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Nerdist Writers Panel #156: “So Dramatic” Panel from ATX
Episode 156: Nerdist Writers Panel
“So Dramatic” Panel from ATX
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Nerdist Writers Panel #156: “So Dramatic” Panel from ATX

With Liz Tigelaar (Nashville; Bates Motel; creator, Life Unexpected), Kyle Killen (creator, Awake and Lone Star), Mark Johnson (EP, Rectify), Bryan Seabury (VP, Drama Development at CBS), David Madden (President, Fox TV Studios). Moderated by The AV Club‘s Todd VanDerWerff.


The serialized drama has evolved drastically in the past thirty years. Leading characters have shifted from heroes to anti-heroes, and stories have moved from clear good vs. evil to murky immorality that leaves audiences unsure whom they should root for. Today’s leading drama producers and writers discuss current trends in their genre, including: the expansion to dark and depraved worlds, advantages (or challenges) that come with network or cable (or online), viewing habits of audiences, and if any of these factors have an impact on how they choose to tell their story.


  1. I really love these panels, but this one was especially captivating! I too would love to see the presentation. Also, for future panels, is there any way the audience questions could be rephrased by someone with a mic? I usually understood the question in context of the answer, but it wasn’t always immediately obvious. Got my ticket to see your POI panel later this month!

  2. Andrew says:

    I’d love to see the slides for the presentation that started the panel off. It sounded really interesting and it’d be great to be able to link to a transcript or something.