Failure Episodes

April 15, 2021

Take 20 - Showrunner Joe Henderson, White Collar, Lucifer

We talk to showrunner Joe Henderson about his Hollywood journey. He talks about his formative years as an assistant and how he is grateful for the extended period he spent at this position - but then also about his triple pro...

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April 08, 2021

Take 19 - Writer Jeffrey Lieber, Lost, Charmed

We hear the fascinating take of Jeffrey Lieber, the creator of the first version of the Lost pilot. We talk about how he dealt with his relationship with the show as it went in a different direction, the years it took him to ...

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April 01, 2021

Take 18 - Writer Jose Molina, Law and Order SVU, Without a Trace, Agent Carter

We talk to veteran writer Jose Molina. He talks through the balance between finding a long-running show, finding a show you like and making bold and reckless decision early in your career. He explains why young writers should...

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March 25, 2021

Take 17 - Journalist, podcaster and writer Marc Bernardin, Castle Rock, Treadstone

We talk to Marc Bernardin about his different careers and the different types of failure he suffered. He talks about journalism, being fired while on vacation and knowing when to break the rules and reach out to interview sub...

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March 18, 2021

Take 16 - Writer and WGA West President David Goodman, Family Guy, The Orville

We talk to David Goodman, veteran writer and WGA West President. He talks about the pain of a comedy writer pitching jokes that don’t land, the thin line to tread between comedy and causing offense and knowing you’ll get fire...

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March 11, 2021

Take 15 - Show creator Mickey Fisher, Extant, Reverie

We talk to show creator Mickey Fisher. He tells us about how his 'overnight success' wasn't actually overnight, being fired in hotel rooms and having his gate pass for the studio revoked as the first sign his show was getting...

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March 04, 2021

Take 14 - Showrunner John Rogers, Catwoman, Leverage, Transformers

We talk to the amazing John Rogers. The veteran writer and showrunner gives his views from 30 years in the industry. He tells the amazing story of the awful Catwoman, how he owned his role in the movie, what went wrong and bu...

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February 25, 2021

Take 13 - Writer Shawn Simmons, Wayne

We talk to the extraordinary Shawn Simmons about his cult hit Wayne. He tells us about the rare occurrence of having his network cancelled under his show, the joy of a show being reborn on Amazon and the 'heat' of having a hi...

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February 18, 2021

Take 12 - Writer Jeff Howard, Haunting of Hill House, Oculus, I Know What You did Last Summer

We talk to horror writer Jeff Howard. He tells us about being rejected - with various levels of misfortune - by Nicolas Cage, John Stamos and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He talks about the kiss of death 'well told', the desire...

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February 11, 2021

Take 11 - Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Star Trek, Alphas, Elementary

Prodigious writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe joins the podcast. He talks honestly about missing out on his dream Lord of the Rings project, the amount of time spent continuously looking for his next role and his ratio of 8 failures ...

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February 01, 2021

Take 10 - Actor and writer Geoffrey Thorne, In the Heat of the Night, Magnum PI

We talk to actor and writer Geoffrey Thorne. The actor turned writer tells his extraordinary story of riches to rags and back to riches again. He talks about why he walked away from a successful acting career in In the Heat o...

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January 28, 2021

Take 9 - John Zaozirny, President of Bellevue Productions

We talk to writer-turned-manager John Zaozirny, President of Bellevue Productions. He talks about his move from writing to management, stories of firing and being fired and why he loves the industry. John talks about being fi...

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January 14, 2021

Take 7 - Writer and showrunner Matthew Federman, Jericho, Blood and Treasure

We talk to writer and showrunner Matthew Federman. He talks about how he runs a writing room and pro-actively solves problems, the mistakes he made pitching and what he's learned from brilliant bosses. He explains the slightl...

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December 28, 2020

Take 5 - Writer and showrunner Sheryl J.Anderson, Sweet Magnolias, Charmed.

We talk to the extraordinary Sheryl J. Anderson, veteran writer and showrunner. She tells us how 'famous, toxic' writers' rooms taught her how to lead her own show the right way, her regrets about not speaking up to protect w...

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December 22, 2020

Take 4 - Screenwriter Dan Hernandez, Detective Pikachu, the Tick and 1600 Penn.

We talk to screenwriter Dan Hernandez. He tells us about how he handled the pressure of writing fan favorite Detective Pikachu, the big opportunities that got away in his career and going to high school with Josh Gad. He expl...

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