Dead Pilots Society

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

Dead Pilots Society Live w/ Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) Brendan Scannell (Heathers), Asif Ali (Wrecked) and more!

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Date: 
12/07/2019 - 16:30 - 18:30
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
The Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends, Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

WE ARE READING PILOTS FROM:
Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Last O.G., New Girl, The Office)
Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, People of Earth)

CAST ANNOUNCED SO FAR!
Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Asif Ali (Wrecked)
Brendan Scannell (Heathers)
David Fumero (Power, LA's Finest)
Eddie Shin (American Housewife, Alexa & Katie)
Chelsea Devantez (Bless This Mess)

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DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY LIVE @ THE HOLLYWOOD IMPROV

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Date: 
12/07/2019 - 16:30 - 18:30
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
The Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends, Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

WE ARE READING PILOTS FROM
Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Last O.G., New Girl, The Office)
Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, People of Earth)

CAST TBA!!

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Episode 42 - The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud written by Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives)

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Guests: 
Michaela Watkins as Penelope Cloud
Guests: 
Daniel David Stewart as Ivy
Guests: 
Malcolm Barrett as Claude
Guests: 
Jon Cryer as Dr. Birkin/Passenger/Student
Guests: 
Mary McCormack as Eva
Guests: 
Felicia Day as Kendall
Guests: 
Nichole Bloom as Geogia/Counselor
Guests: 
Navid Neghaban as Dr. Hakim
Guests: 
Kelsy Sandoval as Adoración

This month’s dead pilot is over ten years in the making. It’s called The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud and was written by Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives). The story centers around Penelope Cloud, a woman who who has been struggling for 15 years to deliver the follow-up to her celebrated first novel. In that time, she's become dependent on a cocktail of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications to get through the day. The story begins when Penelope, desperate to unblock herself, decides to go off all her meds at once and rejoin her life, already in progress. Andrew sat down with Jeff to talk about the ups and downs of developing this project for over ten years. From shooting a pilot for CBS starring Marisa Tomei, to writing six episodes of it for Amazon that were ultimately passed on after a heated back and forth. Jeff also talks about his experience staffing on shows like Friends, Desperate Housewives, and Will & Grace, and his path into becoming a sought-after television director. It was a colorful and at times emotional conversation about a pilot that was really put through the ringer. Enjoy!

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Episode 41 - Sterling written by Dan Sterling

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Guests: 
Nat Faxon as Philip Sterling
Guests: 
Hannah Simone as Scarlett Lacy
Guests: 
Malcolm Barrett as Jack Winthrop
Guests: 
Jon Cryer as Lloyd Foote/Grebs/Harting
Guests: 
Felicia Day as Faye/Norah O’Donnell
Guests: 
Nichole Bloom as Shelby/Fox News Anchor
Guests: 
Daniel David Stewart as Mitch/Bartender

We're back to business as usual in this month's Dead Pilots Society episode. Our dead pilot is Sterling, written by Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office, Girls, South Park, The Interview, Long Shot). Sterling is about a TV news producer whose life is turned upside down when he is paired up with a beautiful, loose-cannon reporter. Andrew sat down with Dan to talk about his impressive career: Getting the job running The Daily Show after hitting it off with Jon Stewart at a Comedy Central Emmy Party, despite never having worked in late night...The decade long journey from his script Flarsky to Long Shot... Writing The Interview and getting caught in the middle of an international diplomatic firestorm, and why the writer is the only one who doesn't get a bodyguard... How Sterling was partly inspired by his working relationship with Sarah Silverman... and much more!

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Special Executive Episode: Jamila Hunter (ABC Network, Khalabo Ink Society)

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Guests: 
Jamila Hunter

No dead pilot this month, but we have something special instead! On this episode we get to hear a network executive's side of the story. Andrew sat down with television comedy executive, Jamila Hunter. Jamila was the Senior Vice President of ABC Comedy before leaving to head up Kenya Barris's production company at Netflix. In this interview, you'll hear her speak openly about running a network comedy department... What it's like to hear 10 to 12 comedy pitches every single day for months...The number one thing she looks for in a pitch... Embarrassing mistakes writers make and how to avoid them... How the pilot pick-up decisions are actually made... She also reminisces about some of the great pitches she's heard in her career, like Kenya Barris' pitch for Black-ish. Lots of valuable insights for writers, and lots of great perspective for television fans. Enjoy, and we'll be back with a new dead pilot next month!

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Episode 40 - Small Town Love written by Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife)

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Guests: 
Busy Phillips as Annette
Guests: 
Shannon Woodward as Fanny
Guests: 
Asif Ali as Curtis
Guests: 
Rob Huebel as John
Guests: 
Paul Adelstein as George
Guests: 
Parvesh Cheena as Mr. Karr
Guests: 
Nicole Sullivan as Reality Woman/Ruthie
Guests: 
Liz Jenkins as Beth
Guests: 
Ali Ghandour as Pimply Teen Manager
Guests: 
Greg Santos as Rude Customer
Guests: 
Syd Steinberg as Waiter/Bartender/Store Manager

Our pilot this time is Small Town Love by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife, Booksmart). Small Town Love is about a sparring mother and daughter in rural Michigan who are forced to lean on each other when they become pregnant at the same time. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Sarah and Emily to hear about how the first script they wrote together, Booksmart, took eleven years to reach the screen; what Emily learned from working with David Mamet; why they made the transition from film to TV; and how you can tell when an idea will actually make a good TV show. Enjoy!

