Think you know what it takes to be a writer in the entertainment biz? We’ve been stockpiling interviews ranging from comedy influencers to comic book adapters to the writers of the twisted plots of our own SundanceTV dramas. Browse our collection below, and take notes!
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In honor of the new season of Sons of Anarchy starting Sep. 9th, here is a round up of insider stories from creator Kurt Sutter, star Katey Sagal and the executive producers behind the acclaimed FX biker hit. Listen to them talk shop and spill secrets on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, catch up on blog posts and test your fanship with Sons of Anarchy quizzes.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Smallville? Find out below.
Last night Breaking Bad swept the Emmys with wins across the board. Want to know the secrets to Vince Gilligan’s successful creation? Check out the insider stories from Vince, Bryan Cranston and the Breaking Bad writing team in THE WRITERS’ ROOM video clips.
Clown metaphors creep into the conversation when Showalter attempts to soothe Lee’s frazzled nerves about the far-off Season 3 premiere date.
SundanceTV’s sister network AMC scored 16 Emmy nominations for Breaking Bad! In honor of the good news, ten lucky fans have a chance to win a copy of AMC’s Breaking Bad comic book. To enter, follow @SundanceTV on Twitter then tweet #BBComicSweeps. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing.
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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2014, and THE WRITERS’ ROOM received its first-ever series nomination in the category of Outstanding Informational Series. Other contenders included Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN), Inside The Actors Studio (Bravo), Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (Science Channel), and Vice (HBO).
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Mon., Aug. 25 on NBC.
Emmy Award Nominees Vince Gilligan, Beau Willimon, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Talk Shop on “THE WRITERS’ ROOM”
Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones. House of Cards. True Detective. There’s a reason these shows are Emmy-nominated this year for best writing in a drama series. The writers are the best in the business. Check out the insider secrets and expert opinions from three out of four of the nominated shows’ writing teams in THE WRITERS’ ROOM video clips.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about The Walking Dead? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on TV’s most popular shows.
Brimming with sex, violence, political intrigue and shocking deaths, HBO’s Game of Thrones—based on the bestselling George R.R. Martin books—is one undeniably kickass series. And (bless his heart) it’s often the women who are the baddest of the bunch. Here are 10 of our favorite kick-ass women on television.
Calling all fans of The Walking Dead. There are 10 days left to watch THE WRITERS’ ROOM featuring series creator Robert Kirkman online. In honor of the episode, one lucky fan will win a Rick Grimes action figure. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @TheWritersRoom on Twitter then tweet out #TWRGiveaway. If selected, you’ll receive a Rick Grimes action figure courtesy of SundanceTV. No purchase necessary. The giveaway begins on Thu., Jun. 19 at 11AM EST, and the deadline for entry is Fri., Jun. 27 at 5PM EST. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.
Game of Thrones fans, we know you’re eagerly awaiting Sunday night’s season finale—will Tyrion die? Will Jon assassinate Mance? And what will happen to the dragon queen? While we don’t have the answers you’re looking for, we do know how to make the wait bearable. Revisit THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Game of Thrones” with clips, quizzes,…
Jim Rash and the creators of Pretty Little Liars are watching a YouTube clip of a screeching fan and her best friends as they squirm and cry through the season 4 finale of Pretty Little Liars. Throughout the episode one constantly pleads, “Get me through this!” to her fellow watchers. We screened a few fan videos on the set of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, but that one is particularly telling. Every plot twist is blessed with a jubilant shriek. Every cliff-hanger, another spilled bag of popcorn. And after the show’s credits, most fans head over to Twitter to discuss and debate all the details.
Pretty Little Liars Executive Producer I. Marlene King (@IMarleneKing) chatted with THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash (@RashisTVUgly) to answer fan questions during a live Twitter chat. Read the conversation as it unfolded on Twitter in the widget below. Hint: Start at the bottom of the tweets below for the full effect.
THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash and Pretty Little Liars Executive Producer I. Marlene King will host a twitter chat to discuss writing for television. If you would like to participate, please tweet your questions to #PLLTWR throughout the week leading up to the event and follow the hashtag on Jun. 2.
If you’re a fan of shows the define the zeitgeist, chances are good you’re a fan of THE WRITERS’ ROOM too a show that spotlights the creative processes behind the most influential television around. Consider yourself an expert on series like Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead? Here’s your chance to prove it.
For a chance to win a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been follow SundanceTV’s Tumblr account and reblog this Tumblr post. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a signed copy! No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., Jun. 9 at noon ET. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Pretty Little Liars? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., Jun. 2 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV. Follow @mshowalter, @CLee319 and @TheWritersRoom for further adventures in the Twittersphere.
High school is hard enough as it is, but Pretty Little Liars adds “A” — an elusive and vindictive mystery character that is sabotaging lives left and right and turning high school into a total nightmare. Vote for your best guess at “A” then tune-in for more from the writers and stars of Pretty Little Liars on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, airing Mon., Jun. 2 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Game of Thrones? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 26 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
On THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Game of Thrones” producer-writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss maintain that the HBO series is as willing to kill of its main characters as author George R. R. Martin’s books. Says Weiss, “When somebody is in a dangerous situation it means they’re in a dangerous situation.” That also means that for some fans, their favorite characters are now dead! Which Game of Thrones character stole your heart?
Our host, Jim Rash, sat down with “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies, creators Robert and Michelle King and EP Ted Humphrey to talk about their critically acclaimed series on THE WRITERS’ ROOM not long before “The Good Wife” fans blew up the Internet after the (SPOILER ALERT!) 15th episode, in which Will Gardner got killed, aired this season.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about The Good Wife? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 19 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
There’s no scandal as juicy as a sex scandal. And when political intrigue gets mixed in, well, that just ups the ante. Lest you think that political sex scandals are a modern invention, here’s a breakdown of movies — all based on true stories — over the last half century.
The Devils (1971)
Talk about sordid: Back in 1634, French Catholic priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) was burned at the stake in connection with a series of supposed demonic possessions. The powerful Cardinal Richelieu used the accusations of a twisted, sexually obsessed nun (Vanessa Redgrave) as fuel to pursue a political vendetta against Grandier. The movie, directed by Ken Russell and based on a book by Aldous Huxley, met harsh criticism in the U.S. and U.K., both of which gave it an X rating because of violence and explicit sex scenes (two words: nun orgy). It has since been embraced as a cult classic.
Based on the memoir of a former stripper, Blaze recounts the passionate love affair between Louisiana Governor Earl Long (Paul Newman) and his buxom babe Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich). They may have been an unlikely pair, but their connection held fast even when the governor’s rivals used their relationship against him when he advocated for black voting rights). Having a fling with a stripper is one thing; what really riled up his adversaries was when they moved in together.