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PODCAST: Jonathan Ames on Learning to Write Again, ‘Normal Kids’ and Leaving Everything in New York

PODCAST: Jonathan Ames on Learning to Write Again, 'Normal Kids' and Leaving Everything in New York

Four years after “Bored to Death” drew to a close, Jonathan Ames is back in the realm of TV. With his new series “Blunt Talk” debuting this Saturday on Starz, Ames shared how his past range of storytelling environments helped to equip him for a return to the showrunner’s chair. All that, and a remembrance of the New York he once knew but has since disappeared, on this week’s episode of Indiewire Influencers.

One of the biggest changes in Ames’ career has been transitioning from working largely by himself to being at the head of a heavily staffed creative endeavor. “On ‘Blunt Talk,’ I was working 70, 80 hours a week. I went from being a columnist at the New York Press or writing my novels (dealing with one editor) to being the boss of about 200 people,” Ames explained, adding, “You have increasingly not be sensitive and precious about what you do.” 

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But that process of conceding and shaping ideas is what he thinks is most helpful to reach the finished product. “Working with the writers that I work with,” Ames explained, “I give them the Potato Head and they’re like, ‘Hey, why don’t we put a hat on it?’ I’m like, ‘Holy shit! The hat really completes the deal. Thank you for the hat.’ So, I think that’s collaboration.”

Listen to the full episode above.

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