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2014 was a huge year for television. We saw an explosion of on-demand services creating their own shows, not to mention all the high-budget, highly-acclaimed cable and network programming. Today, we look back at some of our favorite TV-related interviews of the year.

Photo: Showrunner Jill Soloway on the set of Transparent. Courtesy of Amazon Studios.

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Jill Soloway's 'Transparent' Brings Trans Identity to TV 13 MIN, 1 SEC

The Amazon series Transparent depicts a loving but dysfunctional Los Angeles family. In the pilot,  the family patriarch announces that he's no longer going to hide his secret identity. Jill Soloway created the series. She was a writer on the HBO series Six Feet Under and she wrote and directed the feature film Afternoon Delight. We talk to her about her latest project.

Guests:
Jill Soloway, TV writer and director (@jillsoloway)

Actor Tony Hale on His Children's Book and Living in the Moment 11 MIN, 1 SEC

You might know Tony Hale as Buster Bluth, the neurotic man-child on the TV show Arrested Development. Or maybe you're more familiar with Hale as Gary Walsh, the frighteningly loyal assistant to the Vice President-turned-President on Veep. Now Hale has a new project. He's written a children's book, inspired by his own struggle to balance Hollywood ambition with a living-in-the-moment life.

Showrunners 14 MIN, 32 SEC

These days, some of the biggest names in television aren't the actors and actresses on the screen, but the men and women behind the camera: Shonda Rhimes, Matthew Weiner, J.J. Abrams, and Joss Whedon, just to name a few. It would seem that the "golden age of television" has given rise to the celebrity showrunner. A new documentary looks at the changing role of the toughest job in television.

Guests:
Des Doyle, director, 'Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show' (@ShowrunnersFilm)
Hart Hanson, creator and executive producer, 'Bones' (@HartHanson)

Free to Be You and Me 12 MIN, 57 SEC

If you were a child in the 1970's, you probably remember the TV special Free to Be You and Me that aired 40 years ago this month. The show was one part of a multi-media project that also included a record and a book. Free to Be was the brainchild of actress Marlo Thomas, and its goal was to encourage kids to defy gender stereotypes, which was fairly radical for 1972.

Guests:
Carol Hall, composer
Lori Rotskoff, cultural historian (@LoriRotskoff)

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