346 - Nell Scovell: From Old to Original: How to Take Tired Ideas and Make Them New


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Nell Scovell had a dream career working in television. She’s worked on every classic I can remember. And she even created a show, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She took tired sitcom plots and put them through what she calls a “magical blender.” And out came something original. She told me how her ambition to be a prominent female television writer gave her these amazing opportunities that us men can only dream of. And how being on the sidelines gave her the confidence to lead a team to success.

Links and Resources

Just the Funny Parts… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovell

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Also Mentioned

Murphy Brown


It’s Garry Shandling’s Show

The Muppets


Late Night with David Letterman

Sabrina the Teenage Witch, created by Nell



I Dream of Genie

Coach with Craig T. Nelson

The Simpsons


Curb Your Enthusiasm

A Thousand Clowns, the play by Herb Gardner

The Cosby Show


The Buttoned Down Mind of Bob Newhart

I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era by William Knoedelseder

Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin by Paul Feig

Gilligan’s Island

Freaks & Geeks

Arrested Development

The Office

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk: Why we have too few women leaders


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