy Drew; Vampire Diaries).
61 min
26
Prentice Penny
Writer/director Prentice Penny (Insecure; Scrubs) talks about how making TV should be fun, helping others to bring their visions to the screen, being the only Black writer in comedy rooms, directing his first feature Uncorked, and lots more. The fifth and final season of Insecure is out now on HBO Max!
61 min
27
Reggie Bythewood, Meg DeLoatch, Peter McKenna
Reggie Bythewood (showrunner, Swagger), Meg DeLoatch (showrunner, The Neighborhood and creator, Family Reunion), and Peter McKenna (creator, Kin) discuss working during a pandemic, breaking in, the value of producing, and more.
77 min
28
Live from the virtual Ripped Bodice bookstore: ...
Live from the virtual Ripped Bodice bookstore, Sarah Kuhn (writer: Heroine Complex series, From Little Tokyo, With Love, Shadow of the Batgirl), Christina Strain (writer: Shadow & Bone, The Magicians, Finding Ohana), and Ella Jay Basco (actress: Birds of Prey) discuss Asian American superheroines to launch HOLLYWOOD HEROINE, the fifth book in Sarah's HEROINE COMPLEX series.
67 min
29
Kourtney Kang, John Hoffman, Migizi Pensoneau
Kourtney Kang (showrunner, Doogie Kamealoha, MD; How I Met Your Mother), John Hoffman (co-creator, Only Murders in the Building), and Migizi Pensoneau (Reservation Dogs) talk about why their shows were inevitable in the current TV landscape, good room practices, and revisiting old favorites.
61 min
30
Akela Cooper, James DeMonaco, Sujata Day, and V...
Akela Cooper (Malignant); James DeMonaco (The Purge), Sujata Day (Definition Please), and Vince Marcello (The Kissing Booth) chat about unlikely wins, surprising rejections, and juggling multiple projects.
56 min
31
Ali Schouten, Alissa Nutting, and Lucas Brown Eyes
Ali Schouten (show-runner, iCarly), Alissa Nutting (creator, Made for Love), and Lucas Brown Eyes (Young and Hungry; Alexa and Katie) discuss hiring, schedule management, and the importance of doing your writing homework.
49 min
32
Hacks creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and P...
Hacks creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs go in depth on the pitch for the show, writing strong characters, what they get out of a writers' room, and lots more. The first season of Hacks is available on HBO Max and we don't even know why you haven't watched it yet.
46 min
33
Household Faces with John Ross Bowie
Ben talks to character actor John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Speechless) about his new Forever Dog podcast HOUSEHOLD FACES where he interviews other character actors about their most iconic roles, the ones that got away, and the secrets of show business longevity. AND THEN enjoy John's complete interview with the great Martha Plimpton (The Goonies, Parenthood, Raising Hope)
73 min
34
Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Michael Fuller, and...
Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal (creators of Blindspotting), Michael Fuller (creator, Quarry; The Mosquito Coast) and Jamie Rosengard (The Last Thing He Told Me; Truth Be Told; Empire) discuss Zoom rooms, improvising on set, and the "sofas to die on." Plus: a bonus interview with the writer and director of the new Netflix thriller Beckett, Kevin Rice and Ferdinando Filomarino.
78 min
35
Shawn Simmons, Bianca Sams, and Gabriel Garza
A panel interview with Shawn Simmons (creator, Wayne); Bianca Sams (Charmed; The Originals); and Gabriel Garza (The Flash; co-creator, Bella and the Bulldogs). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
68 min
36
Ed Solomon (No Sudden Move, Bill and Ted) + Bon...
Ed Solomon talks about his new collaboration with Steven Soderbergh, No Sudden Moves (out now on HBO Max), how the creation of Bill & Ted came from a place of freedom, breaking in too early, writing for It's Garry Shandling's Show, interest vs passion, writing for yourself, and lots more. Plus, a bonus interview with Craig Moss (writer/diretor, Let Us In; Bad Ass)
78 min
37
Iliza Shlesinger, Josh Ruben, Mishna Wolff, and...
A panel interview with Iliza Shlesinger (Good On Paper); Josh Ruben and Mishna Wolff (Werewolves Within); and Alice Wu (The Half of It). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
57 min
38
Annie Weisman, Valerie Armstrong, and Lauren Ol...
A panel interview with Annie Weisman (creator, Physical); Valerie Armstrong (creator, Kevin Can F**K Himself); and Lauren Oliver (creator, Panic). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
47 min
39
Shauna Mcgarry, Paul Bae, and Talicia Raggs + B...
