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TV Casting ft. Becca Burgess (Last Man Standing/Undateable/Cougar Town) (PT57)

Alex and Nick invite Becca Burgess, casting associate on ABC’s Last Man Standing, NBC’s Undateable, and TBS’ Cougar Town, to discuss how casting works in television.

What is the casting process for TV shows, pilots and regular episodes? What can TV writers learn from casting? How much interaction does casting have with writers and producers? What are differences between casting comedy and drama? How does casting approach writers’ character descriptions?

The Paper Team gives a read…



Becoming a casting associate, casting TV pilots and episodes, finding series regulars, interactions with writers and producers, approaching diversity, using character descriptions, casting discovery, reading process, advice for writers (00:55)
Resources and Next Week On (34:52)


Becca Burgess on Twitter
Annie (Musical)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Breakdown Services
Taft-Hartley report
13 Reasons Why

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

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