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More than a year ago, we saw the trailer for a documentary in the works that focuses on the well known showrunners of some of the more popular series in recent history. The film is almost complete and still seeking funding, and now it has a new trailer, which features appearances by Joss Whedon, Steven S. DeKnight and Bill Prady, among others.
Directed by Des Doyle and produced by John Wallace and Ryan Patrick McGuffey, Showrunners is a documentary that explores the challenges of writing and running a successful TV series. The previously released trailer made the rounds in Spring 2011, and featured Damon Lindelof (Lost), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), among others, as they talk about about what they do for a living. Well over a year later, we have another look at the film, which seems like a fascinating look into the inner workings of a TV show from the writers' perspectives. Check out the new trailer below.
This new trailer includes footage from last summer's Comic Con, including a glimpse behind the curtain of the Spartacus: Vengeance panel, which is where Steven S. DeKnight's brief interview comes in, as he describes the San Diego convention as like a rock concert for a showrunner. It's a fitting metaphor as I've often said SDCC feels like a rock concert for geeks. And if that's the case, a man like DeKnight - who is not only the Spartacus showrunner, but has also written for Buffy, Dollhouse, Angel and Smallville - is most definitely the rock star in the scenario. The same would apply to TV writers like Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time), Hart Hanson (Bones) and Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), all of whom are featured in the new promo. Needless to say, the line-up of beloved TV writers in this film is pretty fantastic.
Showrunners currently has a kickstarter page set up and they're looking to raise money to get the film completed. Those interested in donating can check out that site here.