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A Million Little Stories is a podcast created and hosted by DJ Nash. It delves into behind the scenes stories and secrets about ABC's A Million Little Things.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Per its official description, A Million Little Stories features behind the scene interviews, show secrets, and other fun facts about the making of A Million Little Things. It also includes interviews with people DJ Nash has met through the show, and in his years writing for TV and doing stand up comedy all across the country.[1]

A new episode is set to be released every Thrusday, starting on April 30, 2020.[2] Each episode is meant to be "filled with a bunch of stories from life" so every week, guests have to either start or end their interview by telling a story that they want to share.[3]

Starting with the second season, every new episode released on "show day" and would take "an inside look at last week's episode" of A Million Little Things, with "some of the behind the scenes things that went into making it".[4]

Guests include series regular Romany Malco, casting director Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, series composer Gabriel Mann, singer Colin Hay, season 1 executive producer/director James Griffiths and series psychological consultant Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Episode number Title Release date Length (min:sec)
Episode 101 "The Pitch"/"The Pilot"[N 1] April 30, 2020 53:24
In his first episode, DJ shares one longer story. The pitch to A Million Little Things, word-for-word, exactly what he pitched, August 9, 2017, the day he sold the series to ABC.
Episode 102 "Romany Malco" May 7, 2020 84:34
In a funny but at times moving interview, DJ talks to actor Romany Malco about their decade-long friendship, about the crazy way he came to play Rome, and about the lives that have been touched by the stories in A Million Little Things... not the least of which is theirs. And oh yeah, they also talk about Romany's upcoming movie, Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison.
Episode 103 "The Cast"/"The Casting of A Million Little Things"[N 2] May 14, 2020 69:02
In front of a virtual audience of over 50 actors, DJ speaks with the series' Casting Director Cathy Sandrich Gelfond about what it was like casting the series regulars for A Million Little Things.
Episode 104 "Gabriel Mann & Colin Hay"/"AMLT Composer Gabriel Mann with Special Guest Colin Hay"[N 3] May 21, 2020 70:40
In this episode, DJ takes an in-depth look with the show's composer Gabriel Mann at how the music and score are chosen for A Million Little Things. The first season, Colin Hay performed a special cover of his for the finale. Unbeknownst to Gabe, DJ gets Colin to show up, surprise Gabe, and perform his beautiful song.
Episode 105 "Executive Producer/Director James Griffiths" May 28, 2020 54:30
James Griffiths has made eleven pilots. Ten of them have gotten on the air. DJ spends an hour talking with his friend, Executive Producer/Director James Griffiths about taking the script to A Million Little Things and putting it on the screen.
Episode 106 "Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen"/"AMLT Consultant Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen"[N 4] June 4, 2020 86:36
Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen heads the President's task force to reduce and eliminate suicide among veterans. She took the job under one condition: she could remain the consultant on A Million Little Things. In this podcast, she and DJ talk about how they work together to accurately and sensitively bring to life the show's issues, including: depression, suicide, PTSD, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Episode 107 "J.K. Simmons"/"J.K. Simmons (Father's Day Part 1)"[N 5] June 11, 2020 55:23
In honor of Father's Day, DJ connects with J.K. Simmons to talk to him about playing DJ's dad Mel in Growing Up Fisher. The two talk about the show, what goes into crafting a role, and the unexpected surprises of being a father.
Episode 108 "David Schwimmer"/"David Schwimmer (Father's Day Part 2)"[N 6] June 18, 2020 46:10
In Part 2 of his three-part Father's Day special, DJ talks with one of TV's most beloved stars David Schwimmer about directing the pilot to Growing Up Fisher, fatherhood, and how Schwimmer made it okay for DJ to look this way.
Episode 109 "Father's Day/Growing Up Fisher Interview"/"Growing Up Fisher Dad Interview (Father's Day Part 3)"[N 7] June 23, 2020 46:21
In Part 3 of his three-part Father's Day special, DJ talks with the most amazing man he's ever met in his life, his father, about his own experiences as a dad and what it was like having J.K. Simmons portray him on Growing Up Fisher.
Episode 110 "Comedian Royale Watkins" July 3, 2020 72:01
At the heart of it, A Million Little Things is a show about friendship. DJ spends the finale of Season 1 of the podcast with one of his best friends, comedian Royale Watkins, talking about friendship, marriage, and a million little things.

