TV Interviews

screenwriting for TV and streaming series

 Brianne Hogan

“Over prepare. Go with 80 jokes, drop to 20 for rehearsal and 12 for the show.”

“Over prepare. Go with 80 jokes, drop to 20 for rehearsal and 12 for the show.”

Luciano Casimiri discusses writing and teaching comedy.

By Brianne Hogan. Although not a household name, Canadian comedy writer, Luciano Casimiri, has made a comfortable living from comedy writing and “punching up” lame scripts in desperate need of a laugh, or two, or three (comedy writers abide by the “rule of three,” FYI). The Toronto native started comedy at the age of 16 […]

 Michelle Houle

Creative Control Among the Chaos: Writing for Saturday Night Live

Creative Control Among the Chaos: Writing for Saturday Night Live

Chris Kelly talks about his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live, Broad City, Funny or Die, and The Onion News Network.

By Michelle Houle. Chris Kelly joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live in September 2011. During his tenure on the show, Kelly has written “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”, “The Beygency”, “Dyke and Fats”, “Wishin’ Boot”, amongst others. For the music video sketch, “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”, Kelly received an Emmy […]

 Matthew Wade Reynolds

Table 58: Technology Serving the Story

Table 58: Technology Serving the Story

Writer and producer May Chan describes working in the new media environment, her unabashed love for classic sitcoms, and how being terrified of E.T. as a child proved the perfect training to be a kids show writer.

By Matthew Wade Reynolds. For anyone who grew up in the quaint old days of cable television, with only hundreds of channels to flip through (never mind the era of just three networks and PBS) today’s wealth of choices can be overwhelming – not just what to watch, but how. On-demand? Streaming? DVR? Watching – […]

 Ramona Zacharias

Pretty Little Liars: Adapting Hit Novels into a Hit Show

Pretty Little Liars: Adapting Hit Novels into a Hit Show

"I knew that we needed to continue to shock and surprise fans." I. Marlene King discusses her show, Pretty Little Liars.

By Ramona Zacharias. High school is hard enough for a teenage girl, what with all that social awkwardness and pre-adulthood business, not to mention parents, teachers, homework and homecoming. Throw in murder, stalking and psychological torture that is seemingly from beyond the grave, and you have the deliciously dark and irresistible world of Hanna Marin, […]

 Andrew Bloomenthal

Showrunners: 100% Burnout Rate

Showrunners: 100% Burnout Rate

Des Doyle goes behind the scenes of hit TV shows to speak with their showrunners.

By Andrew Bloomenthal. On the heels of hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Sopranos, the creative minds behind current favorites like Homeland, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones suddenly find themselves thrust into the spotlight once reserved for the actors who populate their make-believe worlds. Known as showrunners, […]

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