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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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    • TV & Film

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.

    Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future President); Joshua Safran (creator, Soundtrack); Maggie Levin (My Valentine)

    Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future President); Joshua Safran (creator, Soundtrack); Maggie Levin (My Valentine)

    Show-running and failed networks with Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future President), Joshua Safran (creator, Soundtrack) and Maggie Levin (My Valentine).

    THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BETTERHELP
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    THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY "NATIONAL LAMPOON RADIO HOUR: THE PODCAST!"
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    Ilana Peña
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    Joshua Safran
    https://twitter.com/Anthologist
    Maggie Levin
    https://twitter.com/MaggieLevin

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    THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST 
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    • 56 min
    "Cut and Run": Behind the Audible series by Ben Blacker & Ben Acker

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

    "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 BETTERHELP
    For 10% off, visit https://www.betterhelp.com/panel

    THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY "NATIONAL LAMPOON RADIO HOUR: THE PODCAST!"
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    FOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER:
    Ben Acker (co-creator and co-showrunner with Ben Blacker!)
    https://twitter.com/bnacker
    Humphrey Ker (writer)
    https://twitter.com/thehumphreyker
    Katie Wood (writer)
    https://twitter.com/thefirstkatie

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Introducing: The Topical

    Introducing: The Topical

    From the writers of The Onion and "A Very Fatal Murder" comes a fake news podcast that's better than the real thing.

    The daily news podcast is an increasingly crowded field. But the nascent genre has finally been validated with the arrival of its very own satirical takedown. 
    At less than 10 minutes a day, there is no reasonable excuse for not listening to The Topical. 
    From the successful cloning of God by Vatican scientists to the release of Starbucks’ new $7 wake-up slap, The Topical will cover news large and small.
    Premiering January 29, you can find The Topical in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, PodNow, NowPod, PodLater, PostPod, PodPod or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

    • 4 min
    Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Zahir McGhee, Taylor Cox

    Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Zahir McGhee, Taylor Cox

    Breaking into the business through contests and fellowships with Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt (Star Trek: Discovery; Reign); Zahir McGhee (Stumptown; For the People); Taylor Cox (Single Parents; Abby's).

    THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BETTERHELP
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    • 54 min
    Writers Panel Throwback: Mike Schur, Carlton Cuse, and J.J. Philbin

    Writers Panel Throwback: Mike Schur, Carlton Cuse, and J.J. Philbin

    As we near the end of the brilliant "The Good Place," look forward to the premiere of Netflix's anticipated "Locke & Key," and marvel at the height of ABC sitcom "Single Parents," revisit the first appearance of Writers Panel favorites Michael Schur, Carlton Cuse, and J.J. Philbin. Recorded in April 2013, this episode features Schur who, at the time, was best known as the co-creator of "Parks & Recreation" with "Brooklyn 99" awaiting pick-up by Fox. Cuse was everywhere post-"Lost", executive producing pilots and series with other writers, including "Bates Motel," which he co-created with Kerry Ehrin. And Philbin was a key writer/producer on Fox's hit "New Girl."

    THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BETTERHELP
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    CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA 
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Paul Tremblay

    Paul Tremblay

    Paul Tremblay is the author of the horror novels The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock and A Head Full of Ghosts, and the short story collection Growing Things. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and teaches high school AP Calculus. Paul sat down in a quiet coffeeshop with a loud bar attached to talk about horror, his writing process, rejection, math, and lots more. 

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

SteebyB ,

See behind the curtain!

This is a truly excellent podcast. If you're interested in learning how some of the most popular TV shows and comics are crafted, I'd highly recommend tuning in. I've listened to the writers and creators of some of my favourite shows go into intricate detail on their careers and past projects.

Elena29 ,

Love this podcast!

I love listening to this podcast! The writers that feature (top tv/feature writers) are all so interesting, and they actually get to talk at length and in depth about their craft, how they got to where they are now, the pros and cons etc.
This was a podcast I happened to stumble upon, what a treat!
Would love to see Shonda Rhimes on the podcast at some stage if possible!

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