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From Intern to TV Writer ft. Bob Dearden (iZombie) (PT87)

Alex and Nick invite Bob Dearden, writer on the CW’s iZombie, to discuss how he worked his way up from assisting Rob Thomas on the Veronica Mars movie to being staffed on a television show.

What is the journey of becoming a television writer? How do you work in US TV as a Canadian? What is it like working with Rob Thomas and cowriting for Play it Again Dick? How was the transition to iZombie from writers’ assistant to staff writer? How does the writers’ room break episodes and arcs?

The Paper Team picks a brain…



MFA programs, moving to the US, living in Austin, getting involved with Rob Thomas, experiences on Veronica Mars, experiences on Play it Again Dick, joining iZombie, being staffed, writing for iZombie, fandom (00:27)
Resources and Next Week On (57:07)


Bob Dearden on Twitter
iZombie on The CW
Rob Thomas
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars Movie
Play it Again, Dick
Party Down
Jason Dohring
Ryan Hansen
CW Seed
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television
Search Party


“Adventures in the Screen Trade” – William Goldman
“Which Lie Did I Tell?” – William Goldman

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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