Nerdist Writers Panel

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, working from Atlanta, Georgia, the “Archer Vice” detour, and what's planned for season 6, currently on air.

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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 of creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, writing characters over time, and the joys of Cookie.

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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 (seasons 1-6; post-Friends work includes The Crazy Ones; Mom; creating Clone) discuss the earliest days of the ground-breaking sitcom from participating in the punch-up the pilot script with creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright, to getting hired for the writing staff, mining their lives for stories, the long hours, the democracy of the room, arguments, jokes, and lots more. 

PLUS: Enormous thanks to Rhett Miller (Old 97's), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates) on their musical contributions to this week's show. They are SO GOOD.


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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 shifting marketplace, and how the best advice is to make the TV you want to see.

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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!

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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, Murphy Brown, Charmed, NCIS, and Warehouse 13, and she co-wrote the seminal women-at-work book Lean In with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Nell talks about ALL of this, as well as gives great advice to writers starting out.

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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 & Noble in Union Square, NY, on January 6, 2014. Enormous special thanks to Rachael Berkey for her assistance in recording.


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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 broke in, her early jobs on The OC and Life As We Know It, and lots more.

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Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more beloved characters), Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), and Adam Beechen (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) convene to discuss the year in comics and comics-related media. They talk about the “building year” that was 2014, what translations of comics worked on the big and small screen, where comics storytelling might be going, and books, writers, and artists they couldn't get enough of this year.

Also: Blacker talks about changes to the podcast!


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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 trend of established brands, comedies that work, Serial, the Dorothy Problem, the Doughnut Hole Problem, and lots more in this year-end wrap up. Also: Ben Blacker talks about changes to the podcast!


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