ATX Festivals TV & Film

ATX TV Fest 2016: Escapism: A look at comedy and characters that give you a break

Television in general allows people to escape their realities but how do comedies do it and yet still relate to their audiences? Moderator Dan Fienberg discuss how comedies and their characters give viewers an “escape” and how the panelists achieve that goal. Panelists included Jennie Snyder Urman (writer/producer of “Jane the Virgin”), Kevin Biegel (writer/producer for “Enlisted” and “Cougar Town”), Justin Adler (writer/producer of “Life in Pieces” and “Samantha Who?”), and Dana Tuinier (VP of Original Programming at TVLand).

Recap and photos by ChinLin Pan

Describe the idea of “escapism”

What is it about television that allows people to “escape” their realities?

What are the challenges in writing comedies to allow people to escape yet still let them relate to the characters?

Which issues would you NOT touch on for your shows?

Which shows do you watch to escape?

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