Session #174 - Abbott Elementary & Harley Quinn Showrunners Schumacker and Halpern

Session #174 – Interview with Abbott Elementary & Harley Quinn Showrunners Schumacker and Halpern

NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the WGA going on strike.

From their unusual start from a Twitter feed that became “S**t my dad says,” show runners Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern are celebrating the success of their shows “Abbott Elementary” and “Harley Quinn.” We discuss their unique start, juggling show running duties on two shows and what the future holds.



Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker are Emmy-nominated creators, showrunners and executive producers through their company Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions whose overall deal is at Warner Bros. Television. Series include HBO Max’s animated hit HARLEY QUINN for WBTV and DC Entertainment which is now in its 4th season and its spin-off NOONAN’S which was recently ordered to series for HBO MAX. Justin and Patrick’s newest series, ABBOTT ELEMENTARY with Quinta Brunson, is a hit series that garnered multiple Emmy wins and nominations including a nomination for best comedy series where they serve as executive producers and showrunners.

Previously, Halpern and Schumacker were the showrunners and Executive Producers of NBC’s POWERLESS for WBTV and DC Entertainment. Prior to that, Halpern and Schumacker co-created Fox’s SURVIVING JACK as well as CBS’s S#*! MY DAD SAYS. S#*! MY DAD SAYS was adapted for television based on Halpern’s New York Times bestselling book, Shit My Dad Says. Justin and Patrick have also been involved with such popular series as iZOMBIE, COUGAR TOWN, and HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN. 

Justin & Patrick recently finished writing the feature BIRTHRIGHT based on the graphic novel by Joshua Williamson for Universal Pictures with Ruben Fleischer and Skybound producing. 

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