It’s a small world! Liz and Sarah share an email from Kate Silver, the writer of the Spirit Magazine article “Turning Pink” that they mention in their American Beauties pitch bonus episode. Then they talk to writer Ben Acker about his new Audible Original, CUT AND RUN. The TV business is ever-changing, and more and more writers (like Ben and his writing partner Ben Blacker) are diving into the world of narrative audio. In The Mailroom, Liz and Sarah finally address a question that’s been on listeners’ minds. As the WGA dispute with the ATA continues, what are their thoughts on getting a new agent? This week’s Hollywood Hack provides an easy alternative to shredding documents: the Wide Identity Protection Roller. Finally, Liz and Sarah had a RHBH Celebrity Sighting at Fryman Canyon—Lisa Rinna (and, yes, she was dancing when they saw her.)
Liz and Sarah talk about how to “hijack the meeting,” advice that comes from their friend and fellow TV writer, Moira Kirland. Then in Take A Hike, they each reveal their personal “canary in a coal mine.” What behavior reveals they’re more stressed out than they realize? Hint: Sarah’s “canary” looks a lot like a puppy. This week’s Hollywood Hack is a company that’s Rent The Runway for tablescaping: Social Studies. Finally, Liz had a Fryman Canyon Celebrity Sighting: Real House Husband of Beverly Hills, Harry Hamlin.
Liz and Sarah reveal that ABC passed on their PLASTICS pilot. They’re super bummed but bouncing back and moving on. One thing that’s helping them cope? Hiking. In The Mailroom segment, they answer a question from an assistant who’s wondering if she should stay at her well-paying job or go for a position that pays less but offers more opportunity. This week’s “Three C’s” Hollywood Hack will help listeners never miss an appointment: clarity, calendar, confirm. Finally Liz and Sarah had a celebrity sighting of one of their all-time favorite celebrities—they had dinner with Marcia Clark!
Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s important to “re-network” with people you’ve worked with in the past. Then in Take Two, they share the questions that are guiding listeners through 2020. One favorite: “What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” In The Craft (And Fain) they discuss how to create specificity of place in scripts and why it matters. This week’s Hollywood Hack guarantees you’ll never have to arrive at a party empty-handed: keep a bottle of champagne on hand.
Many listeners have asked Sarah to tell the story of how she became an only parent to her daughter, Violet. This is the day she tells that story! Then actor/singer Amanda Noret Reed coaches Liz on how to strengthen her voice. The keys are good posture and diaphragmatic breathing. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help save money on professional blow outs: Dry Bar’s heated straightening brush, “The Brush Crush.”
Liz and Sarah are celebrating their twentieth anniversary as writing partners! They reflect on the last two decades and discuss what they should do to mark this career milestone. In Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s a good idea to become an expert in something unexpected. Sarah’s new obsession? Spinning yarn! This week’s delicious Hollywood Hack: give John Kelly Chocolates as a business gift.