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Living in Harmony with Ben Blacker

A Degree Absolute!

Prolific screenwriter, prosewriter, comic book writer, and podcaster Ben Blacker — co-creator of the magnificent monthly-live-show-turned-podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour, and its delightful Western parody feature, Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, among his many other notable and impressive credentials — joins us this week to dissect "Living in Harmony," perhaps the curviest of The Prisoner's curveball episodes.   With script editor George Markstein out, Patty McG and David Tomblin put out a call for The Prisoner story ideas. Ian Rakoff, a film editor with no prior screenwriting experience, responded with a pitch for a Western-themed episode, and did not learn until the episode was broadcast in the last days of 1967 that Tomblin had reduced his credit to an "idea by" nod while taking sole writing credit himself. McGoohan stunt double/series stunt arranger Frank Maher also claims to have inspired "Living in Harmony," saying he and McGoohan cooked up the idea while playing squash. The episode gives Maher his only credited onscreen role in the series, as Third Gunman. (Also, I love knowing that McGoohan and Maher hung out together, like fading star Rick Dalton and his assistant/stuntman Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.) Guest stars Alexis Kanner and Valerie French had played lovers only months earlier in an episode of the ITV series Love Story entitled "Cinema Verité", where their relationship was, one hopes, more... consensual than the one depicted here, between Kanner's mute sociopathic killer The Kid and French's working girl Kathy. David Bauer, who plays the crooked judge who controls Harmony and wants Six to be Sheriff (i.e., his enforcer) was an American actor who fled the blacklist and ended up in a pair of Bond flicks, 1967's You Only Live Twice and 1971's dreary Diamonds Are Forever. "Living in Harmony" Written by David Tomblin and Ian Rakoff Directed by David Tomblin Original airdate December 29, 1967 Write to the Citizens Advice Bureau at adegreeabsolute dot gmail! Leave us a five-star review with your hottest Prisoner take on Apple Podcasts! Follow @NotaNumberPod! Our song: "A Degree Absolute!" Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark Bass by Marcus Newstead

1hr 19mins

9 Jun 2021

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Aliens (aka Xenomorph Godzooky)with Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

Progressively Horrified

Fear Level: Scary/TerrifyingTrigger Warnings: violent death/gore, impaling, racism and sexism, claustrophobia Director: James Cameron Writers: James Cameron, David Giler, and Walter Hill, based on the characters by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusset Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henrickson, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, and Al Matthews Did the excessive moistness of Alien bother you? Well, buckle up! This one is slimy and covered in a hardening resin! Our good friends Ben Acker and Ben Blacker of The Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcast drop by to talk about the battle of the girl bosses, the life changing power of listening to women, and being absolutely soaked in robot milk. It's time for Aliens!Topics of Discussion: 57 years Wayland Yutani Paul Reiser/Burke - space New York's biggest asshole LV-246 How many humans does it take to wallpaper a reactor? Xenomorph Godzookie Bill Paxton can sweat on command Acting is sweating a lot Kenner toys Aliens Listen to women, you just might survive Poorly build rough terrain landers Alien vaginas Warm gushing robot milk Yass queen Newts and chosen names BROWN FACE, WTF! Recommendations:Alien 3Alien RessurectionSuper EgoI Was There TooPredator 2PredatorsTerminator 2SoldierStarship TroopersThe AbyssFollow our guests:Ben AckerTwitter: @bnackerBen BlackerTwitter: @benblackerPodcast: The Thrilling Adventure HourFollow us on twitter @proghorrorpodFollow Emily on twitter @megamothEmily's Website: Megamoth.netFollow Ben on twitter @benthekahnPre-Order Ben's new book, Renegade Rule.Follow Jeremy on twitter @jrome58Visit his website at JeremyWhitley.comRSS Feed: https://feeds.transistor.fm/progressively-horrifiedWebsite: https://progressivelyhorrified.transistor.fm/Join our Patreon at: patreon.com/progressivelyhorrified to support the show, get bonus episodes, early access to upcoming episodes, and a cool Progressively Horrified t-shirt.Come back next week to hear about Velvet Buzzsaw!★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

1hr 26mins

4 Jun 2021

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Ben Blacker on Gremlins

Someone Else's Movie

Brace yourself for the mega madness, because writer, producer and podcaster Ben Blacker (Supernatural, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, The Writers Panel, Dead Pilots Society) is here for a super-sized episode on Gremlins, Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante’s unclassifiable, relentlessly weird creature-feature Christmas movie. Your genial host Norm Wilner has his blender at the ready.

