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“[Rough Draft] goes deep with top Hollywood writers, such as Norman Lear and Transparent’s Jill Soloway, in a nightclub-like setting complete with backing musical guests and cocktails. Aslan and his guests settle in like it’s one of his old house parties.”
Fast Company Magazine


“[Rough Draft] combine[s] a loose, casual vibe with in-depth interviews.”
Entertainment Weekly


“[Rough Draft] features the author and religious scholar hosting writers of every stripe — film, television, music or literature, as well as an accompanying musical guest, an audience in the round, and a dash of alcohol, in the hopes of loosening tongues.”
Los Angeles Times


  • Jill Soloway

  • Musical Guest: Local Natives
  • Norman Lear

  • Musical Guest: Ingrid Michaelson
  • Mike White

  • Musical Guest: Bird and the Bee


  • Gideon Raff

  • Musical Guest: Alison Sudol
  • Tim Kring

  • Musical Guest: Alison Sudol
  • Damon Lindelof

  • Musical Guests: Antonio Sanchez, Daniel Lanois




Rough Draft with Reza Aslan is a timely and fast-paced talk show about writers and writing. Today’s biggest scribes (screen, television, books and press) sit with Reza for a lively discussion that’s intimate, provocative and always entertaining. Intercut throughout the show are clips of unscripted and exclusive green room footage featuring Reza, the main guest and the evening’s musical guest, all sharing tales over drinks prior to the show.


Reza Aslan is a best-selling author (Zealot, No god But God), public intellectual, professor, and producer of such TV shows as The Leftovers (HBO), Of Kings and Prophets (ABC) and Believer (CNN)—his unscripted hosted series about religions of the world. Reza has also been a frequent guest on such shows as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

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