This past fall, comedians Sara Schaefer
and Nikki Glaser
(hosts of popular podcast You Had to Be There
) had "the amazing privilege" of hiring a writing staff for their upcoming TV show, Nikki & Sara Live
. Sara "was flattered and honored when hundreds of people applied. It was a super fun experience, but it was also an incredibly illuminating one. Reading so many packets made a couple of things very very clear: there are some really easy, basic things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job writing for TV
." Step 1
: Dedicate Your Entire Life to Comedy
Taking the seen-it route
: Sara Morrison talks about the rise and influence of television show recapping; recapping's advantages for writers; and the origins and evolution of Television Without Pity (<--- time suck warning: TVTropes link!)
Includes lots of links and a handy chart of recappers
. [more inside]
was a 1990s Australian TV show
that had actors lip-syncing along with a 1950s Flash Gordon-esque radio play. Mostly forgotten by absolutely everyone, two of the twenty episodes have recently turned up
- the beloved pop-culture-reference-laden British comedy from Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes - is now on Hulu in its entirety.
He's a ghost, and he writes to us: GhostWriter.
In 1992, PBS launched
TV show designed to teach 7-to-10 year-olds to love reading and writing. The show
initially featured a team of 5 characters
joined the team a few episodes later, and by the end
there were a few additional characters) in Brooklyn, NY solving mysteries
. It had cameos by Julia Stiles
, Spike Lee, and Samuel L. Jackson
and one of the characters even had her own music video
So what happened to it? Well, it's available on VHS
, but has not been released on DVD
. Don't worry! There's an online petition!
is a far more ambitious piece of media, which uses the entire web as its canvas and its entire audience as its creators. I'd suggest this piece of work - Lost
, when viewed in its entirety - is truly new."
"We all do it...
We watch our favorite shows and speculate and discuss with our friends... Now, Slack Street
, a new concept in talk radio commentary..." Kinda like voiceover commentary in DVDs, but featuring the voices of fans. It's still pretty rough. "Phone lines are open! Oh crap! We don't have any phones!"
They're working on ways of getting input from listeners as they record their broadcasts. Great start though. I'd like to see/hear similar program formats dissecting CSI
and other stuff.
The Dead Zone's Michael Piller
is probably one of the most under-appreciated creative talents in Hollywood. One of the most egalitarian executives, he always lets the fans of his shows have a chance to get behind the scenes. (Acrobat
required for download you'll find at link, and more inside)
are indubitably America's first family, and since I'm spending my unemployed Friday afternoon looking for fun instead of looking for work, I thought I'd share. Find a favorite! "See my vest...." to "Ay, Caramba!" Have they lost their zing? Is it time to end (troll) the best TV show of all time
The Buffy season finale
was possibly two of the best hours of TV I've ever watched. Did you miss it? If you taped it to watch later you may not want to read the article until you see it.
Goodie goodie yum yum!
Why, O why has the only worthwhile cultural product of the late 20th century been so cruelly ignored? The Goodies
made a man out me. And they
made a man out of my wife. They rule OK
. What brain-warping TV is their equal now?
As a sort-of follow up to yesterday's discussion
of "whatever-happened-to-the-Big Brother (UK) Housemates", here's a funny little story
about what Rudy Boesch is up to these days. We all (may) remember Rudy as the politically incorrect ex-Navy Seal from the first edition of Survivor (US), won by Richard Hatch. Nice to see fame hasn't changed him.
Tick, tock ... tick, tock
I generally hate TV, but I'm counting down the minutes until this new series
premieres on FOX. Yeah, it'll probably suck, but I'm a big fan of Patrick Warburton
. In fact I just saw "The Dish
" over the weekend and didn't even realize, until halfway through the flick, that the superintelligence NASA scientist was, in fact, played by none other than good ol' dumb guy David Puddy
. Who's your favorite underappreciated actor?