28 Jul 2020

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Ben Blacker on Gremlins

Someone Else's Movie

Brace yourself for the mega madness, because writer, producer and podcaster Ben Blacker (Supernatural, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, The Writers Panel, Dead Pilots Society) is here for a super-sized episode on Gremlins, Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante’s unclassifiable, relentlessly weird creature-feature Christmas movie. Your genial host Norm Wilner has his blender at the ready.

1hr 16mins

28 Jul 2020

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The Golden Age of Tone with Ben Blacker

First Draft with Sarah Enni

First Draft Episode #239: Ben Blacker Ben Blacker is a writer and producer known for The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Supernatural, Hex Wives, and the new Audible audio series CUT + RUN. He also hosts The Writer’s Panel and Dead Pilots Society podcasts. Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode Hear Ben’s writing partner, Ben Acker, on his episode of First Draft here! Beverly Cleary, author of Beezus and Ramona, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was one of Ben’s early favorite authors Zilpha Keatley Snyder, author of The Egypt Game and The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case was another early influence Three’s Company The Love Boat Ben wrote fanfiction for the TV show Scarecrow and Mrs. King Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer: A Guide For People Who Love Books and Those Who Want to Write Them, told Ben Blacker he would never become a writer Ben and Ben wrote two spec scripts for Buffy the Vampire Slayer as some of their first collaborative Ben wrote a spec script for Mad About You and his teacher at Emerson (who wrote for Roseanne) sent it to Paul Reiser Dharma and Greg Meanwhile, Ben Acker was working as an office PA for Will&Grace Marc Evan Jackson, Paul F. Tompkins, and Paget Brewster were part of the constant cast of Thrilling Adventure Hour Ben’s interview with Traci on The Stacks Podcast is great and you should listen to it! In fact, you should listen to all of The Stacks Podcast because it’s ALL great and Traci rules. Len Wein who created Wolverine, Swamp Thing, editor of Watchmen, and more Bewitched (TV show) In this episode of Comic Book Commentary, colorist Marissa Louise explains her process for coloring Hex Wives to Ben Hear director Maggie Levin on a recent episode of First Draft, as well as an episode of the Writer’s Panel podcast! The Writer’s Panel started 826 LA Ben recommends the recent episode of The Writer’s Panel featuring Mark Frost (co-creator, Twin Peaks), Steven Canals (co-creator, Pose), Harley Peyton (Project Blue Book; Channel Zero; upcoming: Child's Play) as a jumping off point to get into the podcast Ben also loves this recently re-released episode with Carlton Cuse (LOST, and Bates Motel), Mike Shur (who got his start on The Office and then created Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, and The Good Place), and J.J. Philbin (New Girl, creator of Single Parents) The Sopranos and Mad Men are some prestige shows that ushered in a time of “showrunner auteur” Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad Damon Lindelof, co-creator of LOST Marc Evan Jackson hosts The Good Place podcast, which was running concurrent to new episodes of The Good Place, the TV show — and now he’s doing one for Brooklyn 99’s podcast, too! Andrew Reich, writer for Friends and Worst Week, created The Dead Pilots Society podcast Dexter Fargo, Weeds, and later seasons of Breaking Bad are shows that Ben says are representative of he and Ben Acker’s writing tone Weeds creator Jenji Kohan (side note, I really loved the Emily Nussbaum feature profile about Jenji featured in The New Yorker and her book, I Like to Watch) Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), Rian Johnson (Knives Out), and Greta Gerwig (Little Women) are all filmmakers Ben cites as great examples of people with very specific individual tones Humphrey Ker and Katie Wood were staff writers for CUT + RUN, and you can hear them talk to Ben and Ben about the writing process on The Writer’s Panel! Hear Janet Varney, comedian, writer, and co-founder of SF Sketchfest, on her episode of First Draft! The cast of CUT + RUN is amazing and includes: Meg Ryan, Sam Richardson, D’Arcy Carden, Rachel Bloom (listen to the episode of The Writer’s Panel where Ben sat down with Rachel and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna), Ed Begley, Jr. Why would I miss a chance to mention The Princess Bride? And why not link to the book, written by famous screenwriter William Goldman Aimee Mann and Ted Leo recorded “Dynamite Lady,” an original song to play over the credits of CUT + RUN I want to hear from you! Have a question about writing or creativity for Sarah Enni or her guests to answer? To leave a voicemail, call (818) 533-1998. Subscribe To First Draft with Sarah Enni Every Tuesday, I speak to storytellers like Veronica Roth, author of Divergent; Linda Holmes, author and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast; Jonny Sun, internet superstar, illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! and author and illustrator of Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too;  Michael Dante  DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender; John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; or Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for The Old 97s. Together, we take deep dives on their careers and creative works. Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. It’s free! Rate, Review, and Recommend How do you like the show? Please take a moment to rate and review First Draft with Sarah Enni in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Your honest and positive review helps others discover the show -- so thank you! Is there someone you think would love this podcast as much as you do? Please share this episode on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or via carrier pigeon (maybe try a text or e-mail, come to think of it). Just click the Share button at the bottom of this post! Thanks again!

