Jim Rash on 'Writer's Room': A 'Group Therapy Session' for Shonda Rhimes, Robert Kirkman
The host of the Sundance TV series tells THR his show is a place for the screenwriters behind "Scandal," "Walking Dead" and "House of Cards" to share secrets of their crafts -- as well as insecurities.
Jim Rash is ready to return to The Writer's Room.
The Sundance TV series kicks of season two Friday at 9 p.m. with a Scandal episode featuring creator Shonda Rhimes and star Kerry Washington.
Rash, who returns to host, is recognizable as Dean Pelton on NBC's Community, and won an Oscar for co-writing The Descendants. Still, he admits to occasionally getting star-struck around fellow writers, saying he was a little intimidated when welcoming Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss last season and Beau Willimon's House of Cards team for season two.
"It is such a Herculean task the guys in Game of Thrones take on. With Beau Willimon -- it was the idea of a group of playwrights doing this show -- that sounds so cerebral that I was a little nervous," Rash tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But of course when you meet them they are more than approachable and easy to talk to."
The new season will also feature episodes focusing on on Sons of Anarchy, The Good Wife and Pretty Little Liars. One episode will look at the journey of bringing graphic novels to the small screen with guests from The Walking Dead and Smallville.
Rash says it was surprising how different working on a comic book-inspired show is now for The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman than it was ten years earlier for Smallville's Alfred Gough and Miles Millar as Comic-Con has grown and social media have taken off.
He says that as a writer his show has benefits beyond the guests getting to talk about their work.
"Selfishly, its also a conversation for me. I think it's sort of a group therapy session. I get to hear Vince Gilligan, Shonda Rhimes talk about their crafts."
The Writer's Room returns Friday at 9 p.m.
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