Shauna Mcgarry (Katy Keene; Bojack Horseman), Paul Bae (creator, The Black Tapes podcast), and Talicia Raggs (NCIS: New Orleans; The Originals) go deep on breaking story, the nuts and bolts of pitching, and finding your place in a writers' room. Plus a bonus interview with Shannon Kenny Carbonell, whose memoir All Is Not Lost is available now.
83 min
40
Ali Rushfield, Ryan O'Connell, and Gladys Rodri...
Panel interview with Ali Rushfield (creator, Shrill); Ryan O'Connell (creator, Special); and Gladys Rodriguez (Vida; Sons of Anarchy). Plus a bonus interview with Adam Rodgers. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
85 min
41
Best Pick Crossover Episode!
A chat with the wonderful hosts of Best Pick, a podcast in which film buffs Tom Salinsky, John Dorney, and Jessica Regan watch every Oscar nominated film in no particular order. It's a delightful show that you should absolutely check out.
71 min
42
Bentley Kyle Evans, Mike Drucker, and Chris Bra...
Panel interview with Bentley Kyle Evans (co-creator, The Jamie Foxx Show; Millennials; Martin), Mike Drucker (head writer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), and Chris Brandon (creator, Bloodlands) talk about becoming comfortable as writers, writing for specific performers, and more. Plus a chat with Leila Cohan (Bridgerton; Santa Clarita Diet) about her valuable new newsletter, Room Snacks. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
78 min
43
Chris Sheridan, Nancy Kiu, Emily Chang, and Sar...
A panel interview with Chris Sheridan (creator, Resident Alien, Family Guy); Nancy Kiu (Batwoman, MacGuyver); Emily Chang & Sara Amini (Twilight Zone). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
54 min
44
Jordan Blum, Janet Lin, and Jim Barnes
A panel interview with Jordan Blum (showrunner, MODOK); Janet Lin (Bridgerton; The Orville); and Jim Barnes (The Walking Dead; Timeless). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
55 min
45
Ronald D. Moore, Sigal Avin, and Lana Cho
A panel interview with Ronald D. Moore (creator, For all Mankind; Battlestar Galactica); Sigal Avin (creator, Losing Alice); and Lana Cho (Four Weddings and a Funeral; Timeless). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
65 min
46
Jami O'Brien and Cindy Fang
A panel interview with Jami O'Brien (NOS4A2, Hell on Wheels) and Cindy Fang (Fresh Off the Boat, Girl Meets World). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
40 min
47
Simon Allen (The Watch)
A chat with Simon Allen, creator of BBC America's The Watch, based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. An engrossing conversation about telling personal stories, expanding the language of TV, and more.
48 min
48
2020 Year in Review
Say goodbye to 2020 with a visit from some of this year's favorite guests talking about Zoom rooms, pitching remotely, and the ways in which this awful year will impact the future of the industry. With Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future President), Andrew Miller (creator, Secret Circle), J. Holtham (Supergirl), Tamara Brecher (Doom Patrol), Nicole Levy (SWAT), and Carlos Foglia (Lore).
85 min
49
Moises Zamora, Amit Cohen, and Ron Leshem
A panel interview with the creator and co-showrunner of Selena, MOISES ZAMORA, and the co-creators of No Man's Land and Valley of Tears, AMIT COHEN and RON LESHEM. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
54 min
50
Writers Panel Throwback: Conan Writers (2016)
Conan premiered on TBS ten years ago this month. With Conan O'Brien's announcement that the series would end next year, what better time to revisit this conversation with the Conan writing staff from 2016?
85 min
51
Writers Panel Throwback: Vince Gilligan (2012)
An in-depth chat with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Vince is candid and thoughtful about his past experiences (including seven years on the X-Files), the process of creating complex characters, and the importance of collaboration. Originally aired 3/5/2012
83 min
52
Christopher Landon (Writer/Director, Freaky and...
Christopher Landon put in his time in the feature trenches before breaking through in a huge way with the terrific Happy Death Day and its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.
49 min
53
Writers Panel Throwback: Creators of The Walkin...
In celebration of Halloween, please enjoy this classic Writers Panel interview with The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara and writers Scott Gimple and Angela Kang.
66 min
54
Justin Simien (Bad Hair, Dear White People)
Justin Simien is the mind behind the terrific movie and TV show Dear White People as well as the new horror-comedy Bad Hair (premiering on Hulu 10/23). Justin has thoughtful, smart, funny things to say both in his movies and this podcast! Some great concepts about writing stories to believe in, art and commerce, process, humor, and SHADE. Don't miss this one.
