In the Season Five Finale of A Million Little Stories, DJ continues his conversation with actor/writer/director James Roday Rodriguez, talking about the Series Finale of A Million Little Things and James' man-crush on DJ. Or maybe it's DJ's man-crush on James. Somewhere there's a man-crush. Listen Here.
In his first episode, DJ shares one longer story. The pitch to A Million Little Things, word-for-word, exactly what he pitched, August 9, 2017, the day he sold the series to ABC.
DJ talks to actor Romany Malco about how he came to play Rome, what it's like portraying a character suffering from depression, and about race in our society.
DJ speaks with Casting Director Cathy Sandrich Gelfond about what it was like casting the main actors for the series.
In this episode, DJ takes an in-depth look with the show's composer Gabriel Mann at how the music and score are chosen for A Million Little Things. The first season, Colin Hay performed a special cover of his for the finale. Unbeknownst to Gabe, DJ gets Colin to show up, surprise Gabe, and perform his beautiful song.
James Griffiths has made eleven pilots. Ten of them have gotten on the air. DJ spends an hour talking with his friend, Executive Producer/Director James Griffiths about taking the script to A Million Little Things and putting it on the screen.
A Million Little Things deals with some pretty heavy topics, including: depression, suicide, breast cancer, PTSD, domestic violence, and chemical dependency. DJ spends the hour talking to Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, the show’s consultant, about the work that goes into depicting these issues both authentically and responsibly.
In honor of Father’s Day, DJ connects with J.K. Simmons to talk to him about playing DJ’s dad Mel in Growing Up Fisher. The two talk about the show, what goes into crafting a role, and the unexpected surprises of being a father.
In Part 2 of his three-part Father's Day special, DJ talks with one of TV's most beloved stars David Schwimmer about directing the pilot to Growing Up Fisher, fatherhood, and how Schwimmer made it okay for DJ to look this way.
In Part 3 of his three-part Father's Day special, DJ talks with the most amazing man he's ever met in his life, his father, about his own experiences as a dad and what it was like having J.K. Simmons portray him on Growing Up Fisher.
At the heart of it, A Million Little Things is a show about friendship. DJ spends the finale of Season 1 of the podcast with one of his best friends, comedian Royale Watkins, talking about friendship, marriage, and a million little things.
With Season 3 of A Million Little Things back on the air, showrunner DJ Nash spends 40 minutes talking with Michelle Leibel, who co-wrote the premiere with him, about some of the behind the scenes fun and drama that went into writing the script and bringing it to television.
In this behind the scenes look at Episode 302 of A Million Little Things Michelle Leibel returns to talk with DJ about being the child of someone who's physically challenged, whether or not you can stay in touch with exes, and some of the many, many, many practical jokes that are played on set and in the writers' room of A Million Little Things.
Michelle Leibel is back joining DJ as they talk about where some of the funny moments in this week's episode came from and how important it was to the writers to tell Rome's story.
In this Christmas Eve episode, DJ and Michelle joke about spending the holidays with family, those animated holiday specials and other happy memories of two Jewish kids growing up with Christmas. But most importantly, they answer questions from the Millionaires about life and making A Million Little Things.
In anticipation of the mid-season premiere of A Million Little Things, DJ gathered the writers to talk about what it's like to work on the show and to take a story from idea to your living room.
DJ and his old pal Michelle get together to discuss this week's episode of A Million Little Things, whether or not the moon landing really happened, and a few other things.
In this week’s episode, DJ takes an inside look at the episode of A Million Little Things called Miles Apart, talking with Actor Allison Miller, Director Tessa Blake, Editor Lauren Connelly and Writer Michelle Leibel about how the character Maggie came to be and how the writing, direction, editing and acting approached the subject of Maggie’s abortion.
DJ and Michelle take an inside look at Episode 307, discussing Dakota taking the fall for Eddie, Maggie’s podcast, OCD tendencies, and how much disinfecting of an airplane seat is too much.
