Writing TV

What To Spec This Year…

Thanks to Sam for spotting Alex Epstein‘s link to Alex Freedman‘s study on what TV specs to write this year… and what not to.  Very interesting– and helpful!  Click HERE to check it out… You might also like:No Related Posts

Meet Rick Qualliotine, Co-EP

I’m writing this while sitting in the office of our Co-Executive Producer, Rick Qualliotine—the only person at The Wanda Sykes Show who has actually PAINTED HIS OFFICE… making this easiest the coolest office in the place (one wall is a bright warm orange-yellow).  Rick started his career in theater, producing plays and stage shows,...

Live from the Wanda Sykes Show…

I’ve been meaning to write about this for the past couple of weeks, but I wanted to let you all know about the premiere of the new show I’m working on… “The Wanda Sykes Show,” FOX‘s new late night talk show which premieres tomorrow night, November 7, at 11 pm (EST). I’ve been a...

Pilot-writing Seminar next Tuesday!

Hey, everyone– Thanks so much to all of you who came to last week’s Final Draft/Script magazine and Writers Boot Camp panel, “Getting into the Writers Room.”  It was a terrific evening, and it was great seeing some of you there! Wanted to let you all know about another great opportunity… Next Tuesday, Nov....

Get into the TV Writing Room… for FREE!

Hey, folks– Just wanted to invite you all to a great event next Monday, October 26… Final Draft software, “Script” magazine, and Writers Boot Camp are hosting a series of FREE writing panels designed to help film and TV writers navigate Hollywood… and I’ll be speaking on next week’s TV panel, “Getting Into the...

Pitch Your TV Idea to Agents, Execs, and Producers… on Oct. 5!

Hey, folks—   Just wanted to let you know, I’m hosting and moderating Mediabistro’s “Pitch Slam” next Monday, October 5… and for anyone working on an idea for the next “Royal Pains,” “30 Rock,” or “Kitchen Nightmares,” this is an incredible opportunity!   Here’s how it works: we bring in a panel of TV...

Two and a Half Men: Giving Characters Tangible Wants & Conflicts

I often talk in my TV-writing classes about the importance of giving characters TANGIBLE wants, obstacles, conflicts, etc.  In other words, we sometimes give our characters internal objectives and obstacles– like the desire to find love, absolve guilt, give forgiveness, be at peace, etc.– but it’s important to find physical, tangible, or visual ways...

PAULO'S QUESTION: Do shows ever hop from cable to broadcast?

Today’s question comes from Paulo in Rio, Brazil… which just may win the award for Question Asked From Farthest Away! Paulo works in film financing and is developing some new models for Brazilian TV production.  He asks two questions about the US TV market… Question #1:  “As the cable channels are gaining muscles, have you...

Writers Protest the Emmys

Interesting little news story… as many of you know, Don Mischer, the producer of this year’s Emmy telecast, has revamped the show to make it shorter and more entertaining… and to do that, he’s slashed some of the awards in the directing, writing, and acting categories.  (They’re not actually eliminating the awards, just not...

Sell Your Reality Show… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– If you’re hoping to sell the next The Bachelorette, American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars… or even if you just want to work on them… I’m teaching my reality TV seminar, “Writing the Reality TV Show,” for mediabistro next Tuesday, July 7.  If you’re interested (and in Los Angeles), I’d love...

The Future of TV: CBS vs. NBC

Hey, all– Just wanted to point out a great article from Brian Steinberg in this morning’s Ad Age… he does a nice job of pointing out how NBC (which is seemingly in a deadly tailspin) and CBS are both programming their air in vastly different ways– and how their two strategies reflect the seismic...

Are Emmy's Writing Awards Inaccurate?

Hey, guys– just wanted to let you all know about a piece I have in today’s issue of Variety about the Emmy‘s “Outstanding Writing” category… and whether or not it’s fair and accurate.  Take a look… and lemme know if you think the Emmys’ process is fair, accurate, or dead-on! Click HERE to read…...

Getting Canceled: Terminator-Style

So, I’m not sure how many of you are/were fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which was recently canceled by FOX (personally, I LOVED the first season and Tivoed most of the second, but haven’t watched it yet), but either way… You have to read this blog post from Josh Friedman, one of...

Wanna Sell Your Spec Pilot?…

Hey, everyone– If you missed it a few months ago… I’m teaching another “Writing the TV Pilot” seminar in Los Angeles this month, and I hope you can all make it!  Spec pilots are selling like hot cakes these days… Matthew Weiner‘s Mad Men on AMC was a spec pilot… and so was Sons...

A Letter from WGA President Patric Verone…

Hey, folks– Hot off the press, here’s a letter from WGA president Patric Verone… thought you might find it interesting… May 29, 2009              To My Fellow Members, It’s been a while since I’ve reported to you about the progress of Writers Guild organizing efforts and the many successes we’ve had...