Episode for May 1, 2023
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I have a nice little news recap for you and then I have a great talk with legendary comedy writer Mike Royce!
From 1988 to 1999, Royce was a stand-up comedian in New York City. For several years, he was also a warmup comedian for such shows as The Maury Povich Show, Viva Variety, and Spin City. In 1997, he got his first job as a writer on MTV‘s Apartment 2F, which starred Randy and Jason Sklar. In 1999, Royce joined the writing staff of Everybody Loves Raymond, where he eventually worked his way up to the position of executive producer for the last two seasons. In 2005, Louis C.K. asked Royce to be the executive producer and show runner of a new sitcom, HBO‘s Lucky Louie.
In 2008, TNT ordered a pilot for a new series written by Royce and Ray Romano. By January 2009, TNT had ordered 10 episodes for the new series Men of a Certain Age, which premiered on Monday December 7, 2009 at 10:00.TNT picked up Men of a Certain Age for a second season as the ratings have increased with men in the age demographic of 25 to 54. On July 15, 2011, TNT cancelled the series after two seasons. In 2017, One Day at a Time premiered on Netflix starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno. A reimagining of the 1975 Norman Lear sitcom, Royce co-created the 2017 version with Gloria Calderon Kellett. He is executive producer and co-showrunner of the series, alongside Ms. Kellett. In 2011, Mike Royce and his Snowpants Productions company signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television. He produced two shows for his Fox deal, 1600 Pennand Enlisted. It later joined Sony Pictures in an overall deal and developed a failed CBS pilot.