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Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety‘s television podcast. On this week’s episode Daniel Holloway, Variety’s executive editor of television, talks with the creators of Comedy Central’s “Corporate.” Later, TV critics Daniel D’Addario and Caroline Framke preview the shows they’re looking forward to in 2019, and Holloway discusses Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards with Michael Schneider, senior editor for TV Awards.
Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman created the dark workplace series “Corporate,” which is set to premiere its second season on Jan. 15. Ingebretson and Weisman also star in the show, and Bishop acts as director.
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Weisman says although shows like the British and American versions of “The Office” paint the corporate life in a goofier, more positive light, they wanted to depict it in a more honest way: bleak and unending.
“We’ve never really seen a show that felt like you wanted to die at work, which is how everyone feels,” Weisman says. “It is funny, because it is your life and you get one chance at life and then you waste it at this job you don’t really like, and that tragedy is hilarious to us.”
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So cue scenes about conference calls, sitting in a windowless office, bosses yelling about properly CC-ing them in email chains, and of course, pointless brainstorming sessions.
The meta-nature of the show is not lost on the creators, as being part of Comedy Central means interacting with corporate executives and finding themselves in the world they often satirize.
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