Well folks, sometimes you write a whole blog post about the best podcasts for aspiring comedy writers, then the universe goes along and shows you how wrong you are. Since I last wrote about the five podcasts that’ll make you a funnier, better person, I’ve found out about the coolest resource in TV writing I’ve ever come across. So as penance, here’s a breakdown of the whole damn thing!
Children of Tendu
With 13 episodes and a rootin’ tooting’ Christmas special, the Children of Tendu Podcast is literally designed to give an in-depth look into the absurdly obtuse nega-zone that is TV writing. And you couldn’t have better hosts for the journey.
But who are they?
This ain’t some college student ranting about what he’s read in a book — Children of Tendu is hosted by two writer/producers with a combined forty years of experience in television. Javier Grillo-Marxuach has worked on shows such as CHARMED, LOST, MEDIUM, and MIDDLEMAN (of which he was creator). Fellow host Jose Molina has an even longer resume, having written for LAW AND ORDER: SVU, DARK ANGEL, WITHOUT A TRACE, AGENT CARTER, SLEEPY HOLLOW, FIREFLY, and more.
With such extensive resumes, it’s safe to say that these guys know their shit. Here’s what they talk about:
Now with links!
In the opening podcast, Jose and Javier lay the groundwork for the rest of the episodes, as well as talk to writers with absolutely zero experience about what they should be doing.
The duo talk about the importance of agents, as well as how to get them!
Javier and Jose demystify the crazy time of the year in which episodes are picked up and writers are hired.
So you’ve been hired as a staff writer! Congratulations! Now welcome to the bottom of the totem pole. Here’s how you make your way up.
A coming-of-age tale that explores what it’s like when you’re given your first big task as a staff writer — write a damn script!
Featuring the creators/showrunners of CW’s ‘Reaper’ and current show runners of ‘Agent Carter.’ They talk show running, challenges of being a woman in Hollywood, and more!
Breaking down the oddly-titled track that writer’s follow from staff-writer to EP, particularly talking about the division of labor and time at each step.
A solid fellow up to episode 7, this podcast goes more in depth about the type of work that a writer picks up as they become more producorial (I swear that’s a word).
An explanation of the auteur that is the showrunner, covering everything from what they do to how to avoid the mistakes that rookies make when dealing with them.
Jose, Javi, and Ben Blacker chat with two veteran writers from Star Trek: The Next Generation, covering everything from their glory days in the writer’s room to mentorship in Hollywood.
Part two HERE
Tackling the writer’s bane that is the network note, and going into detail about the relationship between writers and their studios/networks.
The gang explores what it’s like to write a pilot, and the zany journey from the written page to the produced piece.
A real-time Q and A with fans of the podcast, be they aspiring writers, producers, executives, or more!
Wherein Jose and Javi return one more time to delve deep into their psyches to talk about their writing processes .
But I Want More!
That’s all for now, but I’ve heard whispers that they’ll be starting a ‘Season 2’ of the podcast sometime in the near future. Only time will tell.
So what are you still doing here? Get listening!
What do you want out of another season of Tendu?