Emmy Round Table: Show runners: Watch video of a chat on TV viewing, challenges and more

Show runners on “Togetherness,” “Transparent,” and others, talk new platforms, rumors of “spirit-crushing” TV, and possible acts of stupidity.

The Envelope called upon some of television’s most distinguished show runners to take some time out from their hectic schedules to talk about the industry’s shifting landscape.

Joining this year’s Emmy Roundtable were Robert King (co-creator with his wife, Michelle, of CBS’ “The Good Wife”), Mark Duplass (co-creator with his brother, Jay, of HBO’s “Togetherness”), Jill Soloway (Amazon’s “Transparent”), John Ridley (ABC’s “American Crime”) and Peter Gould (co-creator with Vince Gilligan of AMC’s “Better Call Saul”).

The group noted that the increasing variety of viewing platforms allows creators to focus on the storytelling aspect of television rather than a show’s ratings, and how the expansion of programming sources grants them more room for exploration and creativity.

Ridley noted that the added outlets don’t necessarily mean a more competitive landscape but often increased support and creativity. “I don’t want to say the competition has changed because when all of these spaces are making everybody elevate their game, it’s not really competition, it’s very supportive.”


Take a look at the video above for excerpts of their hourlong conversation, and check back soon for other clips.

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