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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced 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. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced 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. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

    Episode 48 - Elsewhere written by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America)

    Episode 48 - Elsewhere written by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America)

    We’re back to dead pilots this month! Get excited for our Max Fun Drive ELSEWHERE by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America). Their show follows Grey, a successful but shallow woman who, after dying in a car accident, realizes she prioritized all the wrong things in her life. Now, she has a second chance to achieve enlightenment against all odds - in purgatory.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Dead Pilots Society: Black Scribes Matter

    Dead Pilots Society: Black Scribes Matter

    Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich bring you Dead Pilots Society, a podcast in which pilots passed over by the networks finally get their due.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 47 - Revival written by Sally Bradford McKenna (Will & Grace, The Grinder, Don't Trust The B--)

    Episode 47 - Revival written by Sally Bradford McKenna (Will & Grace, The Grinder, Don't Trust The B--)

    Guaranteed laughs from our dead pilot this month! It's REVIVAL from Sally Bradford Mckenna (Will and Grace, The Grinder, Don't Trust the B--). REVIVAL centers around Elliot (Will Forte), formerly the little kid from a beloved 80's sitcom, who is now grown-up, living a normal life, and who reluctantly gets sucked back into reuniting with his TV family.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 46 - Eight written by Alison Bennett (You're The Worst, Single Parents)

    Episode 46 - Eight written by Alison Bennett (You're The Worst, Single Parents)

    We have more laughs for you this month! Our dead pilot is Eight from Alison Bennett (You're The Worst, Single Parents). After a whirlwind romance that resulted in a baby and a wedding (in that order), children of divorce Jillian and Trevor attempt to carve out their own family’s identity, with eight grandparents there to offer eight million different opinions.  In Andrew's interview, Alison talks about her humble beginnings at UCB New York and how she got her first job on one of Amazon's first shows. She talks about her experience writing on You're the Worst and what it's like to be a television writer in the middle of a pandemic. A great conversation with a great writer! Enjoy! Eight stars Anna Camp as Jillian,  Langston Kerman as Trevor, Kelly Marie Tran as Alicia,  John C. McGinley as Rick, Larry Wilmore as Donnie, Nancy Lenehan as Carolyn, Mimi Kennedy as Lori, Ayden Mayeri as Pam/Stephanie, Craig Cackowski as Ace, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 45 - Eternally Yours written by Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl)

    Episode 45 - Eternally Yours written by Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl)

    You probably need some laughs more than ever, and we can definitely provide them with this month's episode. Our dead pilot is Eternally Yours from Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl), about a family of normal looking but emotionally closed off, stuck-together-for-eternity vampires. If you think there's no fresh spins left in the vampire genre, you need to listen to this one. In Andrew's interview, you’ll hear about Joe & Joe's first show business gigs, including the insane, no-longer existent job of Night PA, delivering scripts in the wee hours. They talk about how far having a great attitude can take you in this business, the lessons they’ve learned through their long careers, and what they look for in people when they’re staffing a show. Pure fun from two great writers. Enjoy! Eternally Yours stars Ed Weeks as Charles, Briga Heelan as Liz, Asif Ali as Max, Vella Lovell as Emma, Tony Cavalero as Jesse, Yassir Lester as Benji, Matt Walsh as Mort/Sigmund Freud, Mindy Sterling as Phyllis/Woman/Kristen Stewart, Brendan Scannell as Steve The Blood Guy/Man, David Fumero as Henry, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 44 - Training Room written by Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    Episode 44 - Training Room written by Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    Our episode this month is Training Room from Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Jamie (played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero), the female physiotherapist for a men's pro soccer team, has always been a guys' girl. But when the team acquires a new star player who challenges Jamie's place on the team, Jamie is forced to seek support from a group of coworkers she's always avoided: the other women. Training Room was produced with Greg Berlanti and former professional soccer player, Robbie Rogers. In Andrew's interview with Brig, you’ll hear about her circuitous route from Santa Clarita to comedy writing…  how some bold moves got her foot in the door… why she likes writing stories about women in men’s worlds... and the impact #MeToo has had in comedy writers' rooms. This episode has it all: dick jokes and a discussion of second versus third wave feminism! Enjoy! Training Room stars Melissa Fumero as Jamie Burkholder, Tony Cavalero as Ryan, Roberta Valderrama as Tawny, Matt Walsh as Coach Vince, David Fumero as Mario, Chelsea Devantez as Tima, Yassir Lester as Kyle/Teammate 1/Sledgehammer Guy, Asif Ali as Jamie’s Dad/Victor/Teammate 2/Bouncer/Nacho, Brendan Scannell as Nick/Frosted Tips/Teammate 3/Waiter, Ed Weeks as Iain, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Also, we have a date for our next live show. This one will be at Westside Comedy Theatre on Saturday, February 29th at 2PM. We’ll be reading pilots from Allison Bennett (You’re The Worst, Single Parents) and Sally Bradford-McKenna (Ghosted, The Goldbergs) Tickets are going to go fast with this one. Lineup is going to be great as usual! Get your tickets here: https://www.westsidecomedy.com/events/event/dead-pilots-society/ For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com  

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
403 Ratings

403 Ratings

SweetBonnie06 ,

I Like It.

This is such a good podcast, very entertaining. Interesting too, hearing what goes into producing a pilot, they’re all so good too, but Episode 45 Eternally Yours is FANTASTIC!

TJinLOCA ,

Some real gems!

I’d heard the ads for this podcast for awhile, but I only started listening to it this week. It’s the perfect antidote to everything that’s bad in the world right now! The actors that they have reading the scripts are great, and it’s a blast to hear actual performances of shows that would otherwise be dead on a shelf somewhere. Thanks for the laughs!

atnorwood ,

Entertaining and informative

I have listened to nearly every episode of this show in the past three weeks, and it is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve ever listened to. The format is unique: a fantastic cast of actors read a script for an audience, and then the writer(s) are interviewed about the script. It’s a really great look behind the scenes of the both the writing and production processes. Yes, occasionally, and especially in the earlier episodes, there is some poor audio quality, but it never detracts from the script itself. If you have any interest in writing or seeing how things are made (or not made), this is a podcast for you.

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