Brian’s podcast, The Moment, has been a big influence on To Live & Dialogue. Join Aaron and Brian as they dive into the kinds of issues facing screenwriters that Brian talks about on his pod, including the importance of morning pages, and tuning out the Hollywood gatekeepers. The wide-ranging discussion also touches on Brian’s Showtime series, Billions, as well as his many screenplays, most notably, Solitary Man. In addition to breaking down a scene from that movie, Brian also talks about the craft behind one of his all time favorite film moments, from Donnie Brasco.
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This week, Aaron welcomes into the studio one of his all-time screenwriting heroes, Jack Epps. Along with his partner Jim Cash, Jack wrote some of the biggest movies of the 1980s, including Top Gun, The Secret of My Success, Turner & Hooch, and Legal Eagles. Jack currently teaches screenwriting at USC.
Aaron is thrilled to welcome Craig Turk onto the show. Craig has written some of the best series on broadcast networks in recent memory, including Cold Case, Boston Legal, plus Private Practice and The Good Wife, both of which he ran. Aaron and Craig talk about the pain of produced pilots that don’t go to series, working with Dick Wolf, writing the penultimate Good Wife episode, and Aaron pumps Craig for anecdotes about his old boss, David E. Kelley.
Aaron is thrilled to welcome Oscar-winning screenwriter Bobby Moresco onto the show. Aaron and Bobby discuss how training as an actor can help one’s writing, the TV project they collaborated on together, Bobby’s unique method of breaking story, and Bobby goes deep into the genesis of some of his most acclaimed works, including Million Dollar Baby.
Aaron is thrilled to welcome acclaimed screenwriter, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Donald Margulies, into the broadcast studio! Aaron talks to Donald about the brilliant structure of his great screenplay The End of the Tour, the creation of his many plays, and how he deals with the highs and lows of the life of a Hollywood screenwriter. They also gush over their shared love of Broadcast News.
Aaron is thrilled to have theoretical physicist and best-selling author Brian Greene on the pod to discuss a host of subjects, including Brian’s works of dramatic writing, Light Falls, and Icarus at the Edge of Time. Aaron tries not to embarrass himself when he asks Brian about the big questions of the universe, like why there’s something rather than nothing, and the current thinking about the infinite universe. They discuss their favorite movies about science, and the similarities between Hollywood and Theoretical Physics (there are more than you’d think!).
Michael Rauch joins Aaron in person at the Yale Broadcast Studio to discuss the latest show he’s created, CBS’s Instinct, starring Alan Cumming. They discuss Michael’s extraordinary career in TV, from getting his first two series picked up on the same day, to his work creating and running Life is Wild, Beautiful People, Love Monkey, and serving as co-showrunner on USA Network hit Royal Pains. Aaron also wants to hear about working with 80s superstars Molly Ringwald and C. Thomas Howell, and the two of them geek out on William Goldman and the craft behind Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
TV Creator and Showrunner Dana Calvo joins Aaron to discuss her expansive writing career. Dana was the Creator and Showrunner on the beloved Good Girls Revolt on Amazon. She’s written on some of Aaron’s favorite shows, including Narcos, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Aaron geeks out with Dana about Aaron Sorkin, her writing routine, and the lonely life of a writer who’s selling pilots.
TV Creator and Showrunner Andrew Lenchewski joins Aaron to discuss his long-running, hit USA Network series, Royal Pains, as well all his many collaborations with Aaron. They mourn their recent pilot, The Tap, which was shot by USA, but very sadly never got ordered to series. On a happier note, they discuss their ongoing partnership with one of their heroes, Rob Reiner.