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Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid block. Explore our archives at writerfiles.fm to find interviews with notable guests that include bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Man's War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazi ...
 
Must Have Seen TV is a podcast dedicated to the sitcoms of the 20th century, from "I Love Lucy" to "NewsRadio." Each week, host Brett White (Decider.com) and a guest travel to a different week from the 1900s to discuss one episode of a sitcom. Get ready for hot takes about cool characters! Podcast art by Dyna Moe
 
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#PodcastersForJustice The New York Times bestselling Southern crime writer, Ace Atkins, took a minute to talk with me about his superhero origins as a journalist, the complicated, dark history of the American South, and the challenge and thrill of changing POVs in the novel. "Make sure you're picking [your genre and subject] for the right reason, t…
 
#PodcastersForJustice The #1 New York Times bestselling author of paranormal fiction, Laurell K. Hamilton, took a break to talk with me about why her first fantasy novel nearly tanked her career, some of the systems that go into her world-building, and why writers need to stay off the internet and protect their writing time. "I am very much a belie…
 
HOLIDAY GAUNTLET: HALLOWEEN PART I—This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Kevin Mahadeo and Josh Wigler about the Family Matters episode "Stevil." Urkel creates a monster! Stevil is as strong as Spider-Man! This episode is a straight up nightmare Please rate and review the show in Apple Podcasts, and you can follow the podcast on Twitter an…
 
#PodcastersForJustice The lauded science journalist and author, Marta Zaraska, spoke with me about the impacts of loneliness on your health, why we need to think about aging earlier, and how smartphones ruin relationships. "Too much concentration on our smartphones is definitely damaging our health. The reason for that is that it tends to damage ou…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to John Astin and Mackenzie Astin about the Addams Family episode "Portrait of Gomez"—and also John's work on Batman, Mary, I'm Dickens He's Fenster, The Odd Couple, Step By Step, The Charmings, and so much more! Please rate and review the show in Apple Podcasts, and you can follow the podcast on Twitter …
 
#PodcastersForJustice The internationally bestselling author of The Productivity Project and Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey, took the time to chat with me about tricks for focusing on what matters most, and how writers can cultivate more calm and creativity through uncertain times. "Tolkien said, 'Not all those who wander are lost.' I would argue that th…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Crystal Beth and John Robert Wilson about the NewsRadio episode "Presence." Jimmy bets Bill! Lisa learns Poker! Matthew licks rat poison! Dave needs coffee! Boba Fett takes flight! Be sure to listen to the end of the episode for info on next week's sitcom. Please rate and review the show in Apple Podca…
 
#PodcastersForJustice The internationally bestselling author of "domestic suspense" thrillers, Shari Lapena, took a few minutes to chat with me about her circuitous path to success, how she subverts the idea of the perfect "white picket fence" family, and her unique process as a novelist. "I always just start with an idea and write chronologically …
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Frank Garcia-Hejl (Shudder's Scare Package, The Cannon Canon, The Smashing Pumpkast) about the Munsters episode "Will Success Spoil Herman Munster?" Herman gets a hit single! The Munsters squash Herman's dream! Eddie's right—tape recorders are fun! Please rate and review the show in Apple Podcasts, and…
 
#PodcastersForJustice Award-winning speculative fiction and fantasy novelist, Robert Jackson Bennett, chatted with me about turning genre conventions upside down, how he incorporates critiques on modern society into his writing, and why truth is stranger than fiction. He's the Hugo-nominated author of a handful of critically acclaimed novels includ…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Angela DeManti about the Cheers episode "The Days of Wine and Neuroses." Rebecca is not Diane! Karaoke is magic! Sam's a good dude! Lilith needs your gratitude! Please rate and review the show in Apple Podcasts, and you can follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @MustHaveSeenTV. See acast.com/p…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Jeremy Kirkland (Blamo) about the Odd Couple episode "The Odd Couples." This is perfect comedy! Oscar Madison: Menswear Icon! Felix Unger: Menswear Icon Too! More Brett Somers, please! Please rate and review the show in Apple Podcasts, and you can follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @MustHav…
 
#PodcastersForJustice Busy screenwriter and director, Mattson Tomlin, took a minute to rap with me about debuting a film during a pandemic, what it takes to break into Hollywood, and how he was brought on to co-write The Batman with Director Matt Reeves. "Every script is an opportunity to change your life. Every script is an investment in yourself.…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Jackie Cox (RuPaul's Drag Race) and Mike Kelton (Dragnificent!) about the I Dream of Jeannie episode "How to Marry an Astronaut." Jeannie II pops in and stirs the pot! Roger and Tony are couple goals, sorta? Magic follows no rules! And why did all the gays love this show when they were kids?! Be sure t…
 
