Watch Hollywood Reporter's Full, Uncensored Comedy Showrunner Roundtable With the Bosses of 'Veep,' 'Master of None' and More
The heads of 'Black-ish,' 'Fresh Off the Boat,' 'Grace and Frankie' and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' join the discussion about sex, spinoffs and storytelling.
Six comedy series chiefs — Kenya Barris (Black-ish), Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat), Marta Kauffman (Grace and Frankie), Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), David Mandel (Veep) and Alan Yang (Master of None) — let it rip on the sex acts they still can’t believe they got past Standards (yes, "chicken cooping" is a real thing), why they don’t like spinoffs (sorry, Friends fans!) and the challenges that come with trying to tell your story when you don’t look like everyone else in Hollywood: "Black people don’t get to write for white people."
The roundtable discussion aired Sunday on SundanceTV as part of the cable channel's original nonfiction series, Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, produced in partnership with THR.
The sixth of seven episodes — the Comedy Showrunner Roundtable — premiered Sunday, July 31, at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV and on 126 on Dish nationwide and at 10 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).
The filmed roundtable panels will feature Emmy nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about television series, including comedy and drama actors, actresses and showrunners, and reality hosts and producers. Guests will discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories from the business. The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.
The complete schedule for the season is as follows:
Sunday, June 26: Drama Actress Roundtable
Jennifer Lopez (Shades of Blue)
Kerry Washington (Scandal, Confirmation)
Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Horror Story: Hotel)
Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)
Constance Zimmer (UnREAL)
Regina King (American Crime, The Leftovers)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Sunday, July 3: Drama Actor Roundtable
Sunday, July 10: Comedy Actress Roundtable
Sunday, July 17: Comedy Actor Roundtable
Sunday, July 24: Drama Showrunner Roundtable
Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot)
Marti Noxon (UnREAL)
John Ridley (American Crime)
Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)
Nina Jacobson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
Margot Rosenberg (Jessica Jones)
Sunday, July 31: Comedy Showrunner Roundtable
Sunday, Aug. 7: Reality Roundtable
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