In a special episode of the podcast, DJ sits down with Grace Park, Terry Chen, Claudia Vaughan, and Dr. Russell Jeung, founder of StopAAPIHate.org. They spend the hour talking about the increase in violence and hate speech toward the AAPI community and the portrayal of AAPI characters in Hollywood. Be sure to check out a very moving and unfortunately timely discussion.
In this episode, DJ and Michelle talk about the effects of social media, addressing important current issues in the show, and signs that are bigger than ourselves.
In this episode, DJ talks with writer Elizabeth Laime, director Tessa Blake, and actors Lizzy Greene and Andrew Leeds about how they took the difficult topic of grooming and brought it to network television. An episode that's filled with laughs, tears, and Lizzy making fun of DJ.
DJ and Michelle are back (this time vaccinated and in person) to talk about breaking the season over Zoom, all their favorite jokes that didn't make it to script, and the wonder of cat actors.
In this week's episode, DJ talks with actor James Roday Rodriguez about how he came to play Gary, pitches that have helped shape the character, and what it's like seeing DJ cry.
In this week's episode, DJ and Michelle discuss Episode 313 "Listen" and Episode 314 "United Front," talking about capturing different characters' viewpoints of the same complex topic and Michelle's incredible haircut. (That's how you wanted me to word it, right Michelle?)
In preparation for the A Million Little Things season finale, DJ and Michelle discuss Episodes 315 ("Not Alone") and Episode 316 ("No One is to Blame"), talking about fielding criticism on social media, the responsibility of being a mentor, and the fun of writing the ups and down of Katherine's dating life.
DJ is joined by fellow writers Terrence Coli, Elizabeth Laime, and Michelle Leibel to discuss A Million Little Things' two-episode finale and their favorite on-camera and off-camera moments from Season 3.
DJ and Michelle are back for Season 4 of A Million Little Things, recapping Episodes 401-403. They discuss the Season 3 cliffhanger, some great new guest cast, and DJ's dream to play drums with Sting.
DJ & Michelle are FINALLY back! Having just finished filming the finale to Season 4 of A Million Little Things, in this two-part episode, DJ and Michelle talk about what went in to writing this week's show, "Fingers Crossed." And then Michelle takes over as host (good luck, everyone) and asks DJ about directing his first episode of television!
In Part 2 of this Episode, Michelle takes over as host and asks DJ questions about what it was like directing his first episode of television!
In this week's episode, Grace Park and Cameron Esposito join DJ to talk about fake love on screen and real life off screen. Please be sure to check out this provocative yet funny episode of A Million Little Stories.
Join DJ and his guest Allison Miller as she talks about her directorial debut on A Million Little Things and the differences between prepping as an actor and as a director. Spend an hour with Allison Miller and discover what DJ already knew - that she's even more delightful off camera than she is on camera.
In this week’s episode, DJ talks with David Giuntoli about directing his first episode of AMLT and with Alyssa Carrol about what goes into editing the series. Be sure to listen all the way to the end, where Alyssa has the greatest last word.
In the lead up to the finale, DJ sits down with Romany Malco and Ash Spencer to talk about Rome and Maddox's story. The three of them discuss bullying, feeling like an outsider and all the other crap we all dealt with in high school. Hear the story behind this story and see why this episode took three tries to end.
This season on A Million Little Things, a bunch of people got their big break. Join guests first-time Producing Director, Joanna Kerns, and first-time Writers Michelle Leibel, Claudia Vaughan and Lucile Masson, as they talk with first-time Director DJ Nash about their experiences on the show. Listen Here.
DJ and Michelle take a look back at the season finale of A Million Little Things, talking about some of the last minute changes that went into the episode and share their favorite moments from Season 4. Listen Here.
Join host DJ Nash, along with special guests Terrence Coli, Michelle Leibel and Rachel Craft as they talk about the upcoming season of A Million Little Things, including how they started working on the show, what they like about it and what to expect for our group of friends as we close out their stories. Listen Here.