#PodcastersForJustice Award-winning, neo-noir novelist and short story writer, S. A. Cosby, took time to speak with me about his pulp fiction influences, the hard work that went into his 10-year overnight success, and the cinematic timbre of his writing voice. "Writing is like telling yourself a joke for nine months ... and hoping that everybody el…
 
#PodcastersForJustice #1 NY Times bestselling author and famed criminal lawyer, Marcia Clark, dropped by to chat about the perils of celebrity, how she got her start as a TV producer, and the highs and lows of the writing process. *This is another double-episode, with a surprise (12-year-old) debut author you won't want to miss. "It's no big surpri…
 
BONUS EPISODE! This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett breaks format to talk to Ethan Kaye about the Hart to Hart episode "Sixth Sense." How is Robert Wagner so devastatingly sexy? Are psychics treated with respect in this episode? Does this scheme make any sense? Why isn't there more Max? We survived a thunderstorm for this! Be sure to listen to the…
 
#PodcastersForJustice Award-winning international journalist, author, and serial pundit, Adam Skolnick, co-hosted our pandemic edition "state of travel writing" roundtable with several like-minded travel junkies. Adam is an award-winning independent journalist and author covering adventure sports, environmental issues, travel, and human rights for …
 
#PodcastersForJustice The creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the award-winning TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, Bruce Miller, spoke with me about his storied career as a TV writer/producer, what it's like to work with author Margaret Atwood, and adapting a modern classic for the small screen. The Emmy award-winning TV writer and producer …
 
PRIDE MONTH SPECIAL! This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Mano Agapion (Drag Her! A RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast) about the Seinfeld episode "The Outing." George is fussier than usual! Kramer should be pansexual! Elaine won't take off her jacket! NYU doesn't teach ethics in journalism! Not that there's anything wrong with that! Be sure to l…
 
#PodcastersForJustice The writer, producer, and actor – best known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and recent hit Apple TV+ show Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet – Rob McElhenney took a timeout at the apocalypse to rap with me about how he runs his writer's room, his humble beginnings and admiration for the great TV comedies, and advice for aspi…
 
PRIDE MONTH BONUS SPECIAL! Brett highlights one gay writer that created one of TV's most enduring characters and also, uh, changed the field of cryogenics as we know it? The man is Dick Clair who co-created Mama's Family and wrote for The Carol Burnett Show, Soap, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Bob Newhart Show among many others—and this is his…
 
PRIDE MONTH BONUS SPECIAL! Brett highlights three gay directors that helmed three episodes that have previously been discussed on this podcast. First is Arthur Lubin (Mister Ed) who discovered one of the biggest movie stars of all time! Second is John Erman (That Girl) who made history with a TV movie! Third is Robert Moore (Rhoda) who helped inven…
 
#PodcastersForJustice The bestselling, award-winning novelist, Aris Janigian, had a candid conversation with me about the recently "mandated dystopia," his circuitous path to bestselling author, the city as muse, and what it means to be a transgressive writer. “As a cognitive social psychologist, I can tell you without any hesitation that the human…
 
PRIDE MONTH SPECIAL! This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Jim Colucci (Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai) and Frank DeCaro (Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business) about the Golden Girls episode "Sisters of the Bride." A gay-of-the-week returns! Blanche is still homophobic! Dorothy muzzles Sophia! Ro…
 
The internationally bestselling author of over 35 novels, Jeffery Deaver, took a few minutes to discuss his advice on how to write emotionally engaging fiction, the merits of plotters vs. pantsers, and a 5-step process for writing your novel. "Rejection is just a speed bump ... it's not a brick wall. Keep at it." – Jeffery Deaver Jeffery is a forme…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Dan Chamberlain and Nat Towsen about the The Wonder Years episode "Pottery Will Get You Nowhere." The kids are more than alright when it comes to acting! Is Jack Arnold a hunk? Ben Stein is problematic! We were not emotionally prepared for this episode! Be sure to listen to the end of the episode for i…
 
New York Times bestselling author and productivity expert, John Zeratsky, made time to chat with me about his mission to help you improve your focus, find greater meaning in your work, and get more out of each day. “All of the old structures and routines are gone.... When we have a schedule for ourselves ... that becomes scaffolding we can stand on…
 
This week on Must Have Seen TV, Brett talks to Becky Chicoine and Matt Little about the Carol Burnett Show episode "Episode #4.22." They don't do sketch shows like this anymore! Bob Newhart is a great sketch actor! Harvey Korman: Masculine Ideal! Vickie Lawrence: Teen Genius! Carol Burnett Be sure to listen to the end of the episode for info on nex…
 
Award-winning New York Times, Sunday Times, and Amazon #1 bestselling author, James Swallow, spoke with me about his superhero origin story, how he found success channeling his own anger, and the most important lessons he's learned along the way. "I try to make the details as authentic as I possibly can ... because a lot of the action in my books i…
 
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