Advice for Future Sitcom Writers by Ken Levine

Our favorite sitcom writer who doesn’t know us has some excellent advice about sitcom format. (And, no, we don’t know what the picture has to do with it. You’ll have to ask Ken. Tell him TVWriter™ sent you.)

Advice for Young Writers

A question I’m always asked is: read article

LB: ROUTE 66 and NAKED CITY, Si. Bert Leonard? Nah

by Larry Brody

By the time I managed to locate Bert Leonard, all that was left of him fit into a small unit in a self-storage facility in Los Angeles that was hemmed in by concertina wire and a row of spindly palm trees.

– Susan Orlean

All that was left of him was not a storage unit.  That wasn’t all that was left of his life.  He had all of his children around him, and he got to understand that he was leaving us behind.  He didn’t die alone. read article

Questions, Questions, Questions

by Larry Brody

In the course of my so-called career, I’ve found that new writers always lead off any conversation with the same two questions:

  1. How did you get started?
  2. How do I get an agent?

Even I get tired of talking about myself, so let’s move on to the agent thing for now, okay? read article

Zeitgeist Boom Redoux

by Larry Brody

And now, due to popular demand, the second of the “Zeitgeist Boom”/”Drunken Monkey” columns from wherever the hell it is I first published them (It’s fiction, dammit! Don’t forget – it’s fiction!):

 ZEITGEIST BOOM!

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Mean Woman Blues

By Drunken Monkey

I’m in the Airstream, on the not-so-foamy pad that passes for a bed, playing a sweet shuffle beat on a little gal I met at the Chimacum feed store across the highway, when my cell phone rings.

Well, it doesn’t ring, actually, it starts thumping out the opening of “L.A. Woman.” Which, if you’re old enough to remember that song, you’ll know is totally out of sync with my fucking, or anybody’s, for that matter. read article

Why You Don’t See Mini-Series on Broadcast TV Anymore

Viewers love watching mini-series. Writers love writing them. So what the $#@! happened to them? According to Kimberly Potts, the answer is simple: Nothing personal. Just “business.

Why Broadcast Networks Killed the Miniseries

By Kimberly Potts

“Roots.” “Shogun.” “Rich Man, Poor Man.” “The Thorn Birds.” “North and South.” “Gulliver’s Travels.” Those classic broadcast network miniseries from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s made for marquee television. They were multi-night programming events that drew people to their TVs in numbers unachievable today outside televised sporting events. They won awards for their networks.

And then the networks stopped making them. The last broadcast-network miniseries to receive an Emmy nomination was CBS’ “Elvis” in 2005 — and in 2011, there were so few miniseries in the running on both broadcast and cable networks that the Television Academy surrendered to the inevitable and folded the Outstanding Miniseries category into a newly combined category, Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. read article