In this week's episode, DJ is joined by special guest David Marshall Grant, who not only has written for A Million Little Things but also starred in last week's episode. Take a listen as they talk about how they met, funny stories from the writer's room, and how DJ convinced DMG to play this part. Listen Here.
In this episode DJ sits down with Lou Beatty Jr. who plays Walter Howard on A Million Little Things, in a conversation you simply won’t want to miss. See how much this guy really is like the guy he plays on TV. Only even more kind. Listen Here.
We're back! After a short hiatus last week, DJ is back with Michelle Leibel to talk about wrapping production on the series, their favorite things to do in Boston, as well as the real stories that inspired this week's episode of A Million Little Things. Listen Here.
In this episode, DJ sits down once again with Romany Malco to talk about directing, collaborating and being “the Black guy from 40 Year Old Virgin.” Listen Here.
DJ sits down with Romy Rosemont, Same Pancake and Liz Vassey talking about acting, Hollywood and friendship. Be sure to check out this hilarious hour with three of the funniest people DJ's ever met. Listen Here.
Be sure to check out this special hour as DJ talks with Katie Scheines, Claudia Vaughan and MDJ Clarke about how they each got their start writing on A Million Little Things. Listen Here.
DJ sits down with writer Lily Citrin and actor Bresha Webb as they break down some of the pivotal moments in last week's episode. Get an inside look at the writer's process on the show, as well as how personal stories help create authentic moments on the screen. Listen Here.
In this week’s podcast, DJ lets Andrew Leeds host as he interviews DJ about directing Episode 509 - Father’s Day, and then DJ takes the mic back and speaks with Christopher Lloyd about Taxi and his special appearance on A Million Little Things. Listen Here.
In this bonus episode DJ sits down with Michelle Leibel and MDJ Clarke, the writers of episode 509, to talk about putting together the episode, and funny stories of lessons they’ve learned being on staff. A great listen for anyone looking to break into writing for television. Listen Here.
In this week’s episode, DJ sits down with actress Christina Moses to talk about directing her first episode of television. They break down the Director’s process, talk about the incredible group of storytellers we have on our show and how you learn to take opportunities in this business. Listen Here.
In this episode DJ sits down with Stephanie Szostak to talk about all things Delilah. She finally explains where Delilah was all this time and answers all the questions you had for her. Be sure not to miss this great hour with two friends catching up! Listen Here.
DJ sits down with “America’s Mom" Joanna Kerns to talk about what made Episode 512 more like a movie than an episode of television. Hear DJ talk with his directing mentor and dear friend. Listen Here.
In this special episode, DJ sits down with writer Elizabeth Laime to talk about episode 512 of A Million Little Things. They also discuss how they first met, the advice that has stuck with them over the years, podcasting and everything in between. Listen Here.
What's amazing about the pandemic is how many people have come into your life that you have never been in the same room with. DJ sits down (over Zoom) with one of those amazing people - Anna Akana - to talk about her playing Dakota on a million little things and their mutual goal to raise awareness about mental health.
Given everything happening in the world right now and how prevalent depression and suicide are, it is essential that we speak to our kids about mental health. Ideally, you start these conversations before someone is in distress, so that you have laid the groundwork should you need it. In this episode, DJ sits down with one of his favorite people in the world, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to talk about how to talk to our kids about suicide. In addition to being our consultant on a million little things, Dr. B. is widely recognized for her work in changing the culture associated with mental health and suicide. Please, please, please don’t miss this episode.
Here are some great resources Dr. B mentions in the episode:
https://www.samhsa.gov - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
https://afsp.org - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
https://www.psychiatry.org - The American Psychological Association
https://www.apa.org - American Psychiatric Association
DJ sits down with Christine Heesun Hwang who is currently playing Éponine is Les Misérables. She talks about Miss Saigon, her current show and her journey so far in show business. Her story is amazing and now you get to hear it.
