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We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast
35 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Rejecting Mad Men
According to Rolling Stone, Mad Men is the fourth-greatest television show of all time – bested only by Breaking Bad, The Wire and The Sopranos. But before Sterling Cooper ever opened its doors, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was rejected by every major network. Including HBO, FX and Showtime. Weiner was told no one would watch a series about advertising, that his main character was an unlikable smoker slash philanderer and that viewers hated period pieces. Mad Men gathered rejections, then dust. Then Weiner's agent got a phone call from a basic cable movie channel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
33 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Under The Influence with Terry O’Reilly - “One Toke Over The Line: 50-Year Marketing Milestones”
This week, we thought we’d do something a little different. The Apostrophe Podcast Network has several shows on its roster. And if you aren’t already a listener, we’d like to introduce you to our flagship series Under The Influence with Terry O’Reilly. Under The Influence gives listeners a rare backstage pass into the hallways, boardrooms and recording studios of the advertising industry. Host and career adman Terry O’Reilly tells fascinating and funny stories that connect the dots between pop culture, marketing and human nature. Today we present to you one of the series' most listened-to episodes called “One Toke Over The Line: 50-Year Marketing Milestones.” In this episode, Terry talks about companies and products that just celebrated their 50th birthdays. Best-sellers in the '70s, best-sellers today. A remarkable feat. And if you’d like to hear more, Under The Influence has 11 archived seasons ready to binge. Enjoy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Rejecting Colonel Sanders
Kentucky Fried Chicken is the most popular chicken chain of all time, with 25,000 locations in 145 countries. But before the world first tasted Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe of 11 different herbs and spices, the Colonel was broke. At 65. Driving around the South pitching his recipe to restaurant owners and weathering over 1000 rejections. Then he got some truly unbelievable news. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Rejecting Jonathan Larson (Rent)
When RENT premiered in 1996, it became a runaway smash hit. The venue sold out for months on end, lines stretched around the block, "Rentheads" pitched tents in order to secure rush tickets, celebrities were photographed under the marquee. But, what many people didn’t know was that over the previous 15 years, writer and composer Jonathan Larson faced nothing but rejection. He wrote several plays that never saw the light of day, told his work was unfocused or too ambitious. Then a number of Larson’s friends were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
40 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Rejecting Chrissy Metz
Chrissy Metz is Kate Pearson. No, really. When the script for This Is Us crossed her desk, she couldn’t believe the similarities. Naturally, she was cast and the series became a runaway smash hit - catapulting Metz to stardom and an Emmy nomination. But before landing the role, Metz was an agent in Hollywood watching her clients land part after part while she struggled to make rent. She was rejected for auditions based on her body type, unless, of course, her body type was the butt of the joke. Then she heard about open auditions for American Idol. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
ENCORE: Rejecting Amanda Gorman
You voted, we posted. We asked you, our listeners, which episode you think new WRTIY listeners should hear first. And, we have to say, we fully stand by your choice. For our mid-season encore episode, we bring you the story of the incomparable Amanda Gorman: Overnight, Amanda Gorman became a household name. She is the youngest inaugural poet in American history, a National Youth Poet Laureate and a New York Times best-selling author. But before her Instagram following jumped from 3000 to 3,000,000, Gorman faced rejection and struggled with a debilitating speech impediment. Join us this week as we tell her inspiring story, from bullies and skeptics to Capitol Hill. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Rejecting South Park
Rolling Stone named South Park one of the greatest television shows of all time. The animated series has earned four Emmys and a cult-following, catapulting its creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, to billionaire status. But 25 years ago, South Park was rejected. Told by executives it was too crude, too controversial and no adult would ever watch a TV show about children. Then Comedy Central called. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
42 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Rejecting Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland made history as the first Black female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But along her incredible journey to the front of the stage, Copeland was told she had the wrong body for ballet. That she was too curvy, too short, too old, that her skin colour ruined the “aesthetic." Join us this week as we tell Copeland’s story — from sleeping on the floor of a motel room to becoming one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People. Major sources for this episode are listed in the Show Notes here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
39 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Rejecting Rocky Bleier, Part 2
In Part Two of Rejecting Rocky Bleier, Bleier visits his old coach at Notre Dame who gives him some upsetting news. The Steelers have a changing of the guard. And the team that drafted Bleier for his heart, gets to see it in action. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Rejecting Rocky Bleier