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Episode number Title Release date Length (min:sec)
Episode 301 "An Inside Look at 'Hit & Run'" December 3, 2020 40:15
With Season 3 of A Million Little Things back on the air, showrunner DJ Nash spends 40 minutes talking with Michelle Leibel, who co-wrote the premiere with him, about some of the behind the scenes fun and drama that went into writing the script and bringing it to television.
Episode 302 "An Inside Look at 'Writings On The Wall'" December 10, 2020 64:06
In this behind the scenes look at Episode 302 of A Million Little Things Michelle Leibel returns to talk with DJ about being the child of someone who's physically challenged, whether or not you can stay in touch with exes, and some of the many, many, many practical jokes that are played on set and in the writers' room of A Million Little Things.
Episode 303 "An Inside Look at 'Letting Go'" December 17, 2020 49:43
Michelle Leibel is back joining DJ as they talk about where some of the funny moments in this week's episode came from and how important it was to the writers to tell Rome's story.
Episode 304 "Holiday Special?"/"Office Holiday Party"[N 8] December 24, 2020 46:31
In this Christmas Eve episode, DJ, Michelle, and special guest Claudia joke about spending the holidays with family, those animated holiday specials and other happy memories of two Jewish kids growing up with Christmas. But most importantly, they answer questions from the Millionaires about life and making A Million Little Things.
N/A Mid-Season Premiere with DJ and the Writers March 10, 2021 21:44
In anticipation of the mid-season premiere of A Million Little Things, DJ gathered the writers to talk about what it's like to work on the show and to take a story from idea to your living room.
Episode 305 An Inside Look at "Non-Essential‪"‬ March 18, 2021 34:26
DJ and his old pal Michelle get together to discuss this week's episode of A Million Little Things, whether or not the moon landing really happened, and a few other things.
Episode 306 An Inside Look at "Miles Apart‪" March 25, 2021 52:55
In this week's episode, DJ takes an inside look at the episode of A Million Little Things called Miles Apart, talking with Actor Allison Miller, Director Tessa Blake, Editor Lauren Connelly and Writer Michelle Leibel about how the character Maggie came to be and how the writing, direction, editing and acting approached the subject of Maggie's abortion.
  1. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the first episode is "The Pitch". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "The Pilot".
  2. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the third episode is "The Cast". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "The Casting of A Million Little Things".
  3. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the fourth episode is "Gabriel Mann & Colin Hay". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "AMLT Composer Gabriel Mann with Special Guest Colin Hay".
  4. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the sixth episode is "Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "AMLT Consultant Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen".
  5. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the seventh episode is "J.K. Simmons". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "J.K. Simmons (Father's Day Part 1)".
  6. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the eighth episode is "David Schwimmer". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "David Schwimmer (Father's Day Part 2)".
  7. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the ninth episode is "Father's Day/Growing Up Fisher Interview". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "Growing Up Fisher Dad Interview (Father's Day Part 3)".
  8. Per the podcast's official website, the title of the first episode is "Holiday Special?". However, on the official iTunes page, the episode title is "Office Holiday Party".

Production[edit | edit source]

On May 18, 2019, DJ Nash revealed that he started working on a podcast related to his drama series, A Million Little Things. He also mentioned that he did a first technical test of his equipment with his kids that same week.[5] In October 2019, he announced that he would continue working on the podcast "as soon as [they] finish writing the scripts" for Season 2.[6]

In January 2020, Nash reiterated that development of his podcast would resume once the production of the series' second season would be wrapped.[7] On April 22, 2020, he revealed that series psychological consultant, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, would be a guest on the podcast.[8] The next day, Nash announced that he finished recording the first episode, and that series regular Romany Malco would also be a guest. He then mentioned that the podcast would be "out in a couple weeks".[9]

On April 30, 2020, Nash officially released the first episode of his podcast, A Million Little Stories.[2] As revealed in the first episode, "ABC has been asking [Nash] for a while to do a podcast."[3]

On December 3, 2020, Nash announced the release of the first episode of his podcast's second season. He also revealed that a new episode would be published every Thursday morning on "show day". These new episodes are meant to take "an inside look at last week's episode" of A Million Little Things, with "some of the behind the scenes things that went into making it".[4]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Per DJ Nash, the podcast's title is a reference to the main series', but also to the fact that he loves telling stories.[3]
  • Originally, "Romany Malco" was supposed to be the third episode of the podcast, while "The Cast"/"The Casting of A Million Little Things" was meant to be the second episode.[10][11] It is unknown why their release order was changed.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Million Little Stories - iTunes page, by DJ Nash, Podcasts.apple.com (August 30, 2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 It's finally here! Please check out my new podcast, A Million Little Stories. The first episode features the pitch for A Million Little Things. Hope it provides a much-needed distraction during this rough time. Like @AMillionABC, we'll have new episodes every Thursday., by DJ Nash, Twitter (April 30, 2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Episode 101: The Pilot - A Million Little Stories, by DJ Nash, AMLS (August 30, 2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hey Millionaires, the podcast is back! A Million Little Stories will be released every Thursday morning on show day, taking an inside look at last week’s episode of @AMillionABC and some of the behind the scenes things that went into making it. Please check it out!, by DJ Nash, Twitter (December 3, 2020)
  5. That is so sweet. Working on a podcast that hopefully you can drink coffee while listening to. Did a technical test of the equipment with my kids this week. Stay tuned., by DJ Nash, Twitter (May 18, 2019)
  6. I will start the podcast as soon as we finish writing the scripts for the season., by DJ Nash, Twitter (October 30, 2019)
  7. On the podcast. Which I am starting as soon as we wrap production., by DJ Nash, Twitter (January 8, 2020)
  8. Thanks, Dr B! So thrilled you’re going to be on my podcast. Can’t wait!, by DJ Nash, Twitter (April 22, 2020)
  9. Okay Millionaires. Just finished recording the first episode of the podcast. It will be out in a couple weeks. Tomorrow, I’m interviewing Romany. What questions do you have for him? Anything about Rome or how he approaches the show you want to know?, by DJ Nash, Twitter (April 23, 2020)
  10. A Million Little Stories Website, by Web Archive, Web.archive.org (May 7, 2020 (retrieved))
  11. Thanks. Romany will actually be in two weeks. This week’s episode is how we put together the cast for the show. I’m joined by some special guests including Cathy who casts our show in Los Angeles. Hope you can check it out., by DJ Nash, Twitter (May 4, 2020)
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