Cartoon: ‘Non Sequitur’ by Wiley

NOTE FROM LB: Last week I had a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Future in the form of this daily comic that I just have to share:

Or, to put it another way: “Ob la di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra
La-la, how the life goes on.”

“C’est la vie,” y’all!

More Non Sequitur is HERE

WGAW December 2019 Calendar

Here’s what going on, socially and professionally,  at the Writers Guild of America West this month:

December 2019

Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month.

Committee activities and events are open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status. If you have questions about your member status, please contact the Membership Department or call (323) 782-4532

To see the live calendar, click here. (Member Login required for that, sorry.)


Have a Very “Gary” Christmas: Writing TV and Feature Holiday Films
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or Yuletide. Every holiday season the airwaves and Internet overflow with heart-warming yuletide romances, fantasies and comedies. And who better than prolific secret elf, screenwriter Gary Goldstein (Mr. 365) to unpack Santa’s sleigh of techniques, themes, and tropes for these popular family-friendly stories? And before you say, “Bah, humbug,” consider that this is one of the fastest ways for new writers to score important TV and feature credits. Plus if you aren’t too naughty, there’ll be cider and cookies for all at the post-panel reception. (But be sure and leave some for Santa.) Panelists include: Michael Healy (Executive, Lifetime), Matt Lieberman (The Christmas Chronicles), Megan Metzger (The Princess Switch), Nina Weinman Swift (Homegrown Christmas), and others TBA. WGAW members with one guest.


Genre Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Second Floor, Room 2A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. The Genre Committee was formed with the sole purpose of attracting writers interested in a certain genre, to meet, discuss and exchange information in a peer-to-peer setting. Our mission is to push education, diversity and camaraderie amongst all writers no matter their background. The Committee welcomes all writers because writers work in all genres.


WGF: War of the Words: Holiday Edition Trivia Night
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. War of the Words is WGF’s audiovisual film and television Trivia Night that features eight rounds of challenging film and TV trivia and prizes for our top teams. We’ll provide the drinks, you bring your A-game. Register as a team of six or come and make new friends! With an individual ticket, we will randomly assign you to a team.


WGF: Seasons Givings Holiday Party
4:30-6:30 p.m. – NeueHouse Hollywood.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. Join WGF for holiday cocktails and conversation with a purpose. We’re raising money and introducing two new initiatives: one that will offer college stipends to the children of WGAW members, and the other to pay off one lucky new WGAW member’s student debt through a lottery drawn that evening. Enter lottery and buy tickets to the party at the link.


Committee of Women Writers Meeting
7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. 7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, and beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. This committee represents the interests of female WGAW writers who are seeking WGA-covered work. We sponsor events designed to increase our knowledge of the craft and the marketplace, discuss the role of women as storytellers and foster networking and collaboration between women in all Guilds, as well as increase opportunities for education, employment opportunities and creative expression. Our goal is to empower all writers and improve the profile and perception of Women writers in the industry.


WGF: Writers on Writing with Damon Lindelof
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
SOLD OUT. Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. On this special evening, we sit down with renowned writer and executive producer Damon Lindelof to find out his process for adapting the latest HBO hit, Watchmen, how he approaches world building in his series, which have included The Leftovers and Lost, and how he tackles writing for features vs. television. Moderated by Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock).


Committee of Black Writers Meeting
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. The Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities.


Seasoned Readings: Jesusland by David Folwell
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or Jesusland. The Career Longevity Committee invites you to a reading of the teleplay Jesusland by David Folwell. Jesusland follows David Kirkwood, pastor of one of the largest mega churches in the country, whose life and faith are rocked after a violent attack. David must find a new truth, one that will more than likely be at odds with his former faith, as he continues to lead a huge congregation who still believe in him. Directed by Melanie Armer. Cast: Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Jessalyn Gilsig (Vikings), and O-Lan Jones (Edward Scissorhands). The WGAW Career Longevity Committee’s Seasoned Readings series promotes and celebrates the work of writers age 50 and over. A light reception will follow the reading. WGAW members plus one guest.


