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Sh*t My Dad Says Creator Talks Failed Sitcoms and Anxious Writers’ Rooms

Peep this essay from Justin Halpern, the creator of Shit My Dad Says (canceled) and writer on How to Be a Gentleman (canceled), for the perspective of someone who’s made it from Twitter into the glitzy, glory-filled world of TV writing but hasn’t hit on a show with staying power. It paints a good picture of the writers’ room on a show everyone knows is going to be cancelled:

“Where does it go in the second act?” one of the senior writers asked, as we were trying to outline the next episode.

“What if in the second act, he turns to the girl he’s with and he’s like, ‘We’re canceled, who gives a fuck?’” pitched a writer sitting next to me.

In the next paragraph (spoiler alert) the show gets canceled. Hollywood, man.


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