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Behind every great show is a hardworking showrunner—someone who has a hand in just about everything, from the words the characters say to the look of any given scene. On October 31st, Des Doyle’s documentary Showrunners will tell that behind-the-scenes story in theaters (and VOD).

But before the film is released, viewers can get plenty of scoop in the documentary’s written companion. Tara Bennett’s Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is an insider’s guide to running hit shows, featuring exclusive interviews with Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and more.

Below, we’ve got an exclusive first look at two excerpts from the book. The first includes Ronald D. Moore and others talking about their first jobs; in the second, Damon Lindelof and his fellow showrunners discuss how to end a series.

Showrunners, the official companion, hits shelves September 2.