Eric Kripke at GENRE SMASH!

Recently SUPERNATURAL and REVOLUTION creator Eric Kripke joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom to chat about creating both shows, leaving SUPERNATURAL after six seasons, and what it is about road-trip America that inspires him so much.

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BOB’S BURGERS writers Lizzie & Wendy Molyneux at GENRE SMASH!

Earlier this year, the amazing sister/sister duo of Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux joined us for GENRE SMASH! in the NerdMelt Showroom. As it turned out, their parents joined us as well, which is precisely as adorable as it sounds. They were right in the front row, and now we wish all our guests would bring their parents with them.

Here’s the recording of the event in its entirety.

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The song in this week’s podcast is “Marbles” by Russ Chambliss and can be found here.

Ben Edlund at GENRE SMASH!

On July 15, 2014, the hilarious and diabolically brilliant television writer Ben Edlund joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom. We chatted about his work as a writer on shows like ANGEL and SUPERNATURAL and the upcoming GOTHAM, his childhood habit of wearing a leisure suit, his band (Ghost Tyger and Friends), and a ton of other wonderful stuff.

Highlights:

  • Ben’s description of how he performs as Ghost Tyger
  • Ben’s comparison of Bruce Wayne to Dexter Morgan
  • Ben’s response to a great question about women and LGBT characters on SUPERNATURAL
  • The moment during the Q&A segment when one dude asks Ben what it was like working with “Josh Whedon,” and there’s sort of a palpable tension in the room when everyone wonders whether it’d be rude to correct him

Here’s the podcast in full. Enjoy, folks!

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Classic Simpsons Night!

Woo hoo!

At our May 20 installment of GENRE SMASH!, we were joined by the guys who basically crafted the world of THE SIMPSONS as we know it today. The guys who populated not just Springfield, but our world, with characters like Mr. Burns and Smithers, Krusty and Sideshow Bob, Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel. The guys who are the reason we now shout “HA-ha!” whenever we express schadenfreude.

This week’s podcast is our recording of that event – one of the most hilarious evenings we’ve had all year.

 

A quick warning: Some of our guests – as brilliant and insightful and gut-bustingly funny as they were – weren’t always great about speaking directly into the microphones. I cranked the volume as high as I could when I cut the podcast together, but there’ll be points at which you’re straining your ears. But it’ll be worth it!

Our guests at the GENRE SMASH! Classic Simpsons Night were:

Al Jean
Jay Kogen
Jeff Martin
Mike Reiss
Jon Vitti
Wallace Wolodarsky

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Inside The Writers Room With NEW GIRL – New Podcast!

A few weeks ago, we welcomed the writers of NEW GIRL to our home, including creator Liz Meriwether and writers Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, JJ Philbin, Kim Rosenstock, Josh Malmuth, and Berkley Johnson. It was a great night, and not just because we learned who got to hang out with Prince. 

Also valuable: Meriwether’s hiring process (owning a copy of Final Draft isn’t a prerequisite to being staffed, apparently); the executive reaction to Damon Wayans Jr’s return to the show (Meriwether: “There can be two African-American guys on the show and everything will be fine.”); the process of suppressing your own ego when you work as part of a team; and at least one accidental reference to the WGA as the “Writers’ Club.”

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In Memoriam: Paul Mazursky

We’ve posted our extensive, exclusive life-story interview with Paul Mazursky a few weeks ago. But we’re re-posting it today in the wake of Paul’s recent death. We’ll miss you, Paul.

In addition, here are two pages from Mazursky’s incredible script, co-written with Larry Tucker, for BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE. The draft is dated September 5, 1968.

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The Writer Speaks: David Swift

Sure, maybe some of you saw TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION this weekend (and statistically, the numbers bear that out). Or maybe you’re saving your movie-going dollars for a screening of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES later in July. Because there’s nothing better in the middle of summer than hanging out in an air-conditioned movie theater to see the latest developments in visual effects.

But imagine it’s 53 years ago this week, and you want to see a special effects spectacular. What would you see?

How about THE PARENT TRAP?

That’s the one – written and directed by David Swift – where child star Hayley Mills played identical twins, using a series of in-camera techniques to make it look as though there were two Hayleys in one scene. The movie was remade in 1998 with a pre-DIU Linsay Lohan and a variety of more advanced approaches.

But in the original, Swift and his team didn’t have things like digital compositing and motion-control cameras to get the job done. Here’s Swift telling the story of his career as part of our series, THE WRITER SPEAKS, chronicling the lives of prominent film and television writers whose work permeated the 20th and 21st Centuries.

New Podcast: JANE ESPENSON at GENRE SMASH!

The long-awaited Writers Guild Foundation podcasts continue – this week, we present our incredible chat with mega-prolific television writer Jane Espenson!

Jane has a huge and impressive list of credits, starting with DINOSAURS (which she discusses in the podcast, including its hilarious-yet-kinda-gloomy final episode) and arriving most recently at HUSBANDS, the web series she co-created with actor and writer Brad Bell (but don’t let her hear you call it a web series). She’s perhaps best celebrated for her work on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, for which she wrote classic episodes like “Pangs” and “Earshot.”

Jane talks about coming up in the TV industry, why she prefers the medium to movies (and why she’s not really a “movie person”), and beautifully answers one question from a frustrated audience member who tells the story of missing out on a writing room position because the staff, according to a producer, “already has its woman.” Jane’s response is at once encouraging and pragmatic.

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New Video: ANATOMY OF A SCRIPT with Jenji Kohan

I know all you guys are watching ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK because you won’t stop talking about it on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and Megatweet and Tinderpoke and whatever the heck other social media whatsits you Silicon Valley types keep inventing to make me feel old. And many of you seemingly managed to have watched the entire second season only 73 minutes after it was released on Netflix, in clear violation of something in that Stephen Hawking book I have on my bookshelf to make visitors think I’m smart.

And because you all love OITNB so much, you’re sure to love this hilarious and insightful interview with its creator, Jenji Kohan, back when she was making WEEDS. It’s part of our old ANATOMY OF A SCRIPT series, in which Winnie Holzman and Robin Schiff interviewed  the writers and creators that helped continue to inspire their own work.

The video is in two parts: The main interview and the audience Q&A. Enjoy!

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Part 2: