The Chris Downey Podcast






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It's "Nightrider" meets "The Odd Couple" in this new episode of The Downey Files! Chris Downey and David Richardson (Two and Half Men, The Simpson) take a spin on a darkly comedic TV pilot where Exechiel River, a super-secret government agent, needs to rely on his supersonic, sassy and bitter wheelchair (formerly Stephen Hawking's) to move past the betrayal of his wife and find the heroin traffickers behind the bombing that paralyzed him. 

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For this episode, Chris Downey joins forces once more with Mike Price (The Simpsons), to break a new half-baked movie idea -- this time, one of your suggestions. Listen in as Chris and Mike as they tackle a body-swap comedy, "Dad/Dog," where Alan, an overworked, stressed father who envies the freedom his family dog Lucky seems to enjoy, wakes up one day in his pet's body, while Lucky gets to live in his human form. 

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Hello fellow podcast listeners! After fourteen wonderful episodes, Chris Downey has decided to open up the floor to your suggestions and comments. And there's one more surprise -- check out this special video message and find out what Chris has in store for you!

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What happens when a straight-laced lawyer gets mixed up with the crazy babysitter getting shipped off to boot camp?  Find out as Chris Downey & Rock Reuben (King of Queens) break the stoner comedy 'Drive the Babysitter Home' that sends uptight dad Tim and his fellow dad-buddies on a wild chase through the streets of LA as they search for missing babysitter Rochelle, hellbent on habing her final night of freedom.

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What happens when you team up a lonely North Face sales rep and a ex-model-turned-con-artist on a rescue mission in the Amazons? Tune in for this week's episode, where Chris Downey and long-time colleague and friend Ilana Wernick, (The King of Queens, Modern Family) tackle the exotic buddy comedy "The Explorers' Club," to find out!

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In this week's The Downey files, Chris Downey reunites with writer & producer Chuck Tatham (How I Met Your Mother) to take in the quirky buddy comedy, "Face Time." Nervous Kevin & smooth-talking Will, the hottest plastic surgeons in Hollywood, have their talents put to the test when they're kidnapped by a Mexican druglord and ordered to give him the face of Scarface's Tony Montana - or die.

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It's 'Mission: Impossible' meets 'Paper Moon' in this week's The Downey Files as Chris Downey and writer & show runner Kirk J. Rudell (Men at Work, Whitney, Will & Grace) tackle the father-daughter heist feature 'The Weekend'. When troubled teenager Cassidy Blake finds out her divorced father is a world-class thief the CIA employs for government work, she blackmails him into taking her with him on his last job, finally rediscovering their relationship in the process.

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In 1984, Tom Hanks fell in love with a mermaid, and much hilarity ensued. You're now in for a treat as Chris Downey invites David Fury, writer and producer of such shows as "LOST", "24" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" to bring one of his old half-baked ideas to the table. "Mermen" is the story of what happens when three mermen, faced with the rejection of their fellow mermaids, take a (literal) shore leave in New York City... to pick up chicks!

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Have you ever wondered how did Danny Ocean become the charming mastermind we've all come to know and love? Listen to this episode of The Downey Files as Chris Downey sits down with John Rogers, fellow co-creator and executive producer of Leverage, to break down OCEAN'S 6 -- the 1970s prequel to the Ocean's 11 franchise. 

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What would happen if the epic fight of Alien Vs. Predator took place on the Titanic? Or on a Titanic-like ship? Find out as Chris Downey enlists the help of writer/Director John Weiner, winner of the Golden Chainsaw Award at the Sacramento Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, to whip this fantastic premise into shape.

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In this episode of "The Downey Files," Chris Downey joins forces with Academy Award® Winner Alan Ball to breathe new life into the indie romantic comedy "The Girl in the Coffee Place." Listen to what they come up with as Alan takes a break from his busy schedule on the new Cinemax series "Banshee" to tell us the sory of two aspiring screenwriters who spend their lives typing away in an LA coffee shop, pining after Beth, the beautiful barista.

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In this week's episode of "The Downey Files", Chris Downey calls upon fellow Leverage writer and co-producer Geoffrey Thorne to tackle "Future Mike", a sci-fy comedy where Mike is confronted by his long lost twin, who is in fact a version of himself from the future, who has a malicious plan... Or has he?

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Chris Downey and writer/producer Dave Bickel go back to their comedy roots as they visit the 'Road to Kafiriztan,' a story that follows two sitcom writers who's TV series makes it a ruthless Middle East dictatorship

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Ever wondered why suddenly in the 80s, rental car companies nation-wide changed their minimum age requirement from 18 to 25? Chris Downey calls upon comedy writer team Michael Colton and John Aboud to break the story for the roadtrip movie/buddy comedy "Car Rental Agreement 87/25."

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A special video message to all the listeners and subscribers of The Downey Files, from Chris Downey himself! Happy Holidays!

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Welcome back to the second part of "Miss Universe." Listen to the epic conclusion of the sci-fi comedy as Chris Downey and his guests, fellow Executive Producer and co-creator of Leverage John Rogers and actor, writer and entrepreneur Wil Wheaton, take us through the second half of the movie!

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In the first part of this week's episode, Chris Downey calls upon fellow Executive Producer and co-creator of Leverage John Rogers and actor, writer and entrepreneur Wil Wheaton to whip the sci-fi comedy "Miss Universe" into shape. Be sure to come back next week for part 2!

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In this week's episode of The Downey Files, Chris Downey is joined by Christine Boylan, producer on Once Upon A Time, and her husband, Final Destination 5 screenwriter Eric Heisserer to discuss family action movie "The Cube."

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Welcome to the premiere episode of “The Downey Files” as Chris and guest Michael Price, Co-executive producer of The Simpsons, sit down and discuss Chris’s animated film idea, “Up Stream,” chronicling the adventures of a rebellious young salmon.

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