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).

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!!

For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast!
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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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Episode 37 - Yogurt World written by Colleen McGuinness

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Guests: 
Britt Lower as Audrey Mills
Guests: 
Danny Pudi as Chris
Guests: 
David Walton as Seph
Guests: 
Ethan Peck as Guy #1/Chuck/Tough Guy
Guests: 
Amanda Lund as Lisa Hewitt
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Hot Girl
Guests: 
Brad Morris as Bucky Simmons
Guests: 
Andy Ridings as Vet/Guy #2/Newscaster/7-11 Employee

This month's episode is from the great Colleen McGuinness! Colleen has written on 30 Rock, Friends From College, and Forever.  Her pilot is called Yogurt World. It centers around a woman who works in a frozen yogurt shop whose life is going nowhere, until she discovers that she is telekinetic. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Colleen about developing Yogurt World with Matt Damon, attempting to make a comedy version of “Carrie”, her experiences writing on 30 Rock including some inside scoop on creating that show’s finale, and so many more golden nuggets of insight for writers! Enjoy!

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Episode 36 - Pearl written by Andrew Reich

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Guests: 
Julia Duffy as Pearl
Guests: 
Tony Hale as Billy
Guests: 
Alice Wetterlund as Olivia
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski as Kurt
Guests: 
Atsuko Okatsuka as Sara
Guests: 
Tawny Newsome as Shelby/Waitress/Quinn
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Arlene
Guests: 
Kevin Pollak as Len
Guests: 
Guy Branum as Doctor Hudson/Radio Announcer/Student #2
Guests: 
Joel Kim Booster as Henry/Student #1
Guests: 
Carla Cackowski as Deedee
Guests: 
Lucy Davis as Joy
Guests: 
Will Choi as Travis/Cicerone

HAPPY MAX FUN DRIVE!! This month's episode was recorded live at SF Sketchfest 2019! It’s Andrew's all-time favorite of his own dead pilots. Inspired by his own mother, "Pearl" tells the story of a woman who receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and decides to use the time she has remaining to orchestrate the lives of her loved ones to her liking. Before the read, you'll hear Ben’s interview with Andrew where he discusses the process of developing this very personal story into a network sitcom. Enjoy!

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Episode 35 - The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan

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Guests: 
Noel Wells as Annabel
Guests: 
Ethan Peck as Jud
Guests: 
Britt Lower as Hallie
Guests: 
Tiya Sircar as Lauren Lewis
Guests: 
Mo Collins as Marilyn
Guests: 
David Walton as Dr. Raz
Guests: 
Andy Ridings as Russel
Guests: 
Brad Morris as Bart
Guests: 
Krista Morin as Freya/Woman/Erica/MRI Technician

This month’s episode is called The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie). It's an unconventional romantic comedy where Girl meets Boy, Boy very much doesn’t notice. Girl meets bus, Boy notices… sort of.  Billy developed this project for Fox with Fresh Off The Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan. 

Stay tuned after the table read for Andrew’s interview with Billy. Billy discusses his early transition from New York playwright to LA comedy writer, the development process of Annabel Phipps, and soooo much more. Enjoy!

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Dead Pilots Society Live w/ Noel Wells, Tiya Sircar, Danny Pudi, David Walton and more!!

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Date: 
02/10/2019 - 14:00 - 16:00
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Dynasty Typewriter 2511 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90057 United States

Dead Pilots Society: live reads of dead pilots by your favorite actors

Every year, hundreds of pilots are bought by television networks. Only a handful of those pilotsare produced. There are dozens of terrific, cherished, sweated-over passion projects that have never seen the light of day... until now.

Ben Blacker (co-creator, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) andAndrew Reich (Friends) bring you Dead Pilots Society, in which pilots passed over by the networks finally get their due.

There are no notes, no one gets fired, and everyone has a good time.

This month we'll be reading scripts from Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie), Colleen McGuiness (30 Rock) and Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)!

Our cast so far includes Noel Wells ( Mr. Roosevelt), Tiya Sircar (The Good Place), Danny Pudi (Community), David Walton (New Girl), Brad Morris ( Seeking A Friend For The End of The World), Ian Gomez (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), Ethan Peck (Star Trek), Britt Lower (Casual), Amanda Lund (Goosebumps), Andy Ridings ( Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Krista Morin (The Handmaid's Tale).

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://www.dynastytypewriter.com/calendar/deadpilotsfeb10