Cartoon: Wiley Nails Writers…Again

Wiley Miller uses his bully pulpit AKA the comic strip “Non Sequitur” to reveal truth we all need to hear. Case in point:

Read Wiley Non Sequitur daily (and Sunday too) here:

Herbie J Pilato says “I slept with Blanche Devereaux”

I Slept with Blanche Devereaux — and My Other Adventures with “The Golden Girls”
by Herbie J Pilato

It’s true.

I slept with Blanche Devereaux.

But then again, who didn’t, right?

And it was all in good fun.

Although I must make a few clarifications.

“I,” as in “Herbie J Pilato,” did not really sleep with Blanche Devereaux, mostly because Blanche Devereaux really doesn’t exist — and she never did.

I exist, but Blanche does not.

I’m real. But Blanche is not.

Blanche is a fictional television character who actress Rue McClanahan portrayed in the 1980s hit senior-geared sitcom, The Golden Girls, which originally aired on NBC from 1985 to 1991 — and which also starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Estelle Getty….

What in the wonderful world of showbiz is Herbie J leading to here? Read it all at

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE

WGA on Dealing with Anxiety in the Time of Covid-19

Worthwhile viewing for all of us, whether or not we’re pro writers, or, for that matter, readers or even non-readers, actually:

In partnership with the Writers Guilds of America West and East, Hollywood, Health & Society is set to present a series of panel discussions—all hosted via Zoom—exploring a variety of topics related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of these discussions is to provide information and access to experts in the public health field for your personal lives and the projects you may be working on.

Feeling anxious, fearful, or depressed during these unprecedented times? The first discussion, “Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19,” to be hosted this Tuesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. (PT) / 8 p.m. (ET), examines mental health during the pandemic. Panelists will include Dr. Paula Cannon, virologist, Keck School of Medicine of USC; Brian Shiers, MA, LMFT, senior mindfulness teacher (UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center); and moderator Michael Winship, former WGAE president and Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams. Additional panelists to be announced.

If you’re interested in joining this online event, please register via this RSVP link, as space is limited.

For those of you unable to attend for any reason, this event is being recorded and will be available via after the event.

Upcoming HH&S-WGAW-WGAE-hosted discussions on the impact of COVID-19, all via Zoom, will be held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. (PT) / 8 p.m. (ET). Topics/panelists include:

  • April 14: Addiction (Dr. Leo Beletsky, professor of law and health sciences and faculty director, Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University)
  • April 21: Criminal Justice/Prisons (Aly Tamboura, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
  • April 28: Older Adults and Caregiving (Dr. Bruce Chernoff, The SCAN Foundation)
  • May 5: Voting and the Election

LB: TVWriter™ in the Time of Covid-19

Yes, it’s true. Yet another website – this one – is updating its policies for the duration of the C-Plague.

After giving it a great deal of time and thought, I must regretfully announce that delivery of the remaining Feedback for entries in PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 is being suspended until, well, until further notice, I’m afraid, and certainly until this coming Fall at the earliest.

Similarly, PEOPLE’S PILOT 2020, formerly scheduled to open for entries June 1st, is also being suspended until further notice, and I’m as regretful about that as I am about the Feedback.

The Covid-19 situation may well be the most stressful event I have faced in my life. I’ve had to face the possibility of death before, due to such things as the Vietnam War, my two heart attacks, quintuple coronary bypass surgery, and most recently prostate cancer treatment and surgery, but the current pandemic has me in a much stronger grasp.

At this point in time my psyche just plain isn’t as resilient as it once was, nor is my ambition anywhere nearly as important to me as in the past. I feel a duty to fulfill my obligations – which is why I’m announcing a postponement instead of outright cancellation – but I’m simply unable to do so.

Compounding this is the fact that for past weeks I’ve been running TVWriter™ and PEOPLE’S PILOT entirely alone. The kind and wonderful people who have helped so much in the past are dealing with their own virus-related and personal issues. Which is as it should be, but taking care of business has unfortunately become more difficult and time-consuming than ever.

FWIW, my original reaction to this time of self social isolation, was, “Hey, great, I love working alone, especially when the work is writing. Been practicing it for years and should be at the top of my game!”

Over the last month and a half, however, I’ve come to realize how much more is involved here than writing. I have a wife I love beyond measure, plus four children and seven grandchildren (including two I haven’t yet met), plus a pair of amazing dogs, and the overarching awareness that any or all of us I could die any time now overwhelms everything else. Period.

To put it bluntly: I would never forgive myself if I didn’t spend as much time as possible attending to my loved ones while there is still the chance to do so, and I hope that those who read this will understand that feeling. Our lives aren’t only about writing. They’re about being there for those who love and need us and doing everything we can for them.

What’s that? Did I hear somebody ask about the TVWriter™ website itself? And my Master Class?

After thinking long and hard about what I’m capable of doing and what I need to do to remain, well, myself I want to tell you all that, yeppers, kids, I fully intend to continue  updating TVWriter™ daily (in the slightly abridged form it’s been for the past few weeks, but the voice underlying everything will be mine and mine alone. Which reminds me to say, “Please humor me, gang, if I make too many blogging mistakes, grammatically, tonally, and everything in between.

Similarly, I will be continuing the Master Class Sessions and their once/week meetings because I love, love, love ’em. Period.

To reiterate, because I once read in a book about essay writing that this is the place where I’m supposed to do that:

  • Larry Brody’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 Feedback has been indefinitely suspended
  • PEOPLE’S PILOT 2020 has been indefinitely suspended
  • TVWriter™ will continue to be updated daily indefinitely
  • LB’s Master Class also will continue indefinitely

Welcome to Generation Covid. No matter when we were born, we’re all in it together.

Love You Mean It, and please stay healthy and safe!


10 Most Viewed TVWriter™ Posts of the Week – April 6, 2020

Good morning! Welcome to another new week at TVWriter™, starting with our latest look at the most popular blog posts and resource pages during the  last week.

They are, in order:

How To Write The Perfect TV Series Review To Captivate Your Readers

‘The Following’ Season 4 was Cancelled by Fox Because the TV Series Became a Victim of Lazy Writing!

Corporal Punishment and Primetime TV

Writing the Dreaded Outline


8 Tips for Writing for Children’s TV Shows

The Wonderful Life of Herbie J Pilato

Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

There is Something (Too) Seriously Wrong With The Way New Scripted (Fiction) TV Shows and Movies Are Made Today

The Outline/Story

Big thanks to everybody for helping us have another terrific week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!