Paper Team

Alex and Nick welcome Alison Tafel, staff writer on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, to discuss writing on an adult comedy animation TV show.

What is the BoJack Horseman writers’ room like? How different is writing for animation from live-action? How do writers interact with animators? How much is planned in advance of the season? How are episodes broken in the room?

The Paper Team horses around…



Starting out in Hollywood, getting staffed on BoJack Horseman, and the writing process on the Netflix TV show (00:46)
Resources and Next Time On (48:53)


Alison Tafel on Twitter
BoJack Horseman on Netflix
Kenneth Parcell
Raising Hope
NBC’s Late Night Writers Worshop
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Project Greenlight
“Fish Out of Water” (3×04 – BoJack Horseman)
“Downer Ending” (1×11 – BoJack Horseman)
“Stop the Presses” (3×07 – BoJack Horseman)
Greg Kinnear
Margo Martindale
Jessica Biel
Charming Cheetah Comedy on YouTube
John Myers on Twitter
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
David Hill on Twitter
Rachel Bloom
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Sheet Music


“Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation” – Charna Halpern, Del Close, Kim Howard Johnson
“Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV” – Joe Toplyn

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Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

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For the first Paper Team Live event, Alex and Nick go to WonderCon 2017 to host a panel on the dialogue between TV writers and their fans.
This relationship has become a vital tool for many television shows — and one that is often very fickle. That’s why we’ve invited writers and assistants from several beloved shows to share their thoughts on the issue.

Panelists include Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Jill Weinberger (Chicago Fire), Tennessee Martin (Lucifer), Diya Mishra (The Tick), and Taylor Brogan (The Shannara Chronicles).

What does a typical conversation look like between a writers’ room and their fandom? How much attention do TV writers pay to fans? Have fans’ voices changed the course of a story or character? What is it like going from being a fan of a show to being involved directly in the creative decisions?

The Paper Team goes live in room 209…



Live Paper Team WonderCon panel (00:00:38)
Next Time On (01:01:15)


Taylor Brogan on Twitter
Diya Mishra on Twitter
Tennessee Martin on Twitter
Jill Weinberger on Twitter
Ray Utarnachitt on Twitter
The Shannara Chronicles
Into the Badlands
Gilmore Girls
Emily Gilmore
The Tick
Pokémon (anime)
South of Nowhere
Chicago Fire
Wonder Woman (TV series)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It’s Your Move
The Tick Writers’ Room on Twitter
Lucifer Writers’ Room on Twitter
Into the Badlands Writers’ Room on Twitter
The Shannara Chronicles Writers’ Room on Twitter
Derek Haas
Marc Guggenheim
Ben Edlund
Person of Interest
Terry Brooks
ATX Television Festival
Hep Alien
Amy Sherman-Palladino
Sutton Foster
Rachael Harris
“The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 1” (8×23 – Friends)
Michael Emerson
Sports Night
Holly Robinson Peete
Iron Fist (TV series)
Atom (Ryan Choi)
Atom (Ray Palmer)
Brandon Routh
The Magicians (TV series)
iZombie (TV series)
Victoria Thompson’s “Gaslight Mysteries”
Grace and Frankie
Legion (TV series)
Good Girls Revolt
Riverdale (TV series)
Lee Toland Krieger

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at! :)

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It’s been eight months since Paper Team was launched.

37 episodes later, we’ve crossed 20,000 downloads.

Yes, really.


How amazing is that?

Well, it’s all thanks to you dear listeners (and TV Calling aficionados).

So THANK YOU for all the love!

Last Sunday I was at WonderCon for our very own panel and it was a huge success. Tune in this Monday for the recording!

In the meantime, if you have questions/topics you’d like us to cover, don’t hesitate to e-mail us at [email protected].
(For more immediate input, I’m also on the Twitterverse @TVCalling)

If you use iTunes, we also always appreciate reviews, which you can leave at

And of course you can subscribe to Paper Team on all major podcast platforms…

Much like every year, I’m going this week-end to WonderCon (the 2017 edition is back in the ol’ Anaheim center — I guess it didn’t agree with Los Angeles).

This time though, WonderCon is personal. (Or professional?)

If you follow Paper Team, then you already know Nick and I will be hosting our very own panel (and first “Paper Team Live”) at WonderCon 2017.

In fact, we’re closing out the con; as in: we’re literally the last panel of the entire convention.
Ain’t that a treat.

So, what will this historic panel be about? Here’s the title and official description:

Writer Versus Fandom: TV Writers’ Rooms and Fan Interaction
The dialogue between TV writers and their fans is a vital tool for many television shows—but one that can prove fickle. From producers, to staff writers and assistants, Alex Freedman and Nick Watson (Paper Team) invite people who work on some of your favorite TV shows to share their thoughts on this unique relationship.

The panel will be held Sunday, April 2 at 4:00PM in Room 209.
Add it to your own WonderCon Sched!

If you’re attending WonderCon this week-end, feel free to drop in.
You should even come say hi if you bump into me before or after.

I’ll be chronicling my adventures like last year on @TVCalling so you can stalk me there too.

Write on.

Hi there!

Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.

I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

675 posts and 9 years later, TV Calling has also become a comprehensive resource dedicated to the full TV writing industry — from spec to success.

Everything here is written by yours truly (unless otherwise credited), so feel free to blame me for any missed deadlines.

I hope you'll answer your television calling, and join me in this creative journey.

Write on.

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