John welcomes Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (Up Here, The Carmichael Show) to discuss the state of modern TV writing and answer crafty questions from our overflowing mailbag.
How do you structure a limited series? How do you take inspiration from an idea without ripping it off? And how do you know if your story really needs that sex scene?
In our bonus segment for premium members, we explore the tricky situation of having a co-worker who is nice but incompetent.
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UPDATE 5-30-23: The transcript for this episode can be found here.