63 min
55
Host (Rob Savage, Gemma Hurley, & Jed Shepherd)
A panel interview with the minds behind Host, the scariest fiction to come out of the pandemic - Writer/Director Rob Savage and Writers Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
55 min
56
Mary Laws (Monsterland), Brannon Braga (Books o...
A panel interview with Mary Laws (creator, Monsterland); Brannon Braga (director/co-writer, Books of Blood); and Matt Morgan (producer, Helstrom). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
59 min
57
Neasa Hardiman, Matt Negrete, & Aaron B. Koontz
A panel interview with Neasa Hardiman (writer/director, Sea Fever); Matt Negrete (co-creator, The Walking Dead: World Beyond); and Aaron B. Koontz (director/co-writer, The Pale Door). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
55 min
58
Writers Panel Throwback: Damon Lindelof (2012)
Lost premiered 16 years ago today. Co-creator Damon Lindelof has been a frequent and welcome guest on the podcast. To celebrate Lost-iversary, revisit this conversation from 2012 when Damon was transitioning from massive TV success to movies like the Aliens tie-in Prometheus and JJ Abrams' Star Trek films. A triumphant return to showrunning, with The Leftovers in 2014 and Watchmen in 2019, were still years away. A fascinating period for a remarkable writer.
57 min
59
Aline Brosh McKenna at DePaul University
TV and feature writer and director Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; The Devil Wears Prada) answers questions from DePaul University's Showrunners class about drama and comedy, movies and TV, finding your voice, and more.
52 min
60
Denitria Harris-Lawrence, Rachel Shukert, & Kat...
Panel interview with Denitria Harris-Lawrence (David Makes Man; Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.); Rachel Shukert (creator, The Baby-Sitters Club; GLOW); and Kathleen Jordan (creator, Teenage Bounty Hunters; American Princess).
88 min
61
Infinity Train (Owen Dennis, Madeline Queripel,...
Infinity Train is a lovely, emotional, weird show that your whole family can enjoy. In today's episode the team behind the show including Creator Owen Dennis, Supervising Director Madeline Queripel, and writers Alex Horab, Justin Michael, and Lindsay Katai discuss the creation and process of Infinity Train.
68 min
62
Ashley Nicole Black, Kirk Moore, Yassir Lester
Panel interview with Ashley Nicole Black (A Black Lady Sketch Show; Ted Lasso); Kirk Moore (13 Reasons Why; American Crime); and Yassir Lester (Black Monday; Girls). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
64 min
63
Kevin Biegel at DePaul University
Enlisted and Cougar Town creator Kevin Biegel answers questions from the DePaul University Showrunners class and is, as always, helpful, positive, and funny.
45 min
64
Steven Canals at DePaul University
Steven Canals (Pose) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV showrunners.
67 min
65
Writers Panel Throwback: TV Under Trump
Throwback to an ATX Television Festival panel on writing TV in the wake of the 2016 Election. Recorded June 9, 2017. With Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Michael Rauch, Julie Plec, Beau Willimon, Liz Tigelaar, and Paul Garnes.
66 min
66
Gloria Calderón Kellett at DePaul University
Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV showrunners.
61 min
67
Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy (Blow Th...
Blow the Man Down writer/directors Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy.
61 min
68
Nathaniel Halpern (creator, Tales from the Loop...
Ben Blacker and special co-host J. Holtham (Jessica Jones, Supergirl, Cloak & Dagger) talk to the creator of Tales from the Loop, Nathaniel Halpern.
47 min
69
Alena Smith (Dickinson) and Tony McNamara (The ...
Ben talks to Alena Smith (Dickinson) and Tony McNamara (The Great) about revolutionizing the TV period drama.
60 min
70
Writers Panel Throwback: Survivor's Jeff Probst
Survivor premiered 20 years ago this week and has been a ratings juggernaut and CBS stalwart since, heading into its season 40 finale this month. Host Ben Blacker is a big fan of the series and, specifically, of host and showrunner Jeff Probst and his intuitive, empathetic, and conversational interview style. In 2016, Blacker got the opportunity to sit down with Probst to talk about showrunning, storytelling in the non-scripted medium, Probst's YA book "Stranded," and lots more.
89 min
71
Dana Fox (co-creator, Home Before Dark); Jeffre...
Being a boss, quarantine hacks and exciting new technology with Dana Fox (co-creator, Home Before Dark); Jeffrey Howard (The Haunting of Hill House; Midnight Mass); Jessica Amento (upcoming: creator, Obsessed).
67 min
72
Liz Benjamin (What/If; Man in the High Castle; ...
