dead pilots society

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 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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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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Episode 34 - Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster

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Guests: 
Joel Kim Booster as Joel
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Sarah Kim
Guests: 
Guy Branum as Guy
Guests: 
Tawny Newsome as Sonia
Guests: 
Lucy Davis as Esther Kim
Guests: 
Alice Wetterlund as Nancy
Guests: 
Atsuko Okatsuka as Marcy 
Guests: 
Carla Cackowski as Janet
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski as Gay Cop/Driver
Guests: 
Will Choi as Mark/Finance Bro/Drug User/Chip Hearts
Guests: 
Irene Tu as Ruthie

Our dead pilot this month is Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan). We recorded this one live from SF Sketchfest! Birthright is based in part on Joel’s real life. This outrageous and raw pilot centers on Joel Miller. Adopted by white, Midwestern evangelical parents, Joel "knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian". When he has a falling out with his adoptive parents, he goes in search of his birth mother. He assumes she is in Korea, but finds that the truth is way more interesting...

Before the table read, listen to Ben interview Joel about what he learned during his many rounds of development on this pilot for both Fox and Comedy Central. 
  
Come catch our live show at Dynasty Typewriter on February 10th at 2pm. 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 (Master of None), Nichole Bloom (Superstore), David Walton (New Girl), Mo Collins ( F is For Family), Brad Morris ( Seeking A Friend For The End of The World), Ian Gomez (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and more!!

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Episode 33 - American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas

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Guests: 
Kaliko Kauhi as Dee Dee
Guests: 
Dustin Ybarra as Sonny
Guests: 
Kevin Sussman as Connor
Guests: 
Stephnie Weir as Ruth
Guests: 
Nichole Bloom as Jackie/Professional Woman 1
Guests: 
Kevin Balmore as Hector/Little Boy
Guests: 
Maria Blasucci as Mavis/Stacy/Professional Woman 2
Guests: 
Logan Hall as T’Oliver/Yadelah/Old Man/Tough Guy/Cliff

Our dead pilot this month is called American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Happy Endings). We recorded this one live from The USC Comedy Festival! American Alien centers around Denise “Dee Dee” and Sonny Mendoza, a small-town brother-and-sister team who struggle to keep their working-class jobs while also protecting vulnerable space aliens from everyday pitfalls in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

We had a great cast for this one including Kaliko Kauhi as Dee Dee, Dustin Ybarra as Sonny
Kevin Sussman as Connor, Stephnie Weir as Ruth, Nichole Bloom as Jackie/Professional Woman 1
Kevin Balmore as Hector/Little Boy, Maria Blasucci as Mavis/Stacy/Professional Woman 2, Logan Hall as T’Oliver/Yadelah/Old Man/Tough Guy/Cliff, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. 

Stay tuned after the read Andrew interviews Sierra regarding her dead pilot and there’s also a Q & A with the crowd too!

Come catch our live show at SF Sketchfest this year! It's on January 20th at 4pm and you can buy tickets here: https://sfsketchfest2019.sched.com/event/IkpP

We’ll also be back at Dynasty Typewriter on February 10th at 2pm! You can get your tickets for that here: https://www.dynastytypewriter.com/calendar/deadpilotsfeb10

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Episode 32 - The Prince written by Mehar Sethi

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Guests: 
Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney
Guests: 
Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess
Guests: 
Brad Neely as Charles Whitney
Guests: 
Mamie Gummer as Molly
Guests: 
Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec
Guests: 
Elizabeth Ho as Rhea
Guests: 
Roberta Valderrama as Margarita
Guests: 
Mike Kosinski as Oscar/Cody
Guests: 
Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter
Guests: 
Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor
Guests: 
Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice

Our dead pilot this month is The Prince by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman). When Dave Whitney, a ruthless corporate fixer in Texas, is passed over for a promotion in his family's oil business, he decides to take the whole company down. Mehar describes it as "What if Karl Rove worked for Greenpeace?"

We had a great cast for this one including Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney, Brad Neely as Charles Whitney, Mamie Gummer as Molly, Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford, Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice, Roberta Valderrama as Margarita, Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess, Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec, Elizabeth Ho as Rhea,  Mike Kosinski as Oscar, Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter, Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor, Mike Kosinski as Cody, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. After the table read, listen to Andrew's interview with Mehar regarding his dead pilot!

Come to our next live show at SF Sketchfest on January 20th at 4pm!

Buy tickets here: https://sfsketchfest2019.sched.com/event/IkpP
 
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