Kate was interviewed by Variety to talk about her new Audible series ‘Heads Will Roll’, which she created with her sister Emily Lynne. They talked about how they came up with the idea for the show, the differences between writing for television vs writing for audio, getting that huge cast onboard and much more. You can read the entire interview below!
Audible and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video announced in February a deal for the “Saturday Night Live” creator’s company to produce original series for the Amazon-owned audio platform. The first show to come out of the deal is “Heads Will Roll,” a fantasy-comedy created by and starring “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Kate McKinnon and her sister, stand-up comic Emily Lynne. The series debuts on Audible May 2.
Had you and Emily worked together on anything like this before?
We’ve been making videos and stuff
togetherour whole lives. In terms of doing a project as adults, we definitely did a web series for Broadway Video, Lorne Michaels’ company, a few years ago called “Notary Publix,” about notaries. A hard-hitting drama. But this was definitely the first audio show that we have attempted.
How did you come up with the idea for “Heads Will Roll”?
Broadway Video was partnering with Audible, which I thought was very
exciting,because we both are huge, insane podcast fanatics. I find that I can no longer sit in silence or walk anywhere in silence, which is actually a problem. So we wanted to hop on board this new thing that’s happening. I always wanted to do something about a Maleficent-style evil queen, who’s having a little bit of a crisis of conscience or wondering if she really wants to be in charge or not. We both grew up obsessed with Disney, and obsessed with fairy tales, and obsessed with Shelley Duvall’s “Faerie Tale Theatre.” We love fairy tales, and we love fantasy. We just thought if we could combine that with the foibles of modern existence, then we could make something fun.