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‘Empire’ Showrunner Ilene Chaiken on How to Handle Trump’s Presidency – IndieWire’s TURN IT ON Podcast

"I sure as hell have an agenda now," Chaiken said. Also in this episode: "The Simpsons" producers celebrate the show's longevity, and a roundup of the week's TV premieres.

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The presidential election results hit a lot of Hollywood hard, including the producers, cast and crew of Fox’s megahit “Empire.”

“I don’t have anxiety attacks, but when I saw what was happening I did,” executive producer and showrunner Ilene Chaiken told IndieWire’s TURN IT ON podcast, two days after the results came in and Donald Trump was named president-elect. “I’m going through the full range of emotions that I know many people are going through.”

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Ilene Chaiken

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Chaiken said one of the show’s writers was attacked on social media after commenting to NPR. “Most of my writing colleagues are African-American, and there was a lot of rage and fear and despair,” Chaiken said. “It necessitates our doubling down on our convictions. We were already telling those stories. [But] a lot of us feel more rage. It’s probably going to come out in some of what we write. We still want to tell great stories, we want to be entertaining. But if I had an agenda before, I sure as hell have an agenda now.”

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“The Simpsons”

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Also on this edition of IndieWire’s “Turn It On”: Excerpts from a recent panel we moderate a panel with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, executive producers Jim Brooks and Al Jean, plus director David Silverman and writer Matt Selman, to discuss the show’s recent 600th episode milestone and beyond. And IndieWire senior editor Hanh Nguyen and TV critic Ben Travers stop by to discuss the week’s premieres – including the return of Showtime’s “The Affair” and launch of Amazon’s “The Grand Tour.”

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