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Actor's Roundtable
How do you create a role from a pilot script? What’s it like to play the same character season after season? Is it hard to walk onto an already established show as a guest star? Some of today’s leading episodic actors talk about the ups and downs of their TV careers.
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Boy Meets World
In the clip-filled finale, Cory wrestles with his fear of moving to New York for Topanga's internship, triggering—in flashbacks—a host of memories. When he finally opts to take Manhattan, it turns out that Shawn, Jack and Eric have all made big moving plans of their own. But before anyone leaves town, the crew makes one last stop: Mr. Feeny's classroom. There, they bid an emotional farewell to their mentor, who offers them one last bit of advice before they go out and meet the world.
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Casting Deconstructed
Curious how your favorite actor landed a lead in your new favorite show? Or how a guest star is cast, potentially creating a role that is more memorable than the series regulars? And how does a casting director know a “real” person will be just the right amount of crazy and heart to make for addictive, unscripted binge-viewing? Come hear about the casting process from all view points as Emmy award winning casting director Beth Sepko speaks to traditional & real person casting, Kelsey Mayfield-Porter talks unscripted casting for series like The Biggest Loser, while Liz Tigelaar addresses the creator’s role in the casting process, Devon Odessa, an actor turned acting coach, tells of her unique take on the audition process, and actors, Nick Wecshler and Lindsey McKeon, reveal the ups and downs of the audition process, growing as actors, and breaking out of type-casting.
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Channel 101 with Rob Schrab and Dan Harmon
What is Channel 101? Is it a channel? (sort of…www.channel101.com) Is it a festival? Yeah, it is! And if you thought it was awesome to have a fest once a year….they do it once a month!? According to their website, “Channel 101 is a chance to sit in the worn-out chair of the fat network exec, drunk on the blood of lowly artists whose right to exist is given in exchange for their ability to nourish…You run the network. You pick the programming.”
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Comedy Bang! Bang!
Scott Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer of Between Two Ferns) and his musical cohort, Reggie Watts (Conan), host a hilarious half-hour variety show. The series riffs on the late night talk show format, infusing celebrity appearances and comedy sketches with a tinge of the surreal. The second season of Comedy Bang! Bang! kicks off on July 12th at 10pm ET/PT and features visits from guests like Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Pee-wee Herman, Rashida Jones, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, Andy Samberg, Jason Schwartzman, Sarah Silverman, Casey Wilson and many more.
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Conversation with Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs first foray into TV was a home run with creation of the iconic ’80s series CHARLES IN CHARGE, and he didn’t stop there, as he went on to create some of the most recognizable series in ’80s and ’90s nostalgia: My Two Dads, The Torkelsons, Dinosaurs, and Boy Meets World. He also produced the four-time Oscar nominated feature film Quiz Show (which was about TV, obviously). Now Michael is back with the highly anticipated series Girl Meets World, which will reunite Cory and Topanga and take a look on how their daughter handles adolescence. Come hear from Michael himself as he relives his journey in TV from creating and writing to his wealth of stories of the industry, talent, and TVs history.
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Creating the Sound of a Show
Remember the way your heart swelled every time The West Wing theme song began during the opening credits? Or how the music montages during The Vampire Diaries seem to capture the heart of the episode? Sometimes it's even that final song over the credits of True Blood and Game of Thrones. The soundtrack of a TV series is part of the personality of the show, and when used right can help tell the story by adding a new layer without distracting the viewer. How does a music supervisor decide when to use score verses a popular song? What goes into creating (and recreating) the score week after week? And how does a musician make their album stick out amongst the plethora of new music being released each week? Listen to one of television's best composers, a leading music supervisor, a show creator, and a solo musician discuss their parts in creating a television soundtrack.
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CW Digital Block: Husbands and Stupid Hype
Web series can take any number of forms. Starting on YouTube, funded by a Studio, Network, Production Company...or Kickstarter? They are sometimes driven as a way to break into the industry, while other times, they are a creative outlet for someone (or a team) that wants to make content they want to control. Come check out two series that live on the CW website. One started there: Stupid Hype, and the other is moving there: Husbands. First co-creators Jane Espenson and Brad Bell will be joined by cast member Sean Hemeon to discuss the journey their show has taken as it enters its third season with exclusive content to screen! Next hear creator/actor Wilson Bethel talk about his series Stupid Hype, why he needed to tell this story, and what it was like working on the digital side rather than the network (that is home to his series Hart of Dixie).
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Directing in a Writers World
A look at directors of episodic television. They say that TV is a writer’s medium…as opposed to film that is a director’s medium. If that’s true, then what does that mean for the director of a TV series? Have you ever noticed how most episodes are directed by different people from week to week? How can a director maintain the feel and vision of a series when they are coming in for 1 out of potentially 22 episodes of a season? Come hear from veteran and new directors of episodic television on how they manage, what they see their role as, the rewards, and the struggles of directing television.
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Enlisted
Centers on Sgt. Pete Waits who, after a stint in Afghanistan, is stationed at a small military base in Florida to tackle the toughest job of them all leading his dysfunctional brothers' squad.
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