TV Interviews

screenwriting for TV and streaming series

 Jim

“A Story About Marriage” Showrunner Chris Mundy Talks ‘Ozark’

“A Story About Marriage” Showrunner Chris Mundy Talks ‘Ozark’

Ozark, the multiple award-winning, slow-burning drama on Netflix depicts the precarious lives of the Byrde family who flew away from noisy Chicago to the relative peace of the Missouri Ozarks to launder drug cartel money as a way to start a new life. We spoke with veteran showrunner Chris Mundy, also known for his work […]

 Brock Swinson

“Inside The TV Writers’ Room & Beyond” Showrunner Steve Blackman on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 (Part 2)

“Inside The TV Writers’ Room & Beyond” Showrunner Steve Blackman on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 (Part 2)

We continue our interview with showrunner Steve Blackman on creating The Umbrella Academy as he discusses how his TV writers’ room operates and how writers can further their writing careers. Blackman runs his TV writers’ room with a focus on collaboration. “Every TV writer brings something to that room. There are different styles. Some writers throw […]

 Brock Swinson

“A Dysfunctional Family Story Cloaked In The Superhero Genre” Showrunner Steve Blackman on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 (Part 1)

“A Dysfunctional Family Story Cloaked In The Superhero Genre” Showrunner Steve Blackman on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 (Part 1)

“I actually had an old life as an attorney,” said showrunner Steve Blackman. “I was pretty miserable practicing law. I dreamed of getting out and I saw an opportunity to write a TV show about young lawyers.” Following the write-what-you-know advice many young writers hear, Blackman sold a show where he was already familiar with […]

 Jim

“I Want People To Feel A Ton Of Different Ways After Watching This” Dave on ‘Dave’

“I Want People To Feel A Ton Of Different Ways After Watching This” Dave on ‘Dave’

Who’s heard of a white rapper in L.A. who goes by the monicker Lil Dicky? Dave Burd. It’s what you heard. Is that absurd? (Could this be part of Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s attempt at rap?) Together with comedy co-creator Jeff Schaffer (creator of The League and an executive producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld), Burd and […]

 Jim

“Vida” Enjoyed Three Glorious Seasons On Starz And Opened The Doors To More LatinX TV Series

“Vida” Enjoyed Three Glorious Seasons On Starz And Opened The Doors To More LatinX TV Series

Tanya Saracho is the showrunner behind the popular LatinX television series, Vida on Starz. Vida is more than a “diverse” TV series capturing the lives of the Latino community in Los Angeles. Adapted from the short story Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr. (who also wrote on the show), it is about real people, telling real […]