1hr 13mins

12 Mar 2020

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273: Blackman Beyond: Dani Fernandez, Ben Blacker, Marc Evan Jackson

Fat Man Beyond

Dani Fernandez co-hosts this week with Marc while Kevin is away on the Reboot Roadshow. Marc and Dani also welcome special guests: Ben Blacker and Marc Evan Jackson.

2hr 7mins

12 Feb 2020

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"Cut and Run": Behind the Audible series by Ben Blacker & Ben Acker

The Writers Panel

"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!THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BETTERHELPFor 10% off, visit https://www.betterhelp.com/panelTHIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY "NATIONAL LAMPOON RADIO HOUR: THE PODCAST!"https://open.spotify.com/show/2eaKyxAEs92zIzDR4sNm0EFOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER:Ben Acker (co-creator and co-showrunner with Ben Blacker!)https://twitter.com/bnackerHumphrey Ker (writer)https://twitter.com/thehumphreykerKatie Wood (writer)https://twitter.com/thefirstkatieCONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIAhttps://twitter.com/BENBLACKERhttps://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanelTHE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCASThttp://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-writers-panelSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


4 Feb 2020

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Episode 141 - 'Hex Wives' by Ben Blacker

Witchfix Podcast

This episode takes a look at ‘Hex Wives’ by Ben Blacker (and others) a graphic novel published by Vertigo.Music by Jahzzar - The Last OnesPhotograph by Michael Penny.New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. Videos on Saturday.Listen on the Castbox app or on Youtube. Amazon Wishlist - https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/NO4CUXFXJMUW?ref_=wl_shareVote for your favourite book to be reviewed, and add new ones on the podcast’s goodreads List - https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/138527.Witchfix_Podcast_Review_ListPatreon - patreon.com/WitchfixpodcastBuy Waywood by Sarah Goodwin on Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Waywood-Sarah-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B00X2HFG9SBuy Dead to Rites by Sarah Goodwin on Amazonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Rites-Harper-Gable-Book-ebook/dp/B07HF6KFXC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dead+to+rites&qid=1563460902&s=gateway&sr=8-1Follow on Twitter @Witchfix Email witchfixpodcast@gmail.com


23 Jan 2020

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Ep 124 - Be A Secret Witch with Ben Blacker!

Reading Glasses

Show Notes -  Brea and Mallory talk about witch books with comic writer Ben Blacker! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Sponsor -  Short Story Advent Calendar Promo Code - GLASSES Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Group Reading Glasses Goodreads Group Amazon Wish List Newsletter  Ben Blacker Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo Writer's Panel Podcast Comic Book Commentary Thrilling Adventure Hour     Books Mentioned -  The Stand by Stephen King The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers by Larry McMurtry You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle by Alexandra West Growing Things by Paul Tremblay Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Wicked by Gregory Maguire The Witches Roald Dahl The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack Hex Life edited by Rachel Autumn Deering and Christopher Golden The Good House by Tananarive Due HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt The Graces by Laure Eve White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi CIRCE by Madeline Millar Which Witch by Eva Ibbotson


31 Oct 2019

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Horror Is The Best Genre/Don't Change The Alphabet Song: Ben Blacker

Hills I'd Die On with Taylor Cox

Today we say goodbye to writer/author Ben Blacker (HEX WIVES, THE WRITERS PANEL, THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS AND BOOTS) who died standing up for all things horror. Go listen to Ben's spooooky last words about the joys of being scared and why horror deserves more credit than it gets. RIP Ben!Art: Mackenzie MooreMusic: Hayden CoplenEditor: Will WitwerSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


29 Oct 2019