As part of suicide prevention month, DJ sits down with the Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast Executive Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to talk about this incredible organization and the Out of The Darkness Walk that DJ will be hosting in Pasadena, Satuday November 4, 2023. Don't miss hearing DJ get emotional as he tells one of his favorite stories about his dad.
Be sure to check out the rest of DJ's conversation with his good friend, comedian and author, Gary Gulman. The two reminisce about their early days doing stand-up in Boston and how they each found their comic "Who am I?" Don't miss the second half of the bromance, as they talk about the comedians that inspire them and laugh as they recount times they bombed on stage.
Actor/Writer/Director James Roday Rodriguez sits down with DJ to talk about co-writing the series finale of A Million Little Things together. Hear these two friends talk about a five year collaboration that culminated in this very special episode. And a fart joke.
In the Season Five Finale of A Million Little Stories, DJ continues his conversation with actor/writer/director James Roday Rodriguez, talking about the Series Finale of A Million Little Things and James' man-crush on DJ. Or maybe it's DJ's man-crush on James. Somewhere there's a man-crush.
After graduating from Brown University, DJ headed right to Manhattan to begin his career doing stand-up in the New York comedy scene.
In 2000, he was named Best New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, which led to a deal with CBS where he co-created and starred in the CBS pilot, “Life with David J,” along with Elliott Gould. DJ has been writing (and not acting) ever since.
In 2014, DJ created and executive produced the NBC series “Growing Up Fisher,” starring Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman. The show was based on DJ’s childhood growing up with a father who is blind and with parents who got divorced. The show featured the first visually impaired lead character in a comedy series (as well as the first guide dog). In 2015, DJ created and executive produced his second series, “Truth Be Told,” starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tone Bell, directed by Pamela Fryman.
There’s an old saying: “Friendship isn’t a big thing … it’s a million little things.” Loosely based on DJ’s real-life experiences, “A Million Little Things” was an hour-long dramedy for ABC in the tone of “The Big Chill” and “Big Little Lies,” about a group of friends who, for different reasons and in different ways, are all stuck in their lives. But when one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. It just finished its 5-Season run on ABC. In 2019, the Television Academy awarded “A Million Little Things” its 12th annual Television Academy Honors, which represents “some of the most powerful and impactful television.” And in 2022, Hollywood, Health & Society, a program from the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, awarded the series the Sentinel Award for its powerful and timely episode about abortion.
Lastly, the only thing on DJ’s bucket list is to play the drums with Sting to “Message in a Bottle.” Anyone who can help make this happen, please let DJ (and Sting) know.
On May 8, 2020, what would've been Ahmaud Arbery's 26th birthday, the cast and crew of A Million Little Things hosted a run in his honor. Speakers include cast members Romany Malco, Christina Moses, Allison Miller, James Roday, Chance Hurstfield and the show's creator, DJ Nash. The run was posted on Zoom and fans of the show were invited to join. So many did, from so many countries and even more states. It was a little bit of beauty to come out of a horrific event. Love must win.
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On Saturday, October 17, 2020, DJ's dad Mel left us. While he is gone, he truly will never Morebe forgotten. His impact on the world, on his friends and family, on everyone he loved, was phenomenal. In 1981, Mel got his first guide dog, Brandy. And she changed his life. With Brandy at his side, he graduated law school, started a law practice that spanned over 30 years, and met the love of his life. With the three dogs he had that followed, Rindy, Jenner, and Gilbert, he continued to inspire every person he ever met.
Mel and DJ's story was the basis of the NBC series, "Growing Up Fisher" starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman.
To honor Mel, we have asked that donations be made to The Seeing Eye so that other visually impaired people and their families can benefit from the independence a guide dog offers. You can find his page here.
You may also mail your gift directly to The Seeing Eye at PO Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963 (please put “In Memory of Mel Nash” on the memo line). Thank you so much for supporting a cause he held so close to his heart.
The Seeing Eye's mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye dogs.
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