Rocky Bleier is a four-time Super Bowl champion. In his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he rushed nearly 4000 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. But just a decade earlier, Bleier was drafted in the 16th round, to a bad team, given no playing time. Then, the day he thought he was about to get cut, he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43 minutes | May 24, 2022
The global online dating market is expected to reach $11B USD by 2028. With websites like Match.com and eHarmony and apps like Tinder and Hinge, today’s singles have the world at their fingertips. But back when Hinge was in its infancy, founder Justin McLeod was rejected by investors - then users, then the Apple App Store, then Vanity Fair magazine - before becoming one of the leading dating apps in North America. Today, it's the most-mentioned dating app in the New York Times wedding section. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44 minutes | May 10, 2022
Rejecting Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. She’s a singer, songwriter and activist whose first album She’s So Unusual landed her on the list of top female debut artists of all time. But before going six-times certified platinum, Lauper was ridiculed for her eclectic look and fired from bands time after time. She was broke, working at a vintage store and skipping dinner every other night. Then came the WWE. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Rejecting Leslie Jones
Chris Rock once described Leslie Jones as “about as funny as a human being can be.” She was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live for six years, she’s a Ghostbuster and a three-time Emmy nominee. But before landing her big break, Jones was a struggling comedian. By the time she turned 45, she had yet to make a steady paycheck in comedy and considered quitting altogether. Then Lorne Michaels called. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
42 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Rejecting The Rubik's Cube
450 million Rubik’s Cubes have sold worldwide. A Rubik’s Cube has been handled by 1 in 7 humans on planet earth. The colourful toy has inspired people in the arts, in mathematics, in engineering and pop culture. But when inventor Ernő Rubik first started showcasing his creation at toy fairs, he was rejected - by toy companies, distributors and investors. Told it was “too niche.” Then, once it finally made its way into stores and millions of homes across the globe, the New York Times declared the Rubik’s Cube dead. It’s a story full of twists and turns. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
40 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Rejecting Ty Burrell
Realtor-slash-amateur magician, Phil Dunphy, is one of the funniest dads on one of the highest-rated sitcoms. Modern Family aired for 11 seasons, bringing in millions of viewers and 22 Emmys. But before landing the role of Phil, actor Ty Burrell was rejected by Hollywood for 20 straight years. Told his features were too big, he was too off-beat and too old. By his 40th birthday, he was ready to give up acting altogether. Then the phone rang. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Season Three 🤚🏽
We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast returns next week with a brand new season. Here's what's in store. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Short Stories in Television (Rejecting Annie Murphy, Squid Game, Matt LeBlanc & The Queen's Gambit)
We regret to inform you, this week marks the final episode of our 2021 season. So, we thought we’d do something a little different. Over the past two years, we’ve come across several fascinating rejection stories that weren’t long enough for a full episode, but that doesn’t mean they're any less packed with insight. Join us this week for ‘Short Stories in Television’ - the inspiring pint-sized rejection stories of Annie Murphy, Matt LeBlanc, Squid Game and The Queen's Gambit. Thanks for tuning in. We’ll see you soon for Season Three. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Rejecting Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad holds the Guinness World Record for highest-rated television show of all time. But back when creator Vince Gilligan was first pitching the series, it was rejected by four major networks. This week, we tell Gilligan’s story. From being told no one in their right mind would let a show about crystal meth air on television, to showrunning one of the most beloved series in history. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
42 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Rejecting Lucille Ball
I Love Lucy is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, bringing in over 30 million viewers per week in its day. But before becoming the queen of prime-time television, Lucille Ball was known as “Queen of the B-Pictures” - pin-balling around Hollywood studios, unable to draw a box office crowd. Join us this week as we tell Ball’s incredible story. From panhandling for bus fare, to becoming the first-ever inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Major sources for this episode are listed in the show notes here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
48 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Rejecting Women in the Boston Marathon (The Stories of Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer)
In 2019, 13,684 of the Boston Marathon's entrants were women - making up nearly 50% of total participants. But back in the 1960s, women weren’t permitted into the prestigious annual event, rejected solely on the basis of sex. Until two brave women had enough. Join us this week as we tell the stories of pioneer runners Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer - the first women to ever run the Boston Marathon, after 70 years as a men’s-only event. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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