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Talk Show | United States • Rough Draft With Reza Aslan is a timely and fast-paced talk show about writers and writing. Today’s biggest scribes (screen, television, books and press) sit with Reza for a lively discussion that’s intimate, provocative, and always entertaining.
Episode 1 - Norman Lear and musical guest, Ingrid Michaelson
Norman Lear, creator of All In the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude—and perhaps the most iconic of television writers alive today—describes arriving in Hollywood, his social activism, and his take on the current state of the creative nation.
Episode 2 - Jill Soloway and musical guest, The Local Natives
Reza’s featured guest is Jill Soloway, Emmy-nominated writer and Emmy-winning director of Transparent, along with musical guests The Local Natives. Several actors from Transparent and Jill’s own family also join in on the green room conversation.
Episode 3 - Tim Kring, Gideon Raff and musical guest, Alison Sudol
Writers and producers Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, whose claims to fame include Heroes and Homeland, recount writers’ room trenches and a violent encounter with Woody Allen in Central Park. With musical guest Alison Sudol.
Episode 4 - Damon Lindelof and musical guests, Antonio Sanchez and Daniel Lanois
Damon Lindelof, whose credits include Lost and The Leftovers, talks with Reza about his first big breaks, and how it feels to have the zeitgeist question his season finale of Lost. Composer Antonio Sanchez and musician Daniel Lanois also join.
Episode 5 - Mike White and musical guest, The Bird and The Bee
Writer/director/actor/producer Mike White, whose credits include Enlightened, School of Rock, and Freaks and Geeks, describes working with networks and studios and the complex “art & commerce” dynamic. With musical guests The Bird and the Bee.