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  1. Showrunner Roundtable: 12 A-List Writers Dish About Lesbian Weddings, Race and Why "Black People Don't Get to Write for White People"

    6:30 am 5/11/2016

    THR gathered six comedy bosses and six drama bosses — including Marta Kauffman, Kenya Barris and Sam Esmail — over two days to talk condoms, why it's a smoother road for "white dudes" behind the camera and the challenges faced by women: "In general, men can and frequently do fail up, and women can and frequently do succeed down — and you're just aware of the fact that as a girl, you can't screw up," says Nina Jacobson.Read more

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  2. Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Comedy Showrunner Roundtable With Steve Levitan, Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass and More

    8:30 am 9/7/2015

    Showrunner Jill Soloway and more join for The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Showrunner Emmy Roundtable where the writers discuss their characters and their work.Read more

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  3. Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Comedy Showrunner Roundtable With Steve Levitan, Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass and More

    7:55 am 9/6/2015

    THR's Emmy season roundtables air on SundanceTV and stream at THR.com. The shows air Sunday at 8 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV, 126 on Dish nationwide, and at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).Read more

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  4. Jay Duplass on 'Togetherness' Characters: "Everything Is Something From Our Lives"

    1:00 pm 6/22/2015

    "My brother [Mark Duplass] and I have always been trying to get to a truthfulness and a simplicity about our storytelling that is really analogous to life — how things happen in real life."Read more

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  5. 'Kimmy Schmidt's' Robert Carlock: "Interviews You Have With Writers Are … To Make Sure They're Not Crazy"

    10:00 am 6/22/2015

    "It is kind of amazing how people can blow it, and reveal that they're crazy."Read more

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  6. 'Transparent's' Jill Soloway on Her Inspiration: "Who the Heck Is Lena Dunham? Where Did She Come From?"

    1:30 pm 6/21/2015

    "Everybody was saying to me, 'Have you seen this girl? She's just like you — except younger and much more successful and she's living her vision, and you're not.'"Read more

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  7. 'Modern Family's' Steve Levitan: "In The Beginning, You Just Have to Fake It and Look Confident"

    10:00 am 6/21/2015

    "When I've talked to other writers who have dealt with what they consider to be frustrating showrunners, the number one complaint might be they're indecisive."Read more

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  8. 'Black-ish' Showrunner Kenya Barris: "We Made America Say, 'Oh, They're Kind of Like Us'"

    1:00 pm 6/20/2015

    "I just got the demographic breakdown of our show, and it's not as many black people as I thought."Read more

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  9. 'Silicon Valley's' Alec Berg on HBO: "The Partners Every Other Network and Studio Claimed to Be"

    10:00 am 6/20/2015

    "[HBO is] so helpful. They're so unobtrusive. They're so smart. We have the back and forth but in a very helpful, constructive way."Read more

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  10. A-List Writers From 'Silicon Valley,' 'Transparent' on Embarrassing Scenes Stolen From Real Life, "Crushing Blow" of a Writers-Room Firing

    10:00 am 6/19/2015

    In THR's comedy showrunners roundtable, Kenya Barris ('Black-ish'), Alec Berg ('Silicon Valley'), Robert Carlock ('Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'), Jay Duplass ('Togetherness'), Jill Soloway ('Transparent'), Steve Levitan ('Modern Family') reveal their most panicked moments on set, why making a movie can help you sell a TV show and why they no longer loathe network notes.Read more

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