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    The Writers' Room

    The Writers' Room

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    Sundance Channel
    Outrageous success. Horrible mistakes. Last minute changes. Creators of today's most ground-breaking TV shows tell all in the place where it all starts: The Writers' Room.

    Sundance Channel gives viewers an in-depth look at the process of creating quality hit shows. Host Jim Rash sits down with showrunners, writers, and cast for some of cable and the networks' acclaimed shows to find out how it's done.


    Broadcast History (All times E/P):
    Season 2, Episodes 4-6 – Monday 11 pm
    Season 2, Episodes 1-3 – Friday 9:00 pm
    Season 1 – Monday 10:00 pm

    Program Notes:
    Season one's set was a mock-up of a typical writers' room. It had dry-erase and cork boards with plot cards on the back wall interspersed with framed promotional posters from the show under discussion. The set had dark, grayish-blue walls, a hardwood floor, and bright lighting. The host – in a suit – sat with the talent on executive chairs at a conference table. A writer or executive from Entertainment Weekly participated in the last segment of the episode called "The Last Word with Entertainment Weekly", where the reporter asked general questions of the talent for fans not as interested in the process. Before the main titles, clips or video from the relevant show played with excerpts from the upcoming discussion.

    Season two brought a new set, and a new attitude. There was no contract with Entertainment Weekly anymore – reporters from different online or print magazines were given a seat for the full episode, giving analysis and opinions. The new, relaxed tone was complemented by a set that looked like a closed bar (brick walls, bar stools, and liquor bottles; but, strangely, also a classic spotlight and film camera), in front of which were sofas and tables where Rash and the talent sat. Rash's wardrobe was more casual, with sweaters and patterned shirts in warm colors. There were now man-of-the-street opinions before the main titles, and questions to the writers about specific scenes during the episode. The final segment winnowed down the talent to just one or two for a wrap-up.

    Awards:
    2014 Emmy Awards (66th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Informational Series or Specialmoreless
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    I Married a Mobster

    I Married a Mobster

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    Investigation Discovery
    I Married a Mobster is the Investigation Discovery series which tells the stories of women who were married to men involved in organized crime. Mob wives have become a hot topic, from legendary shows like The Sopranos to reality shows like Mob Wives, and now Investigation Discovery is getting in on the action. While the other shows are more like reality-dramas, Investigation Discovery's I Married a Mobster is more of a documentary series. We join women who tell the stories of what life was like with these mobster husbands, and how it changed after they were gone. Lorraine Bracco, star of The Sopranos and Goodfellas is narrating the series, which joins women like Barbara Gama, Cheryl Caruso and more. From Barbara being given money and encouraged to go shopping in exchange for keeping quiet, to Cheryl who was largely clueless about her husband's real life, the show tells real stories of crime, busts and more, avoiding glamorizing the mob life. Tune in to see what happens when women are tied to a life of crime in Investigation Discovery's I Married a Mobster.moreless
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    Maron

    Maron

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    IFC
    Marc Maron stars as a fictionalized version of himself in this new sitcom.  
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    Prophets of Science Fiction

    Prophets of Science Fiction

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    The Science Channel
    What once was just imagination is now real; what was once the distant future is now around the corner. The "Science Fiction" of the past has now simply become "Science". And the science of the future was strangely prophesied by a group of visionaries whose dreams once may have deemed them renegades and "mad scientists," have become reality!In 1950, the term "Robotics" was coined by author Isaac Asimov in his book I.ROBOT and our collective imagination reeled. In the years since, literature, movies and television have allowed us to embrace the notion that the ideas of a few inspired visionaries could be made real. What is more astonishing is that these ideas have been, are currently and will be put to practice in our everyday lives. Each episode of the upcoming series PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION will focus on how the great minds of Science Fiction imagined our future for us, and how some, in turn, made their fantasies real.In a dynamic hyper-stylized way that has never been seen before … we will take a tour of what was, and what will be through the eyes of the visionary authors, illustrators, filmmakers, and scientists who have become the PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION!moreless