‘Showrunners: A Documentary Film’ Trailer with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams

Damon Lindelof and Jonathan Nolan are also featured in this look at what happens in the writer’s room of our favorite TV shows.

We all have our favorite TV shows, but have you ever wondered what happens in the writers rooms and on the set? What doesn't make it onto the screen? The feature documentary Showrunners: A Documentary Film pulls back the curtain for the first time, illuminating how shows go from the page to the screen according to Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Fringe), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Hart Hanson (Bones), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and dozens more top television creatives.

Showrunners: A Documentary Film is the first ever feature length documentary to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series. The film takes audiences behind the scenes of the chaotic world of the showrunner to reveal the incredible amount of work that goes into making sure their favorite TV series airs on time as well as the challenges that showrunners must overcome to ensure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all.

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Some of the talent appearing in Showrunners: A Documentary Film include:

  • Joss Whedon - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly
  • J.J. Abrams - Lost, Alias, Fringe
  • Damon Lindelof - Lost
  • Terence Winter - Boardwalk Empire
  • Bill Prady - The Big Bang Theory
  • Kurt Sutter - Sons of Anarchy
  • Hart Hanson - Bones
  • Janet Tamaro - Rizzoli & Isles
  • Shawn Ryan- The Shield
  • Steven S. DeKnight - Spartacus
  • Mark Schwahn - One Tree Hill
  • Jane Espenson - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Caprica
  • J.H. Wyman - Fringe
  • Matthew Carnahan - House of Lies
  • David Shore - House
  • Dee Johnson - Boss
  • Dean Devlin - Leverage
  • Ronald D. Moore - Battlestar Galactica
  • James Duff - The Closer
  • Mikey Kelley - Revenge
  • Jonathan Nolan - Person of Interest

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show was released October 31st, 2014 and stars J.J. Abrams, Kurt Sutter, Joss Whedon, Terence Winter, Ray Romano, Jason O'Mara, Anthony LaPaglia, Jonathan Nolan. The film is directed by Des Doyle.

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  1. TheStonedReviewer

    Finally some credit for the writers the most talented people on the planet IMO, I meen yeah Jim Parsons is great at being sheldon cooper but people never think about the incredible writing that goes into making a character like that. just an example.

    2 years agoby @stonedFlag

  2. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- It'll be all right. You showed up near the end of the show, wait 'til the climax.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Reading the Electro one first. Good lord, I sure missed some candy

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus did you go to the spider-man stories yet? those were really fun, lol

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx@thedude-abides@ejk1 Being treated like a slave at work and all the fun I here I missed. :/

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Josh

    Lots of great talent in that list. I'll definitely be checking this out. Great idea for a doc.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- All right. I was going to watch it, too, but I heard it should be watched after the show. I'm still contemplating the decision.

    Here's another source. Not that it really matters; just a heads up.


    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I'm gonna watch that Serenity movie this week. I'll let you know how it is.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Indeed. "The Avengers" just left me with such a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know if I'd watch any of the guy's shows.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I'm not a fan, let's put it that way. I just think it's too early to say for sure.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Ah, all right. The Walking Dead is a show that continuously grows on me. I don't like it, and then it redeems itself in terms of enjoyment. I believe it was episode 3 that reassured me, once again. The episode that introduced the best actor in the series; the villain.

    Any way, have you ever got around to watching Breaking Bad?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  12. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Seems like you're indifferent, if anything. At least, that's what I'm getting.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  13. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx No thanks. I find all my shows to be relevant to my life. No need for others at the moment.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. thedude-abides

    @ejk1@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Rofl!

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Well, I thought the Avengers was just okay. Granted, to say I was impressed with how seemlessly Whedon pulled all those characters together would be a huge understatement. That said, I thought the film itself was just your typical summer blockbuster. I'd like to see more of him as a director before I cast aspersions upon his abilities, but at this point, I'm not crazy about him. He's definitely not the director most people on this site make him out to be.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- A mediocre guilty-pleasure. Nice choice. May I suggest something more...refined?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Aww, Nicky doesn't want to play no more? Okay, that's cool. I'm gonna watch The Walking Dead anyways.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Dan

    You know you watch entirely too much TV when you've seen a majority of these shows, and quite a few in their entirety or at least current.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Toying dismissed.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  19. ejk1

    @thedude-abides I don't think he knows at the moment.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Aha! What's your stance on the guy?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  21. Dan

    F*cking awesome, goddamnit.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Lol... Go ahead and tell us how you really feel :P

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  23. Nicholaus XX

    Joss Whedon. I think I'm going to be sick.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  24. skywise

    I really love some of those shows mentioned above just about as much as I hate some of the others.

    I do love good television though and I love behind the scenes featurettes. Its combining two of my favorite things.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

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