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Episode 161: Nerdist Writers Panel
Sam Shaw

Nerdist Writers Panel #161: MANHATTAN Creator Sam Shaw

Sam Shaw, the creator of WGN’s terrific series Manhattan, talks about his inspiration for the show, relationships with writers, balancing his characters’ stories with historical fact, what he learned from working on Masters of Sex, and lots more.

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Some live Nerdist Writers Panels coming up!

October 8, 6 pm at Rockbar NYC with comics writers Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine) and Gerry Duggan (Deadpool). We’ll be giving away some variants of Charles’s and Gerry’s Marvel titles!

October 9, 7 pm at the Housing Works Bookstore in Soho with Danny Strong (writer of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay adaptations), comics writer Ales Kot (Secret Avengers), and surprise guests:

October 10, 6 pm at Rockbar NYC with comics megastar Brian Michael Bendis (Powers; Ultimate Spider-Man; All-New X-Men; Words For Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics). Bendis has invited his artist pals David Mack, Michael Avon Oeming, and Alex Maleev to join us and live-sketch the panel. The sketches will then be auctioned off to benefit 826NYC!


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  1. Todd Mason says:

    MASTERS OF SEX and MANHATTAN: giving up sex for fission (and fairly blatant nudity for more modest peeking)…but indeed comparable historical scientific drama involving driven people…and their affairs, of all sorts…

  2. Todd Mason says:

    WGN Radio wasn’t so much a network as one of the major co-founders of the Mutual Broadcasting Company (who brought us THE LONE RANGER and THE GREEN HORNET and HAWAII CALLS, among so much else over the decades), the only one of the 1940s big four national commercial radio networks not to go on to found its own television network–though WGN-TV was an affiliate of (briefly) CBS, and both the Dumont tv network and the 1950s Paramount Television Network (PTN) during the early 1950s…and as the Tribune flagship, was in the ’90s a WB affiliate and is now a CW affiliate.  WGN was a “superstation” from the early days of cable, much in the manner of WTBS and other local stations (independent in the late ’70s) which got some national cable clearance, and when WGN-TV in Chicago started being a network affiliate again (with WB), the superstation cable feed became WGN America…which has been getting some attention this summer and fall with SALEM and MANHATTAN.