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  1. Jordan Peele on Dodging Certain Network Notes: "We Have This Wonderful Thing Called the Race Card"

    11:00 am 6/21/2015

    "Any time you get a note you don't like you go, 'It's a black thing.' And that's the end of the conversation."Read more

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  2. '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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  3. '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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  4. Ricky Gervais on Humor: "There's Nothing Funnier Than Real Life"

    11:00 am 6/20/2015

    "It's my favorite thing, making the ordinary extraordinary. I think that resonates more, and then the funny is sort of easy."Read more

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  5. '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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  6. 'Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch: "Improv on [This] Show Isn't About Rewriting a Scene"

    12:30 pm 6/19/2015

    "A guy like Zach Woods, who's an incredible improviser, it's all his little improvs that didn't even make it into the show that everyone was like, 'Oh, I know how to write for you now.' And now he's become this very weird guy with a lot of hidden secrets, which has pretty much just come out of him."Read more

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  7. Fred Armisen on 'Portlandia' Inspiration: "It's Never Ending ... So Far!"

    10:30 am 6/19/2015

    He pegs his dream comedy collaborator as Prince, but says he would also love to work with Louis C.K. on "Portlandia."Read more

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  8. 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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  9. Will Forte on 'SNL' Sketches: "You Go In Knowing There's a Chance of Total Failure"

    12:00 pm 6/18/2015

    "You do something called 'Fart Face,' you're not expecting it's going to win any artistic awards."Read more

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