The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker

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

 

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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 finale of The Exorcist is December 15 on Fox. You can catch up on the show on Hulu! It's worth it!

 

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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 Stephanie discuss their successes and failures, how writing is like producing and how it isn't, bringing Runaways to the screen, and lots more.

 

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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).

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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-point piece of advice to writers.

 

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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's Jessica Chobot.

Stan Against Evil theme is by Eban Schletter.

 

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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).

 

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Sera Gamble (showrunner, The Magicians; Supernatural; upcoming; You), Sallie Patrick (showrunner, Dynasty; Revenge), Lindsey Shockley (creator, Unit Zero; Black-ish; Trophy Wife)

 

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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)

 

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Mark Feuerstein (co-creator, 9JKL; actor, Royal Pains); Dana Klein (co-creator, 9JKL; Friends; Becker); Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar; Constantine)

 

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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 it. Michael Rauch (creator, Royal Pains), Monica Owusu-Breen (Alias), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), Noreen O'Toole (associate producer, Westworld), and Eric Goldman (Marvel, IGN) discuss how hyper-analysis does (and doesn’t) affect the creative process, balancing the art of misdirection vs. deception, and what it means to cede your story to an audience in 2017. Moderated by Natalie Abrams (Entertainment Weekly).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 9, 2017.

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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 and purchasing pre-existing properties across all formats, employing appropriate talent to adapt, packaging with cast and directors, selling to networks, and more. Moderated by Dan Fienberg (The Hollywood Reporter).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 9, 2017.

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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 films, her stint at Danny DeVito's Jersey Films, working with writers and directors, and her current job as the co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios.

Plus: a short chat with returning guest Tim McKeon (creator of Odd Squad) about his new Amazon pilot, Will vs the Future, a YA sci-fi comedy about the boy who may destroy the future and the girl sent from the future to prevent that from happening. Will vs the Future is available to watch now on Amazon, and you should! And if you like it, please leave a review!

 

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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 the place of YA, and the fun and challenges of post-high school teen characters. Moderated by Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 11, 2017.

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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 of Sydney Bristow. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson (Entertainment Weekly).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2017.

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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 by Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 9, 2017.

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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 first gig. Moderated by Sara Osburn (Mix 94.7).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 8, 2017.

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

 

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

 

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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 self-proclaimed comedy became an award-winning drama, and why we we’re still thinking about that moose more than 20 years later.

Moderated by Variety's Maureen Ryan who can be found on Twitter at @MoRyan and who is co-releasing this episode on her own podcast, Talking TV. Subscribe now for lots of great TV talk!

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 9, 2017.

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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, while Phil resists the narrative.

Then, from 2017's season six, Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson joins Phil to discuss his favorite moments from the first season of I'll Have What Phil's Having, his favorite places he visited on this upcoming season, what he thinks Raymond would look like if it were on the air today.

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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 of Fargo.

Then, creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and executive producer/director Mimi Leder discuss the end of HBO's The Leftovers, from the creative collaboration that shaped three incredibly distinct seasons, a departure from the book, and a look back at their favorite moments from the final episode. Moderated by Variety's Maureen Ryan who can be found on Twitter at @MoRyan and who is co-releasing this episode on her own podcast, Talking TV. Subscribe now for lots of great TV talk!

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 8-9, 2017.

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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 themselves for the final episodes of FX's critically acclaimed drama. Moderated by Variety's Debra Birnbaum.

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2017.

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Misha Green (creator, Underground); Jake Fogelnest (Girlboss; Difficult People); Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show; New Girl).

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

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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. 

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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-wrangler on Sesame Street, her concerns and expectations of being in a writers' room and the reality she faced there. 

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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 (Faking It) discuss how their series have surpassed diversity trends and token characters by organically weaving in storylines of race, religion, the foster care system, immigration, abortion, health care, and many many more. Moderated by Maury McIntyre (President of the Television Academy).

PLUS: The Shield Writers' Room Reunion with creator Shawn Ryan (co-creator, Timeless), Glen Mazzara (Damien; The Walking Dead), Scott Rosenbaum (Queen of the South), Kurt Sutter (creator, Sons of Anarchy), and Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee (Hemlock Grove; The Walking Dead). Moderated by Lynette Rice (EW). Recorded June 2016 at ATX Television Festival.

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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 more, running Galavant in its second season, their approach to comedy, and lots more. Downward Dog premieres May 17th on ABC. Watch it! It's like a terrific indie movie that happens to have a dog as its narrator.

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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 crime to a euthanasia drama, and more.

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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 (HitFix). Recorded June 12, 2016 at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016. Plus: Blind Casting panel featuring casting director Jennifer Euston (Orange Is the New Black; GLOW), casting director Tracy Lilienfield (Superior Donuts; Grace & Frankie), Justin Spitzer (creator, Life in Pieces), Brian Michael Bendis (creator, Powers, Jessica Jones), Brad DeLima (VP casting, NBCUniversal).


Recorded June 10, 2016 at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

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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 #1 is out tomorrow, May 3, and the Free Comic Book Day special is out on Saturday! Then, Philipp Meyer, creator of AMC's new series The Son, discusses bringing his sprawling novel to TV, working in a writers' room for the first time, artistic integrity, and more.

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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 lots more.

The Handmaid's Tale premieres April 26 on Hulu.

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David Caspe (creator, Happy Endings and Marry Me); Amanda Lasher (Togetherness; Gossip Girl; Sweet/Vicious); Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator, Sweet/Vicious).

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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).

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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 networks), what the WGA is asking for, what's at stake, bagels, and more. 

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Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy; Private Practice; Shameless); Stefanie Leder (Faking It; Melissa & Joey); Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux (Bob's Burgers).

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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 make, ruining friendships, and lots more. 

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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.

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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).

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

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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, and more.

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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 into our everyday lives. Moderated by Emily Moss Wilson.

PLUS: The Ugly Betty reunion with creator Silvio Horta and cast members America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, Michael Urie, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz, Mark Indelicato, Rebecca Romijn, Ashley Jensen, and Judith Light.

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

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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 more.

But first, Christine Lennon discusses The Drifter, her first novel after twenty years as a journalist. Lennon talks about her process, the serial killer on her college campus that inspired the story of friendship, and more.

The Drifter is available now via Amazon or your local bookstore!

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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 badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

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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. 

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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 faith will play in his or her story or the show as a whole? Jessica Goldberg (The Path), Brenda Lilly & Hollis Rich (State of Grace), Glen Mazzara (Damien), Jack Amiel (The Knick), and Tom Fontana (Oz) discuss navigating questions of God and church within their series and the role of religion in an ever-expanding landscape of content. Moderated by Sandra Gonzalez (Mashable).

PLUS: The Preacher panel with series creator Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and stars Anatol Yusef, Ruth Negga, and Dominic Cooper. Moderated by Eric Goldman (IGN).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

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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 Runner Runner, their breakthrough script Rounders, and so much more. Definitely listen to Brian's podcast, The Moment, if you enjoy this podcast!

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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. 

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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.

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

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

 

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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 Original Programming, TVLand) talk about why a kinder approach to storytelling may be exactly what viewers want and need.

Moderated by Dan Fienberg (THR). Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016.

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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 working with an existing framework of D.C., what happens when fictional politics meet real-world expectations. and why the subject lends itself to rich storytelling and keeps an audience tuning in. Moderated by Henry Goldblatt (EW).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 11, 2016.

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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. 

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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).

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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).

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