This month’s episode is a delightful dramedy called Arab Spring written by Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) and Meena Dimian (Zahret Al Khalieg). It was set up at CBS Studios and sold to Showtime with Craig Ferguson attached to produce.
The show’s main character is the host of a wildly popular Arab talk show in Dubai. After being fired for offending the powers that be, he moves to , New York, where he drives an Uber while working towards his American comeback.
In Andrew’s interview, Ed and Meena talk about their budding bromance. How they became friends and why they started writing together. Meena talks about his experience hosting a government funded Arab talk show and the limitations it presented in terms of comedy. Ed offers interesting insight on writing partnerships and how he juggles between them. A nice discussion about the romanticism of making it in Hollywood and the importance of true organic collaboration. Enjoy it!
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- Hadi Taball as Hassan Youssef
- Kevin Pollak as Daniel Greenblatt
- Allison Tolman as Lauren
- Kathreen Khavari as Rana/Sexy Mediterranean Woman
- Radina Drandova as Sarah/Girlfriend
- Akaash Singh as Ayub/Prince Khalil
- Rebecca Mader as Jeannie
- Hal Lublin as Corporate Guy/Cute Kid/Beduin/Zookeeper/Older Man
- Liz Jenkins as Woman/Ruby
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).
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