Old sample scripts with Liz Benjamin (What/If; Man in the High Castle; 13 Reasons Why); Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty; upcoming: She Hulk); Micah Schraft (Mrs. America; Jane the Virgin; Jessica Jones)
58 min
73
Dahvi Waller (creator, Mrs. America); Julia Yor...
Dahvi Waller (creator, Mrs. America); Julia Yorks (Puss in Boots; Skylander Academy)
41 min
74
David Hemingson (creator, Whiskey Cavalier, Kit...
Pilot limbo and cancellation heartbreak with David Hemingson (creator, Whiskey Cavalier, Kitchen Confidential); Carla Kettner (The Blacklist; Bones); Jenna Lamia (Good Girls; Awkward)
49 min
75
Michael Grassi (creator, Katy Keene); Michael W...
Getting it on the page and turning it in with Michael Grassi (creator, Katy Keene); Michael Waldron (upcoming: Loki; Rick and Morty); Nico Raineau & Lauren Schacher (director/co-writers, Hooking Up)
49 min
76
Little Fires Everywhere
The writers of "Little Fires Everywhere" (Liz Tigelaar, Nancy Won, Raamla Mohamed, Attica Locke, Harris Danow, Shannon Houston, Amy Talkington, Rosa Handelman) sat down with Ben a year ago before production began to talk about adapting the 2017 novel into a Hulu series.
57 min
77
Writers Panel Throwback: Dan Levy (creator, Sch...
As we reach the end of Schitt's Creek, the scrappy, addictive, charmball of a show, enjoy this throwback episode from 2016, just before season 2, in which co-creator Dan Levy discusses being a first-time showrunner, creating a happy work environment, learning from his father Eugene Levy, and more.
50 min
78
Pamela Ribon (Moana; Ralph Breaks the Internet)...
Finding the right opportunity with Pamela Ribon (Moana; Ralph Breaks the Internet); Mark Fergus (creator, The Expanse; Children of Men; Iron Man); JD Dillard (Sweetheart; Sleight).
61 min
79
Writers Panel Throwback: Breaking Bad Season 5 ...
Better Call Saul is back! The new season began this week on AMC. What better time to revisit co-creator/showrunner Peter Gould, co-creator Vince Gilligan, writer/producers Thomas Schnauz and Gordon Smith, along with then-Breaking Bad writer/producers George Mastras, Sam Catlin, Gennifer Hutchison, and Moira Walley-Beckett as they looked back at the pivotal penultimate season of Breaking Bad in 2012? The Bad/Saul rooms have been instructive and fascinating, changing very little in their process of over ten years of making incredible television. Lots to learn here.
71 min
80
Mark Frost (co-creator, Twin Peaks); Steven Can...
Creating and following through on ground-breaking television with Mark Frost (co-creator, Twin Peaks), Steven Canals (co-creator, Pose), Harley Peyton (Project Blue Book; Channel Zero; upcoming: Child's Play).
72 min
81
Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future Presiden...
Show-running and failed networks with Ilana Pea (creator, Diary of a Future President), Joshua Safran (creator, Soundtrack) and Maggie Levin (My Valentine).
50 min
82
"Cut and Run": Behind the Audible series by Ben...
"Cut and Run" is a new Audible Original series available now! http://bit.ly/CutRunAudible It's about best friends who are kidney thieves and the havoc that wreaks on their relationships. The series stars Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally...), D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Sam Richardson (Veep), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and lots more. Listen now!
60 min
83
Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Zahir McGhee, Tayl...
Breaking into the business through contests and fellowships with Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt (Star Trek: Discovery; Reign); Zahir McGhee (Stumptown; For the People); Taylor Cox (Single Parents; Abby's).
47 min
84
Writers Panel Throwback: Mike Schur, Carlton Cu...
As we near the end of the brilliant "The Good Place," look forward to the premiere of Netflix's anticipated "Locke & Key," and marvel at the height of ABC sitcom "Single Parents," revisit the first appearance of Writers Panel favorites Michael Schur, Carlton Cuse, and J.J. Philbin. Recorded in April 2013, this episode features Schur who, at the time, was best known as the co-creator of "Parks & Recreation" with "Brooklyn 99" awaiting pick-up by Fox. Cuse was everywhere post-"Lost", executive producing pilots and series with other writers, including "Bates Motel," which he co-created with Kerry Ehrin. And Philbin was a key writer/producer on Fox's hit "New Girl."
100 min
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Paul Tremblay
Paul Tremblay is the author of the horror novelsThe Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devils Rock and A Head Full of Ghosts, and the short story collection Growing Things. He has a masters degree in mathematics and teaches high school AP Calculus. Paul sat down in a quiet coffeeshop with a loud bar attached to talk about horror, his writing process, rejection, math, and lots more.