We're having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It'll be at the WGAW HQ 2nd floor event space on 3rd street and Fairfax!! Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!!

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Episode 39 - Lenny's Doing Great and His Family's Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community)

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Guests: 
Jack McGee as Lenny Murphy
Guests: 
Parvesh Cheena as Reno
Guests: 
Busy Phillips as Gloria
Guests: 
Drew Tarver as Evan Murphy
Guests: 
Rob Huebel as Marc
Guests: 
Sabrina Jalees as Sabrina
Guests: 
Nicole Sullivan as Joanna
Guests: 
Liz Jenkins as Regina
Guests: 
Greg Santos as Teddy/Waiter/Student/Officiant
Guests: 
Sydney Steinberg as Customer/Waitress
Guests: 
Ali Ghandour as Insane Looking Man/Police Captain

This week’s episode is called Lenny’s Doing Great and His Family’s Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community). The log-line for this one one goes something like: a young man who’s been helicopter-parented within an inch of his life reconnects with his selfish, absentee grandfather—in the process bringing an estranged family back together in ways no one wanted, but everyone needed. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Alex and Matt for a fun conversation about their real grandfathers whom inspired this pilot, how they got their first gig on American Dad, their keys to writing together as a team, and so much more! Enjoy!

We're having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It'll be at the WGA West Theater!! Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!!

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DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY LIVE W/ BUSY PHILIPPS, BRENT MORIN, DREW TARVER!!

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Date: 
06/08/2019 - 17:00 - 19:00
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Hollywood Improv Comedy Club

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends, Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

WE ARE READING PILOTS FROM
BILL LAWRENCE (Creator of Scrubs, Cougar Town, Spin City) and BRENT MORIN (Undateable, Conan, Netflix)
Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife)
Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community)

OUR CAST INCLUDES:
BUSY PHILIPPS (Busy Tonight, Freaks and Geeks)
NATALIE MORALES (Abby's, Parks & Rec)
BRENT MORIN (Undateable, Conan, Netflix)
DREW TARVER (The Other One, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
SHANNON WOODWARD (Westworld, Raising Hope)
ROB HUEBEL (The Descendants, I Love You, Man)
SABRINA JALEES (Transparent, Powerless)
PARVESH CHEENA (Craiz Ex-Girlfriend, Barbershop)
CHRISTA MILLER (Scrubs, Undateable)
NICOLE SULLIVAN (Mad TV, Cougar Town)
ARTURO DEL PUERTO (The Walking Dead)
HEMKY MADERA (Weeds)
ASIF ALI (Wrecked)
DINO ARCHIE (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
JACK MCGEE ( The Fighter, The McCarthy's)
PAUL ADELSTEIN (I Feel Bad, Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce)
LIZ JENKINS (Black-ish, SEAL Team)
JESUS TREJO (The Late Show w/ James Corden)
ALI GHANDOUR (The Goldbergs, Ghosted)
SYD STEINBERG (The Cool Kids)
GREG SANTOS (Great News)

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DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY LIVE w/ BILL LAWRENCE, BRENT MORIN, SARAH HASKINS & EMILY HALPERN, AND MORE!

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Date: 
06/08/2019 - 17:00 - 19:00
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
The Hollywood Improv

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends, Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

WE ARE READING PILOTS FROM
BILL LAWRENCE (Creator of Scrubs, Cougar Town, Spin City) and BRENT MORIN (Undateable, Conan, Netflix)
Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife)
Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community)

CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

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Episode 38 - Sexy Justice written by Johanna Stein

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Guests: 
Tiya Sircar as Didi Cates
Guests: 
Amanda Lund as Jennifer Von Knoblach
Guests: 
David Walton as Father Jim
Guests: 
Ian Gomez as Captain Gomez
Guests: 
Andy Ridings as Father O’Reilly/Officer Cappizzi/Store Clerk/Man
Guests: 
Brad Morris as Gentle Willy/Officer Manning/Radio
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Chicky Jackson
Guests: 
Ethan Peck as Manly Nun/Punk/Ice Cream Truck Driver

Our pilot this month is called Sexy Justice and it’s written by Johanna Stein. Johanna has written on many TV shows including Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh and so many more! She’s also the author of the novel How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane. Sexy Justice is a 1/2 hour cop show comedy featuring a pair of sizzlingly sexy female undercover cops on the streets of Los Angeles in its prime: the early 80’s. Think “Cagney & Lacey” meets “Charlie’s Angels”, and put through an “Archer” blender on high speed. Stay tuned for Andrew’s interview with Johanna where she talks about the development of Sexy Justice, her experience writing on children’s shows, and the world of animation. Enjoy!

We have a LIVE SHOW on Saturday, June 8th at 5pm at The Hollywood Improv! We'll be reading pilots from Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife), Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (Community, New Girl) and probably more! Our cast is going to be incredible for this one so you don't want to miss it!!

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