So You Think You Want To Work In TV?
By Sharon Houston
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Comedian and Producer Sharon Houston talks to her colleagues who work behind the scenes on your favorite (and not so favorite) talk, court, reality, and scripted shows. Some of these conversations will make you want to get into the TV business and others will make you run for the hills, just like most of us who work in TV want to do. This business is brutal!
||ExplicitDeborah Wolff barely survived working on reality shows and she wrote a book about it.||This is an old episode of Daytime Justice, the old pod, that is more relevant now with this new format. Also, reality is on a downswing. The only reality show that's water-cooler talk worthy is 90 Day Fiancee. Personally, I am in love with Magic for...||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEveryone is getting #metoo'd and one of the biggest execs is doing down.||This solo episode is about time being UP for perverts. I love it! Bye, Les! We've had enough of these idiot's b******t. So You Think You Wanna Work In TV? is an independently produced podcast. You can support the podcast by being a monthly...||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTV Producer and Casting Producer Andy Hirsch is finally on the podcast!||Andy has had an incredible career and he's still got more years ahead of him! Everyone loves Andy and he's great at what he does. He has the BEST stories, especially if you're a fan of talk shows, those dating shows that were everywhere in the early...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMini-sode from Austin, Texas!||I'm in the heart of Texas producing comedy specials at Esther's Follies on 6th street. What a joy it has been to be "home" and to have the best time with some amazing comedians who are my friends and colleagues in comedy back in L.A. So...||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOn the road in Washington D.C. anything can happen! And it does!||One of the fun things about TV Production is you get to go on the road. Sometimes it's torture, sometimes it's great. In this case, it's pretty great. Since I couldn't get anyone on the show to do the podcast (and I explain why in the episode) I went...||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThrowback to the episode w/Nyasha Smith about The Hot Dog Case on Judge Joe Brown||When you book a case on a court show about a hot dog, you're going to be producer of the week! My friend Nyasha found the strangest case and she was able to convince the litigants to have Judge Joe Brown hear their case. We talk about all the...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMini-sode!||I recorded some stuff on the road and it sounded really crappy. So I just recorded a mini-sode to give you an update on my recent travels and what's to come. I got a nasty flu/infection from some idiot who was coughing without covering his mouth....||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThrowback Episode with Producer/Writer, TJ Chambers!||TJ got to work on one of my favorite shows, Dancing With The Stars. All I've ever wanted was to get famous, have my life fall apart, and make my comeback on DWTS. Is that too much to ask? Apparently, it is. TJ's worked on other shows as well. We talk...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitActor, Comedian, Writer, and Activist Amir Talai talks money and TV||Amir Talai is a comedian, actor, writer, activist, and he chose our focus for this episode. We talk about money. We wanted to share with you the realities of how hard it is to make money in this business and how one year you can crush it financially,...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFive time Emmy Award winner and two time Peabody award winner, writer Chris Regan!||Chris Regan is one of the nicest, funniest guys you'll ever meet. He's also got a mantle full of awards! He's currently a writer on Family Guy on Fox but he's done so much more: he wrote a book with William Shatner, wrote on The Daily Show, Lopez...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMTV & People TV host Traci Stumpf!||Traci is a comedian and a TV host and she has a really cool story about how she was able to start getting hosting gigs. I've got mad respect for her hustle. We talk hosting an MTV awards show in Mexico City with Pete Wentz, hosting a hidden camera...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWriter/Producer Lisa Sundstedt talks TV & Voice Overs!||Lisa is a dear friend of mine and I'm delighted she finally did my podcast. She wrote for Chelsea Handler for a long time and went on to produce other shows for E! She also has done a ton of voice over. Our discussion gets deep when she starts to beat..||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTruTV's Brad Loekle talks Last Comic Standing, TruTV, and his origin story of Broadway.||Brad is a comic and we perform together and hang out A LOT. How the hell did I not know that he was a Broadway performer? I don't ask enough questions. But I found out here. He talks about going from NYC comedian to on-camera talent and the adjustment..||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTV writer & podcaster Asterios Kokkinos talks Manswers, Nerdist, and a frivolous lawsuit brought on by a former creative collaborator & friend.||Asterios got his start working on MadTV as a researcher and things went up from there! Then a former creative collaborator and he had a falling out. That guy then sued Asterios for 20mm dollars. It's a crazy story of how things can go bad even among...