Inside the Primetime Writers’ Room with Writer/Producer Aaron Ginsburg
Los Angeles, CA (November 8, 2023) – It’s a seat in the writers’ room for the most intimate and intriguing anecdotes when writer and producer Aaron Ginsburg (“New Amsterdam,” “The 100”) takes center stage on this week’s episode of Hollywood at Home with The Creative Coalition. In an exclusive interview, Ginsburg delves into the captivating world of television production, sharing intriguing insights and behind-the-scenes stories.
One of the highlights of the interview is Ginsburg’s discussion on the unique experience of filming in a real, working hospital for the critically acclaimed series, “New Amsterdam.” Ginsburg offers a fascinating glimpse into the challenges and rewards of creating authentic and compelling storylines within the confines of a bustling medical facility. Ginsburg’s firsthand accounts and a captivating look into the creative process and the dynamics that make for exceptional television.
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Highlights from Hollywood at Home featuring Aaron Ginsburg:
On “New Amsterdam” and filming in a real, working hospital: “We shot the first two seasons in real hospitals. We were mostly filming in Bellevue [Hospital] itself . . . there were real patients and real doctors walking around. There was one [time] when we tried to bring a horse into the hospital to give it therapy . . . at the time, it seemed like a good idea. [NBC was] probably right to push back on that one.”
On real-life influences in “New Amsterdam”: “One of our regulars has been struggling with obesity his whole life, and he wanted to take that and make it into a larger story . . . we ended up doing it. For the next couple of years, it was part of his character’s journey.”
On writing “The 100”: “How far would you go to keep the people you love alive? We just kept that idea growing.”
On the loose-rules filming “The Good Guys” in Dallas with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks: “Dallas was so happy to have anyone filming anything in Texas, that we could do anything. So we would be like, ‘Hey, can we shut down the freeway at rush hour?’ and they were like, ‘Sure’ . . . we blew up an Airstream trailer in the middle of downtown Dallas.”
On working for the MTV reality show, “Date My Mom”: The jock essentially [asked] every mom, ‘So does your daughter do yoga? Or . . .’ All they wanted to know is if the daughter was hot.”
On one “New Amsterdam” and Ryan Eggold’s ability to act and direct: “Ryan Eggold directed a number of episodes for us, and he is very good at it. His biggest challenge is that he’s in a lot of the scenes, so he’s wearing two hats, in a really literal way, where he’s setting up a frame and then having to run and be in the frame.”
On the fast-paced nature of “The 100”: “They just kept allowing us to push the boundaries of what this sci-fi question could be.”
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Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “Hollywood at Home” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Previous guests include Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Colman Domingo (“Euphoria”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Grace Caroline Currey (Shazam!), and Alfre Woodard (Clemency, “Luke Cage”), among others.
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Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization of the arts and entertainment community. The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns, including #RightToBearArts, to promote the efficacy of the arts. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.