Wednesday, March 16, 2022

EP266: Do you believe in Hollywood miracles? YES!

Dan Erickson was working for Postmates and writing a spec pilot.  That spec became SEVERANCE on Apple + with Dan as the showrunner.  How did this Hollywood Dream come true?  Dan Erickson shares his inspirational story on this week’s episode.

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blinky said...

On this day in 1972 the first episode of M*A*S*H aired! Thoughts?

blinky said...

It’s also the 50th anniversary of this:

Breadbaker said...

His story about the casting of "an Adam Scott type" and then getting Adam Scott is reminiscent of how they cast "the Book" in the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series. Douglas Adams said he was thinking of someone with "a Peter Jonesy voice". They were rejected by some other actors, and then someone decided to ask Jones himself.

Mike Barer said...

Good rags to riches story.

Wendy M. Grossman said...

The pilot of SEVERANCE is riveting. Congratulations to Dan Erickson.


Rich Shealer said...

My wife and I started to watch Severance a week or two after it started. She didn't get more than half way through it and vetoed it. Too much lie being in Hell for her tastes.

Fast forward to two weeks ago when I listened to Ken's audio blog with Dan Erickson. I didn't remember the name of the show and found it interesting. I went to Apple+ and realized that it was the show she vetoed.

I explained the premise to my wife and she gave it chance through the whole episode.

She changed her mind and it's now one of her favorite shows of the year!

I was amazed at how many sci-fi stories this pulled from and still had its own story.


I just finished the season one finale, and I must say there was enough information learned that I don't feel cheated. The reveal at the end of episode 8 was a jaw dropper.