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Game Show Writing: Four Little Ponies Of The Apocalypse

TV trivia writers Trip Payne and David Dickerson take us through the hectic, hyper-detail-oriented world behind the scenes of your favorite game shows.

Being a successful quiz show writer demands both an encyclopedic brain and a Howard Hughes-level focus on the fine details. You’ve got an audience to please, contestants to challenge, and most importantly, hefty legal penalties to avoid (thanks, 1950s game show scandals!). Our guests this week tell us how they work within those difficult confines, coming up with questions that are novel, fair, and just difficult enough to keep the target audience on its toes. Find out what it means for a question to be "pinned," how contestants are vetted and coached, and what My Little Pony and the Book of Revelations have in common.

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