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The Writers Panel

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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 400 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.

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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 400 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.

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698 Ratings
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Needs a Better Host

By wesley thomas johnson - Dec 11 2019
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No one cares if you wrote an episode of Supernatural, Ben.

Great Podcast

By bufflord - Oct 05 2018
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Really enjoyed this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

698 Ratings
Average Ratings
572
63
29
13
21

Needs a Better Host

By wesley thomas johnson - Dec 11 2019
Read more
No one cares if you wrote an episode of Supernatural, Ben.

Great Podcast

By bufflord - Oct 05 2018
Read more
Really enjoyed this podcast.
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The Writers Panel

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: ARCHER

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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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Feb 24 2015

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton

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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).

Jan 10 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #3: Nell Scovell with Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels

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Recorded March 22, 2018, at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of the Writers Bloc Presents series. For more terrific live writers events visits http://writersblocpresents.com

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Apr 10 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #4: Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul season 1 in review with co-creator/co-showrunner Peter Gould, writers Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, and Gordon Smith, and special guest Michael McKean (Chuck). Recorded live at Largo at the Coronet on April 13, 2015.

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Apr 21 2015

1hr 40mins

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Rank #5: New Writers!

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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.

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Apr 29 2014

1hr 28mins

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Rank #6: Shane Black

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The writer-director-Christmas enthusiast, whose new film The Nice Guys opens May 20, discusses his interests and process, being called a hack, success and failure, and all of his films, including Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man Three, and more. Recorded May 1, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.

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May 17 2016

1hr 31mins

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Rank #7: Legend of Korra / Avatar: The Last Airbender

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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!

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Aug 19 2014

1hr 28mins

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Rank #8: Fargo & The Leftovers

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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. Get your badge now for ATX's seventh season, June 7-10, 2018, at http://atxfestival.com/

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Jul 04 2017

1hr 57mins

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Rank #9: The Americans

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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. Get your badge now for ATX's seventh season, June 7-10, 2018, at http://atxfestival.com/

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Jun 27 2017

44mins

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Rank #10: Bryan Fuller

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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.

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Feb 25 2014

1hr 38mins

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Rank #11: John Green

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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.

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Nov 01 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #12: GIRLS' Jenni Konner

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Since starting out as an assistant on Freaks and Geeks and her first staff writer job on Undeclared, Jenni Konner has gone on to write and produce shows for network television and cable. She's now the co-showrunner of HBO's Girls with show creator Lena Dunham. Jenni talks about how the Girls room works, what she's learned from Judd Apatow, the fun of punch-up sessions, and lots more.

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Dec 09 2014

51mins

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Rank #13: Damon Lindelof, Chris Dingess, Noelle Valdivia and Kit Boss

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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.

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Oct 06 2015

1hr 33mins

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Rank #14: Dead Pilots Society backdoor pilot

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Ben Blacker is joined by writer Andrew Reich (Friends) to discuss and sneak-preview Dead Pilots Society, a Writers Panel spin-off coming in 2016 in which pilots that were developed but not shot are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Dead Pilots Society is piloted here with a script Andrew wrote with his then-writing-partner, Ted Cohen, called Laurel and Holly. It stars Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Kyle Bornheimer (Agent Carter), Jamie Denbo (Ronna and Beverly), Hayes MacArthur (Angie Tribeca), Tony Cavalero (School of Rock), and Valerie Azlynn (Sullivan and Son).

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Dec 08 2015

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: TV Executives

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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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Feb 03 2015

1hr 43mins

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Rank #16: Terence Winter

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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.

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Jul 22 2014

1hr 17mins

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Rank #17: Steve Conrad (Creator of PATRIOT)

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A conversation with Steve Conrad, creator of the Amazon original series PATRIOT.

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Nov 06 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #18: Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Joe Henderson

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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.

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Jan 28 2014

1hr 43mins

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Rank #19: The Handmaid's Tale

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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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Apr 25 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: The Leftovers

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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 Television Festival.

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Sep 08 2015

1hr 1min

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