The next instalment in my stubborn effort to convice the world that podcasts are the best thing since … well, the best thing ever, really.
People always say you shouldn’t look too deeply into the question of how sausages are made. I disagree. I find almost any insight into the process and trade secrets of almost any human endeavour intersting. I’m peculiar like that.
The Nerdist Writers Panel is the inside story of how US television series get made; or, more precisely, the unique and odd way in which they get written. In every episode, three or four writers who worked on series you know and may or may not love – Buffy, Terra Nova, Community, Walking Dead, Supernatural, CSI, Fringe, etc etc – get together and talk frankly and often amusingly about all the behind the scenes stuff.
It’s revealing and informative and sheds a lot of light on a kind of writing that’s radically different from almost any other. Fascinating and entertaining, even if you’ve no desire to ever be a TV writer yourself; indispensible if you do have such a desire, I should imagine.
My favourite recent episode is number 26, but I’d honestly recommend just about any episode to anyone interested in hearing gifted creators talk passionately and honestly about the joys and frustrations of working in one of the toughest entertainment businesses on the planet.