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlex Hooper roasted the judges on AGT. He talks about that choice & how he felt before, during, and after the filming.||Alex Hooper was on Season 13 (the one airing right now) of AGT. He chose to do a character and roast the judges and it was very Kaufmanesque. I thought it was genius. Alex talks about what it was like getting booed by 3000 people, having Howie Mandel,..||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpecial tribute to Anthony Bourdain||We're all in shock. Anthony Bourdain was the guy we all looked up to, admired, and wanted to be like. I chased after people who knew him or met him. Luckily, I was able to do two phoners with two people. Rico Gagliano of Dinner Party Download had him...||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCreative Director & Preditor Buzz Chatman talks MTV News and The Apprentice.||Buzz Chatman is a Creative Director and Preditor (Producer/Editor). He got his start working at MTV News when they still had news and was there when MTV broke the news that Biggie Smalls had been shot. He was also an editor on The Apprentice for 4...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBetsy Salkind, writer on the original Roseanne show.||GUYS. Really cool story on how Betsy met Roseanne and the unconventional way she got to be a writer on the original show. The cancelation of this show AND the reason for it affects her because all re-runs were pulled. Writers sometimes survive on...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAliza Rosen of The Reality of Reality podcast, Development Exec., and Exec. Producer!||Aliza Rosen started in news and is now running her own company, developing and producing scripted and unscripted content. Her podcast, The Reality of Reality, is a staple for producers and fans of unscripted TV shows. You will love hearing about her...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhile shooting B-roll, EP/Director Billy Rainey had a heart attack.||I know 3 directors who have had heart attacks while on the job. Billy is one of them. While shooting b-roll, he thought something was wrong but didn't realize the severity of it until paramedics were called. He talks with me about what he thinks...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShowrunner, comedian, and comedy writer Chuck Sklar!||Chuck is a very nice guy who doesn't need to be because he's one of the funniest people around who works non-stop. He met me at the fancy Starbucks in Los Feliz and we talked about his first writing gig, the writing gig that fell through for me,...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStefanie Wilder Taylor was deposed and testified against her old boss, who stole a show from someone.||Stefanie Wilder Taylor (For Crying Out Loud, Rose Pricks, 5 time author) is a comedian, an author, a podcaster, and TV host, and TV writer. We both worked for an EP who was horrible to the both of us. He stole a show & Stefanie testified against...||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitProducer Johanna Vanderspool talks Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl and Lifetime's My Crazy Sex!||Do you like Kittens? Do you like football? Do you like kittens who play football? Then you'll love this episode!||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComedian Greg Behrendt talks about how appearances on Oprah plugging his book led to a season as a daytime talk show host.||Greg is a brilliant stand up comic, writer, podcaster, and just a wonderful human. He and I did a show together recently and his talk show came up so I asked him to do my podcast. It's a really in-depth chat about not just his talk show, but about how..||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDivorce Court- Me and a colleague who worked on the show talk about it!||I worked on Divorce Court but NOT for Jill Blackstone, the EP who was just arrested on suspicion of murdering her sister. I couldn't get anyone who actually worked with Jill to do the pod because they didn't want to implicate her in her pending trial...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA revisit of an interview with TV Producer Adam Spiegleman!||I revisit a chat I had with Adam about dealing with litigants on court shows.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCreator of Queer Eye, David Collins and Exec. Producer of Queer Eye, Rob Eric!||It took David 2 years to sell the original Queer Eye and now, the reboot on Netflix is taking the world by storm. David Collings, Co-Owner of Scout Productions and creator of Queer Eye and Rob Eric, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer of...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBilly Rainey and Stephen Krueger, EPs of multiple hidden camera shows.||Billy and Steve met on season 1 of Punk'd. I met Billy on Season 8 and met Steve on a totally different show that Billy brought me on to. They are two of the funniest people I've ever met... and I know a lot of funny people. We talk about Punk'd,...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMatt Kirshen from The Jim Jefferies Show and Probably Science Podcast||Matt is a really funny stand up comic who has worked on a lot of shows as a writer and panelist. He's working on Jim's show on Comedy Central (I love Jim Jefferies!) so I invited him to come to the pod and talk about what it's like working on the...