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For the last decade, much of the truly original and creative writing across the landscape of visual media has been produced on off-network television. Two of the most prominent and successful creative forces in this realm have been Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") and Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"). Moderated by Rebecca Dana.

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For the last decade, much of the truly original and creative writing across the landscape of visual media has been produced on off-network television. Two of the most prominent and successful creative forces in this realm have been Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") and Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"). Moderated by Rebecca Dana.

    • video
    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 1: Breaking the Bonds of Network Television

    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 1: Breaking the Bonds of Network Television

    In this webisode, Leary and Winter reflect on the differences between cable and network television, escaping the confines of formula and expectation, and their own experiences creating lasting franchises in this liberated media culture.

    • 10 min
    • video
    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 2: Characters We Love to Hate

    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 2: Characters We Love to Hate

    In this installment, Leary and Winter focus on developing the complex anti-heroes that audiences have become addicted to. They discuss the attraction of these boldly flawed characters, explore the motivations behind their often antisocial behavior, and reflect on why we hate to see our favorite bad guys die.

    • 10 min
    • video
    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 3: Pushing the Boundaries or Crossing the Line

    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 3: Pushing the Boundaries or Crossing the Line

    In this segment, Denis Leary (RESCUE ME) and Terence Winter (BOARDWALK EMPIRE) discuss the origins and inspirations for some of their most edgy and outrageous storylines. Rebecca Dana (Newsweek/The Daily Beast) draws the writers out on taking risks and exploring uncharted territory.

    • 15 min
    • video
    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 4: Influences, Expectations and Responsibility

    Not Your Parents' Vast Wasteland, Part 4: Influences, Expectations and Responsibility

    In the final webisode of this series, DENIS LEARY (Rescue Me) and TERENCE WINTER (Boardwalk Empire) look at the roles they play as writers and the effects that the medium has on the broader audience.

    • 13 min

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