59 min
86
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is the writer/director of "Someone Great," a movie everyone who enjoys movies ought to see. Having learned the ropes as the creator/co-showrunner of MTV's "Sweet/Vicious," Jenn turned her hand to directing a personal story that's warm, funny, charming, and brimming with truth. Watch "Someone Great" on Netflix.
54 min
87
Alexandra Kleeman
Alexandra Kleeman is the author ofIntimations, a short story collection, and the novelYou Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, which was awarded the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. She is an Assistant Professor at the New School and her second novel, Something New Under the Sun, is forthcoming from Hogarth Press. Alexandra sat down outside of a busy coffeeshop near Central Park to talk about being trapped in our own bodies, her process, teaching creative writing, and more.
58 min
88
Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson, Lauren Lefranc, S...
Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson, Lauren Lefranc, Sara Saedi
62 min
89
Mark Verheiden, Dayna Lynne North, Tamara Beche...
The perfect writers' room lunch order and the psychology of pitch approval with Mark Verheiden (creator, Swamp Thing; Daredevil; Battlestar Galactica); Dayna Lynne North (Insecure; Veronica Mars); Tamara Becher (Doom Patrol; Covert Affairs); Kai Yu Wu (creator, Ghost Bride; The Flash)
78 min
90
Megan Martin, Diane Ademu-John, Ian Deitchman
What does it take to run a writers' room? Megan Martin (creator, Apple+'s Brie Larson CIA show; Animal Kingdom); Diane Ademu-John (Empire; The Originals); and Ian Deitchman (Carnival Row; Suits; Parenthood) talk show-running and transitioning from features to TV to streaming.
64 min
91
Deric Hughes, Jose Molina, Gennifer Hutchison, ...
Recorded at San Diego Comic Con, July 19, 2019: Writing the Rules of Magic panel w/ Deric Hughes (Arrow; The Flash), Jose Molina (Magic: The Gathering; The Tick), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad; The Strain), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked & the Divine; DIE), Julie Benson & Shawna Benson (Wu Assassins; The 100), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Chris Dingess (Doom Patrol; Agent Carter), Adam Rogers (Wired magazine).
50 min
92
Greg Nicotero, Rob Schrab, Byron Willinger, Phi...
The writers and showrunner of Shudder's new CREEPSHOW series...Greg Nicotero (showrunner; co-wrote the story Lydia Laynes Better Half), Rob Schrab (wrote the story Bad Wolf Down), Byron Willinger & Philip De Blasi (adapted the Stephen King story Gray Matter), and Brian Witten (executive producer).
62 min
93
Sunil Nayar, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl, Shoshana S...
Sunil Nayar (The Red Line; All Rise); Erin Maher and Kay Reindl (Swamp Thing; Scream); Shoshana Sachi (Doom Patrol)
61 min
94
Robb Chavis, Liz Alper, Zoe Marshall, Dante Harper
WGA board candidates: Robb Chavis (black-ish; Superior Donuts); Liz Alper (The Rookie; Hawaii 5-0); Zoe Marshall (Charmed); Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant)
69 min
95
David Goodman, Marjorie David, Michele Mulroney
WGA issues with WGA President David Goodman (Family Guy; The Orville); Vice President Marjorie David (Taken; Brothers and Sisters); and board member/Secretary-Treasurer candidate Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows)
53 min
96
Nichelle Tramble-Spellman, Lindsey Rosin, David...
Panel interview with Nichelle Tramble-Spellman (creator, Truth Be Told; The Good Wife; Justified); Lindsey Rosin (Cruel Intentions series; South of Nowhere); David Radcliff (The Rookie)
56 min
97
Alexander Woo, Keto Shimizu, Katherine Beattie
Panel interview with Alexander Woo (The Terror; True Blood); Keto Shimizu (DC's Legends of Tomorrow; Arrow); Katherine Beattie (NCIS: New Orleans).
58 min
98
Malcolm Spellman, Matt McConkey, Marshall Knigh...
Panel interview with Malcolm Spellman (Falcon & Winter Soldier; Empire); MattMcConkey (Heathers;Bajillion Dollar Propertie$); Marshall Knight & Rob LaMorgese (Suits).
65 min
99
Erica Shelton Kodish, Marc Muszynski, & Emmy Diaz
Panel interview with Erica Shelton Kodish (Cold Case), Marc Muszynski (Abby's), & Emmy Diaz (Jane the Virgin).
58 min
100
Carlos Foglia & Marquita Robinson
Panel interview with Carlos Foglia (Lore) and Marquita Robinson (Glow, You're The Worst, New Girl).
55 min