FROM Jon Lovett
'1600 Penn' 1600 Penn is a family comedy set in the White House. It features Josh Gad (Book of Mormon star) who co-created it with our guests, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett. Winer is an old TV hand who's directed episodes of New Girl as well as the pilot and many subsequent episodes of Modern Family. But this is Lovett's first Hollywood gig. He comes to the TV business directly from the White House. He was a speechwriter for President Obama for three years. Before that wrote for Hillary Clinton for three years during her Senate reelection and presidential campaigns. While writing for Obama he had a hand in some of the famed Donald Trump jokes. Lovett and Winer talk about the culture clash between Hollywood and DC and how they found a way to work together.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."