If you’re a TV fan who’s always wanted to peek behind the curtain and see what really goes down when the writers of some of today’s hottest television shows sit down to pen all new episodes, then you definitely don’t want to miss season 2 of Sundance Channel’s The Writer’s Room. EW caught up with the show’s host, actor Jim Rash (Community, The Way Way Back), to talk what fans can expect from this season.
For season 2, The Writer’s Room will get up close and personal with scribes from shows like Scandal, House of Cards, and Pretty Little Liars — and if there’s one person who’s excited to kick things off, it’s Rash.
“Any time I go into a new room, I’m always sort of curious about what it’ll be like,” says Rash. “In every situation there’s always this warm up period where they’re getting used to me and I’m getting used to them but once that trust is established, it becomes natural…I love that ping-pong effect that happens when the conversation starts flowing — that’s one thing we wanted to make sure we carried over from season 1 because it’s so important to the show.”
Despite the initial warm up period, Rash says he usually doesn’t get nervous about going into various writer’s rooms but divulged that the one show that intimidated him slightly was Netfilx’s House of Cards.
“It’s such an intelligent show and I’m very aware that a lot of their writers are playwrights and for some reason, I put them higher than myself in my head,” says Rash with a laugh. “But after I got in there, the whole experience couldn’t have been more opposite to what I had imagined it to be in my head.”
As for how they pick the shows to feature, Rash says he thinks it’s important to try and get a good mix into each season. “I think it’s interesting to cross all types of demographics,” says Rash. “We unfortunately didn’t get to do any comedies this year, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. I think it all comes down to timing and when these shows shoot and if they’ll be available.”
Season 2 of The Writer’s Room premieres April 18 at 9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel.