As Liz and Sarah continue to work on the novel they plan to write, they realize that for once they’re in total control of their fate. That’s exciting — but also scary. There’s no one to blame but themselves if they don’t finish it! In The Craft (& Fain) they talk about how sometimes you should “do a little before you do a lot.” Then Sarah gives Connie a Hit for doing Violet’s hair and make up for her first school dance. And Liz gives herself a Bomb for still not understanding football. (Yay Chiefs!) This week’s Hollywood Hack will make going to a potluck less stressful: be like Sarah and have a party go to. For her? It’s Pavlova. Finally, Liz recommends watching Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence, a three part docuseries on Hulu.
Episode 300: Celebrating 300 Episodes!
Liz and Sarah celebrate the 300th episode of Happier In Hollywood! What are some of listeners’ favorite moments of the podcast? Volunteers not recruits. Get to steppin’. Identify your personal canary in a coal mine. And so much more! For Liz and Sarah, the best part of the podcast is… you! They’re so grateful for the incredible HIH community.
Episode 299: The Excellence Of An Espresso Martini
Liz and Sarah share an email from a listener that outlines the differences between writing a mystery and a thriller. One key takeaway? Curiosity fuels a mystery. Anxiety drives a thriller. Then they go Behind The Scenes of Episodes 203 and 204 of Fantasy Island. How does the crew deal with wind? Do Fantasy Island writers get ideas from their therapy sessions? How did they come up with the surreal jungle game show? Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your next getaway: pick a “vacation drink.” Liz and Sarah’s drink on their recent cruise? The Espresso Martini.
Episode 298: Liz & Sarah’s 20th Anniversary Trip (Finally)
Liz and Sarah are finally celebrating their 20th anniversary of being a writing team with a Caribbean cruise on the Regal Princess. Yes, they’re working onboard but they’re having plenty of fun too — including snorkeling over a shipwreck in Grand Cayman. As they look back over twenty years, they reveal the top three things they’ve learned. Most important? The war of attrition never ends, so keep the faith. They also talk about some career highs (collaborating with Marcia Clark) and lows (getting fired from the first show they created, Women’s Murder Club). And this week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your tropical vacation: get a prescription snorkel mask.
Episode 296: Back To Work & Behind The Scenes
Liz and Sarah discuss what makes them feel like they’re back to work after a long break. For Liz, it’s getting on her treadmill desk. For Sarah, it’s setting an alarm. Then they go Behind The Scenes of Episode 201 of Fantasy Island. The rain on screen was fake, the real rain was a real problem. This week’s Hollywood Hack is helping Liz listen to more books: the Libby app! It takes less than a minute to set up, and it’s so worth it. Finally, Sarah recommends Wednesday on Netflix for the whole family.
Episode 295: What Barbara Walters Meant To Us & New Year’s Resolutions
Liz and Sarah pay tribute to the legendary Barbara Walters, whose career was an inspiration to both of them. Then they reveal their 2023 New Year’s resolutions. Liz is going to weigh herself every day. Sarah is making a 23 for 23 list focused entirely on herself. In Take Two, they revisit the idea of a clothing swap party. And finally this week’s Hollywood Hack will help if you have any final holiday presents to get: give a theme gift.