Rank #1: Bojack Horseman
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 digital-only comics from Ben Acker & Ben Blacker at http://thrillingadventurehour.com/wordpress/comic-books/. Origin issues of The Thrilling Adventure Hour's Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, and Beyond Belief!
Nov 18 2014
Rank #2: Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton
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).
Jan 10 2017
Rank #3: New writers!
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 given their first break, sit down with Ben Blacker and Wade McIntyre (Intelligence) to talk about breaking in, agents, and everything new TV writers should know.
Apr 29 2014
Rank #4: Damon Lindelof, Chris Dingess, Noelle Valdivia and Kit Boss
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.
Oct 06 2015
Rank #5: Legend of Korra/Avatar: the Last Airbender
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 adaptation, and lots more. The “Book 3” finale is available this Friday at http://www.nick.com/legend-of-korra/videos/ and on many other platforms!
Aug 19 2014
Rank #6: The Leftovers
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
Sep 08 2015
Rank #7: Bryan Fuller
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.
Feb 25 2014
Rank #8: Nell Scovell with Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels
Apr 10 2018
Rank #9: ARCHER
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.
Feb 24 2015
Rank #10: Terence Winter
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 (and some that he's pulled), and wrapping up his Empire.
Jul 22 2014
Rank #11: Jennie Snyder Urman
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 previous CW series, Emily Owens MD, and lots more. The finale of Jane the Virgin airs Monday, May 11. Don't miss it!
May 05 2015
Rank #12: “Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed” from Wondercon
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: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Recorded at WonderCon in Los Angeles on March 26, 2016.
May 07 2016
Rank #13: John Green
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 drops some hints about his next novel! Recorded at NerdCon: Stories in Minneapolis, MN on October 14, 2016.
Nov 01 2016
Rank #14: “Coffee with Amy Sherman-Palladino” from ATX Television Festival
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.
Aug 18 2015
Rank #15: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, WGFestival 2019)
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 more. Moderated by Ben Blacker. Recorded Live at WGFestival 2019. March 30 2019.
The final episode ofCrazy Ex-Girlfriend airs this Friday, April 5th.
There are still tickets available to see Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live starring the show's cast on May 15th at Radio City Music Hall!
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Apr 02 2019
Rank #16: Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Joe Henderson
Dan Harmon (creator, Community); Chris McKenna (Community); Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (creators, Surviving Jack and $#*! My Dad Says); and Joe Henderson (Graceland; White Collar).Recorded January 12, 2014.
Jan 28 2014
Rank #17: The Last Man on Earth
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 on Fox!
Mar 01 2016
Rank #18: Jihan Crowther, Ray Utarnachitt, & Jack Kenny
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).
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Dec 11 2018
Rank #19: From Pitch to Punchline (ATX Festival 2018)
Pitching a TV show can be an intimidating process, but these creators have the added level of having to sell “funny.” What are the do's and don’ts of a comedy pitch? What’s the balance between humor and story? And what happens with the network/studio doesn’t “get the joke”? These creators rehash their process for creating the perfect pitch, what happened in the room, and how their series evolved into what we see on our screens today.
Panelist: Joel Church-Cooper (Brockmire), Kate Lambert (Teachers), Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error)
Moderator: Ben Travers (IndieWire)
Recorded Live at the 2018 ATX Festival
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May 07 2019
Rank #20: Doug Petrie & Marco Ramirez, Melissa Rosenberg, Jason Katims, Jessica Goldberg
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). Recorded February 21, 2016 at the 826LA space in Los Angeles.
Mar 15 2016