Episode notes

Our pilot this time is Small Town Love by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife, Booksmart). Small Town Love is about a sparring mother and daughter in rural Michigan who are forced to lean on each other when they become pregnant at the same time. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Sarah and Emily to hear about how the first script they wrote together, Booksmart, took eleven years to reach the screen; what Emily learned from working with David Mamet; why they made the transition from film to TV; and how you can tell when an idea will actually make a good TV show. Enjoy!

We’re having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It’ll be at the WGAW HQ 2nd floor event space on 3rd street and Fairfax!! Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!!

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In this episode...


  • Busy Phillips as Annette
  • Shannon Woodward as Fanny
  • Asif Ali as Curtis
  • Rob Huebel as John
  • Paul Adelstein as George
  • Parvesh Cheena as Mr. Karr
  • Nicole Sullivan as Reality Woman/Ruthie
  • Liz Jenkins as Beth
  • Ali Ghandour as Pimply Teen Manager
  • Greg Santos as Rude Customer
  • Syd Steinberg as Waiter/Bartender/Store Manager

About the show

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

Email them at info@deadpilotssociety.com and follow @deadpilotspod on Twitter and Instagram.

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