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Monday, July 29, 2013: The Writers’ Room

by Ethan Alter July 29, 2013 6:00 am
Monday, July 29, 2013: <i>The Writers’ Room</i>

Want to know how to succeed in the television writing business by trying really, really hard? Let actor/writer/director Jim Rash and all-star panels of small-screen scribes walk you through it.

A six-episode series that feels like a podcast just waiting to happen, The Writers' Room finds the erstwhile Dean Pelton venturing into the writing rooms of such widely-liked TV shows as American Horror Story, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Parks and Recreation for wide-ranging conversations with the men and women who write the dialogue all those oh-so-beautiful actors deliver. In several cases, those "oh-so-beautiful actors" pop up on the panel as well; New Girl's Jake Johnson, for example, discusses just how important the writers are in making Nick so freakin' awesome, while Bryan Cranston will hopefully high-five whichever Breaking Bad writer dreamed up the career-defining line, "I am the one who knocks." If the show gets a second season, we vote that Rash get his own boss, Dan Harmon, on camera. The Writers' Room premieres on the Sundance Channel tonight at 10 PM. Over on HBO, the channel's summer documentary series continues with the premiere of First Comes Love at 9 PM opposite the Season 1 finale of the VH1 guilty pleasure, Hit the Floor.

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