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMichael Gans and Richard Register, comedians turned 1 hour drama writers!||Michael and Richard performed as a duo called Gans & Register, Register & Gans. They were SO powerful on stage. They wore tuxedos and were so experimental in their approach to comedy and were always brilliantly funny. Now they're in LA and...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComedian Drew Droege gives us the 411 on Drunk History!||Drunk History is a great show. We love watching comedians drunkenly talk about history! But how do they do it? Is it just shooting one take of someone being hammered? How drunk are they? How does the director know when the comic is drunk enough to...||3/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHidden camera shows and more Joan Rivers with Talia Harari!||Talia is a stand up comic who "fell into" working in reality. She's also from Florida. We're sorry but at least we got out! She's worked on hidden camera shows and also worked on Joan & Melissa's reality show. She also has great stories about Joan...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitProducer Mickey Ramos survived bee attack on Naked & Afraid. She almost died.||#FBF for this extra episode of Daytime Justice. So you won't have to go so far back into the archives and re-editing some of my favorite episodes. You'll love this chat with Mickey and you'll learn a lot about Africanized Killer Bees. They are NO...||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRoger Lundblade, the #1 warm-up in Hollywood for live audiences!||Roger is a delight! He was a cruise director and became a warm-up comic for some of sitcoms most memorable TV shows. He's currently the warm-up on Will & Grace and was the original warm-up on the show in its first run. He also runs a bulldog...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlex Hooper, one of the comics on Roast Battle!||Alex Hooper is a great stand up comic and a beyond great roast battle comic. You definitely know him from the show. I thought it would be cool to upload a bonus episode with someone who was on the show after interviewing the guy who created it. You...||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComedian and creator of the TV show Roast Battle, Brian Moses!||Happy Monday! Brian Moses created and hosts Roast Battle on Comedy Central. He also hosts the weekly show at the Comedy Store in the Belly Room. The origin story of this show is really interesting! I think the lesson learned here is happy accidents...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrandie Posey took a live show she created and made it a TV pilot presentation!||Brandie Posey is a stand-up comic, self produced two comedy albums, has a podcast with her friend Barbara Gray and Tess Barker called Lady to Lady, and she created a show called Picture This that's performed in L.A., NY, and various comedy festivals...||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRemembering Joan Rivers with Fashion Police Warm Up Comics Nina Manni & Teddy Margas||This is probably one of the best episodes yet. First, I made a new show open! Since the show has evolved to chats about all types of reality programming I thought I could use a new show open. I love it and hope you do, too! This episode is amaze. I've..||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWriter/Producer Cece Pleasants from Bill Nye Saves The World!||Cece is a comedian/sketch comedian turned TV writer. She's worked on the reboot of The Arsenio Hall Show, got an Emmy nomination for Bill Nye Saves The World, and has amazing stories about working on Mind of Mencia and The Miss Universe Pageant. This...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHome Renovation Show & Talk Show Producer, Taha Howze!||My friend Taha got his start on the iconic talk show, Sally Jessy Raphael. He's got great stories about working on that show, working on a short-lived talk show for Richard Simmons, Donnie & Marie Osmond, and then transitioning to home renovation...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTravelscope host, director, and Emmy winning producer Joseph Rosendo!||Joseph is a multi-Emmy Award winning producer, director, and writer and he also happens to be my 3rd cousin! We had never met until the day we recorded this podcast. He is so kind, so smart, and so passionate about what he does. If you want to get to...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
An excellent listen!
This is such a great podcast! Sharon is very engaging and her stories are unbelievable. Even if you scoff at "judge shows"... Especially if you scoff at them... this is an excellent podcast. As much as it pains me to know that these litigants are, in fact, real (does this mean the "Springer" guests are also real?), the insider dirt on everything done to recruit these people and get them on is well worth your time.
Entertaining, Informative, Addictive
Smart, funny & informative - and the podcast is great too! If you enjoy learning how the sausage is made then you need to subscribe to this delightful peek behind the TV curtain. Thanks to Sharon's charm & wit every interview is so much fun you wish it could go on forever. I feel like I learn something new every week and I'm already working in TV! I can't wait for the next episode.
Whether you actually want to work in TV or not... this one is not to be missed. Sharon is a brilliant interviewer. The insights you get to hear are fascinating. And it’s just great conversation to boot.