Aziz Ansari

How Aziz Ansari, David Mandel and other showrunners come up with those riveting scenes (Hint: Ice cream may be involved)

How Aziz Ansari, David Mandel and other showrunners come up with those riveting scenes (Hint: Ice cream may be involved)

They’ve given us a female president, shown us the ramifications of a brutal theocracy, let us tag along as a good guy turns into a bent lawyer, laid out the travails of dating in the 21st century and demonstrated that a classic ’70s sitcom could find new life.

The Envelope gathered some of the most distinctive and fresh voices in television — David Mandel (“Veep”), Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid's Tale”), Peter Gould (“Better Call Saul”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) and Gloria Calderon Kellett ("One Day at a Time”) — to talk about their craft. The conversation touched on their writing processes, the way storytelling has evolved in a streaming world and feeling like an...

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