Presented by Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly, “The Writers’ Room” is set to premiere on Monday, July 29 and will be hosted by Academy Award ©-winning screenwriter (“The Descendants”), comedian and actor Jim Rash (“Community”). The six episode half-hour series will spotlight an array of scripted television shows ““ from today’s pioneering cable dramas, including “Breaking Bad”, “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones” and “American Horror Story” to the most critically acclaimed and popular network sitcoms, including “Parks and Recreation” and “New Girl.” The roundtable talk show will delve deep into the world of TV’s creative masterminds, divulging inside details about their smartest choices, toughest decisions and biggest mistakes. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel President and General Manager.
“Television today inspires communities of passionate and vocal fans who crave a never-ending amount of new information about their favorite shows,” said Barnett. “Entertainment Weekly speaks to fans of television like no other brand which makes them the perfect partner for this series. We also found the perfect host in the multi-talented Jim Rash. He brings the perspective of someone who is hugely talented both behind and in front of the camera, and he intimately understands the unique highs and lows of a being a writer.”
“As a writer and fan, I’m honored to have such a spectacular opportunity to sit down with colleagues whose work I respect and admire and talk about shows that have had such tremendous impact in pop culture. It’s a delight to be able to share with our audience what makes their creative teams tick and share a behind-the-scenes look at how their genius programs come to life,” said Rash. “Having Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly behind the production, is the icing on the cake.”
“As longtime followers and admirers of Jim Rash’s work, we’re elated to have his brilliance be a part of ‘The Writers’ Room’. TV continues to become more and more riveting, as proven by the fantastic line-up of series featured in the premiere season and Rash, who’s a writer himself, is in a unique position to explore the creative process behind these shows,” said Jess Cagle, the editor of Entertainment Weekly.
Panelists include (in alphabetical order):
American Horror Story