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HEAT: S1 EP6: Spotlight on TV Writers, Curated Watchlist and Snacks

Hot Redhead Media is delighted to launch our sixth episode of our new podcast HEAT: Spotlight on Women, By Women, In Hollywood. With this episode, we focus on talented Women TV Writers.

Check out the curated watchlist below by this episode's featured cohosts, Jennifer Mondfrans, Heather Fowler, Cari Sudmeier, Sasha Wulf, and Kiki Watkins. 


Listen to the full episode to learn more.

 

Heather Fowler's Pick:

Suzanne Heathcote - “Killing Eve” Season 3, episode “Are You from Pinner?”

Suzanne Heathcote led the writing for “Killing Eve” Season 3, and her episode “Are You from Pinner?” stands out for its deep dive into Villanelle’s background. The British spy-thriller, based on Luke Jennings’ novels, follows British intelligence agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) as they develop a mutual obsession. Each season is helmed by a different female writer, adding unique layers to the show’s exploration of the characters’ complex relationships. In this episode, Villanelle discovers her estranged family is alive, leading to an intense confrontation with her narcissistic mother. Heathcote masterfully weaves dark humor, emotional depth, and socio-psychological insights, making this episode a fascinating study of nature versus nurture and Villanelle’s quest for agency. 



Kiki Watkins's Pick:

Stephanie Savage - “Gossip Girl”, Season 2, Episode 23, “The Wrath of Con”

Stephanie Savage, the Canadian screenwriter and producer behind “Gossip Girl,” has crafted numerous beloved shows and films based on books and real-life events. Savage’s projects often delve into teen angst and drama. This episode of “Gossip Girl,” “The Wrath of Con,” particularly resonates as it explores Serena Van Der Woodsen’s manipulated world, with Blake Lively’s portrayal offering a poignant look at the influence of others on personal choices. The episode’s title cleverly nods to both contemporary scams and the iconic “Star Trek” film about revenge. For anyone who enjoys angsty drama, “Gossip Girl” is a must-watch. 


Sasha Wulf's Pick:

Leah Fong - “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” Episode 8: "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes"

Leah Fong, an accomplished writer and producer, made a significant impact on “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” a series celebrated for its masterful blend of horror and emotional depth. Fong, known for her work on shows like “Once Upon a Time” and “The Magicians,” brought her narrative expertise to the episode “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes”. This episode, rich with Gothic elements and tragic romance, explores the dark and haunting story of sibling rivalry and betrayal, set against the backdrop of Bly Manor’s eerie atmosphere. Fong’s writing in this episode skillfully interweaves themes of love, jealousy, and the supernatural, creating a poignant and chilling tale that resonates deeply with the audience. 



Jennifer Mondfrans's Pick: 

Cindy Begel - “Oh Madeline,” Episode “Chances Are”

TV writer Cindy Begel, known for her work with legends like Garry Marshall and Norman Lear. Her impressive resume includes hits like “Mork & Mindy,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Head of the Class.”  In Begel’s TV hit show “Oh Madeline,” starring Madeline Kahn, the episode titled “Chances Are” is highlighted. The show, similar to “I Love Lucy,” follows housewife Madeline’s comedic escapades. In this episode, Madeline tries to secure Johnny Mathis for her high school reunion, leading to hilarious hijinks when impersonators show up instead. Madeline Kahn’s physical comedy shines, especially in scenes with the real Johnny Mathis, showcasing her comedic and singing talents. This episode is a must-watch and can be found on YouTube.


Cari Sudmeier's Pick:

Sheri Holman -  “Palme Royale” Episode 2, “Maxine Saves a Cat”

Sheri Holman transitioned from novelist to screenwriter with notable success. Holman is now a writer and executive producer for the 2024 Apple TV series “Palm Royale,” starring Kristen Wiig. The series, set in 1969, follows Maxine Dellacorte-Simmons’ quest to join Palm Beach high society. Holman wrote episode 2, “Maxine Saves a Cat,” skillfully advancing the story by showcasing Maxine’s determination and the intricate social dynamics of the era. This episode highlights Maxine’s desperate measures to secure her status, leading to a compelling and cliffhanging conclusion.



 

Hot Snack for the Viewing Session:

Are you hungry? This episode, we feature a movie-watching hot snack offered by Jennifer Mondfrans.


Buttered Dijon, Ham, and Cheese Sliders


Ingredients

1 (12-ounce) package Hawaiian sweet rolls

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ pound thinly sliced cooked deli ham  

½ pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 teaspoons minced dried onion

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

¼ teaspoon kosher salt


Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving it overhanging on two sides.


2. Slice the whole sheet of rolls in half horizontally without breaking apart the individual rolls. Place the bottom half in the prepared pan, cut-side up. Spread 2 tablespoons of mustard on top. Add half of the ham, layering it evenly over the bread, followed by all of the cheese. Then add the remaining ham and finally the top half of the rolls.


3. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, the remaining 1 teaspoon of mustard, dried onion, Worcestershire, honey, poppy seeds, and salt. Brush the mixture all over the tops and sides of the bread.


4. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake, uncovered, until the tops of the rolls are toasted, about 5 minutes. Using the overhang of the parchment paper, carefully lift and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into individual sandwiches with a large, serrated knife and serve hot.



 

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