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  1. "We Reverse Engineered ['Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'] From [Ellie Kemper]": Showrunner Robert Carlock

    2:43 pm 6/15/2015

    We met with [Ellie] and she just confirmed our sense of who we thought she was on screen, and that's a weird thing to be able to communicate and to have any intelligence behind it. And she has a lot.Read more

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

    2:32 pm 6/15/2015

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

    2:16 pm 6/15/2015

    "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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  4. 'Transparent's Jill Soloway: "Okay, Who the Heck is Lena Dunham, Where Did She Come From?"

    2:02 pm 6/15/2015

    "Everybody was saying to me, 'have you seen this girl? She's just like you.'"Read more

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

    1:45 pm 6/15/2015

    "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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  6. Comedy Showrunners Roundtable: Chuck Lorre, Jenji Kohan, Mike Judge on Ejaculation Shots, Awful Pitch Meetings and Salary Negotiations

    11:00 am 6/4/2014

    Seven hot writer-producers — also including Marc Maron ("Maron"), Jenni Konner ("Girls"), Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation") and Armando Iannucci ("Veep") — sound off on everything from how they keep their casts happy to the too-personal storylines that have permanently severed relationships.Read more

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  7. Comedy Showrunner Roundtable: Watch The Full, Uncensored Interview

    2:22 pm 6/3/2014

    Roundtable guests Marc Maron (Maron), Mike Judge(Silicon Valley), Chuck Lorre (Mom), Jenni Konner (Girls), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black), Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation) and Armando Iannucci (Veep).Read more

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  8. 'Girls' Showrunner Jenni Konner on HBO's 'Money Shot' Policy

    3:57 pm 5/30/2014

    The writer shares how they were allowed to get by with the network's blessing after using the racy shot in an emotional scene. "We kind of had a story motivated, emotional money shot and they let us keep it," says Konner. "So it really felt like we all grew together." Read more

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  9. THR Emmy Roundtable: 'New Girl,' 'Big Bang' Showrunners on Dropping F-Bombs and Comedy's Tough Year

    8:00 am 6/10/2013

    Matthew Carnahan, Greg Daniels, Bruce Helford, Liz Meriwether, Steve Molaro and Mike Schur also talk to THR about turning down product placement, their most absurd network notes and whether "Anger Management" is the model of the future.Read more

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