WGF: The Scriptnotes Holiday Live Show
8-9:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Film School Main Theater.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. Join screenwriters and Friends of the Foundation John August and Craig Mazin for a special live holiday edition of their weekly podcast, Scriptnotes. Special guests include: Kevin Feige (Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), and Shoshannah Stern & Josh Feldman (This Close).


1917: Guild Screenings Q&A with Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
After 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
Q&A with 1917 writers Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 110 minutes). WGAW members only with two guests. Guild membership card required for entry.


Asian American Writers Committee Meeting
7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor, Boardroom.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. 7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, and beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. The Asian American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. All members welcome.


Uncut Gems: Guild Screenings Q&A with Ronald Bronstein & Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie
After 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
Q&A with Uncut Gems writers Ronald Bronstein & Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 135 minutes). WGAW members only with two guests. Guild membership card required for entry.

9 shows that should have been canceled this year

It’s that time of year again, when various critics, reviewers, fans, et al come up with zillions of different lists about subjects of interest over the past twelve months.

This particular list, from Insider.Com, caught our attention because if there’s one thing past, present, and future TV writers need to know it’s creative negativity. And, yeppers, we know this through sadly glad experience.


There really can be too much of a good thing.

While some shows get off on the wrong foot, others explode in popularity just to fizzle out in subsequent seasons.

2019 marked the end of some beloved series, including “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

It also marked the end of some not-so-beloved series, like CBS’s “The Code,” which was canceled just one day after the first season’s finale, and Netflix’s “Chambers,” which one reviewer described as a “bloated Netflix dud.”

However, some shows, including “13 Reasons Why” and “Riverdale,” were allowed to continue when really they’d run their course.

Here are nine shows that should have been canceled in 2019, based on critic reviews, viewership, and editorial opinion, along with the season that aired this year.

Warning: Some minor spoilers below.

“13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — season three

A new “13 Reasons Why” character was panned by viewers in season three. 
Phil Bray / Netflix

Season three of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” was narrated by a new character, Ani Achola, played by Grace Saif.

Fans of the show didn’t fail to notice that despite being a new kid at the school, Ani seemed to know everything about each of the characters.

So bad was the abuse that Saif got on social media from fans who accused her of ruining the show that she deleted all images from her Instagram and made her Twitter account private.

Despite retroactively editing Hannah Baker’s controversial suicide scene, “13 Reasons Why” has struggled to shake off its questionable morals.

It’s been renewed for a fourth and final season….

Read it all at Insider.Com

Early predictions for the 2020 Oscar nominations

It may seem mystifying to some people, and gratifying to others, but in spite of the fact that ratings for the awards show are down, a hell of a lot of folks are interested in who and what gets each year’s Oscars.

We here at TVWriter™ are interested as well, although some might say it’s because we have a horse we hope will be in the race. That’s the upcoming film, 1917, written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by that very same Mr. Mendes,  and executive-produced by Jeb Brody and Ricardo Marco Budé. (Regular visitors to this site probably will understand one of the references here. If not, well, no worries.)

Where were we? Oh, right. Here: Because of the widespread interest, we’re proud to bring you the following predictions for Oscar noms. “Action!”

by David Canfield and Joey Nolfi

Over the past few months, EW has been offering in-depth analysis of this Oscar season’s (very) early days, assessing potential frontrunners, making the circuit rounds, and tracking the dominant narratives taking shape for 2020. Now, as the last remaining contenders start getting screened and precursor nominations officially trickle in, we’re ready to present our picks for who will make the cut on Jan. 13, when the 2020 Oscar nominees are announced.

We’ll update this post regularly as the race comes into tighter focus. And we’ll soon expand with predictions for every below-the-line category as well. As for now, check out our breakdowns of the directing, acting, and screenplay categories — in addition, of course, to Best Picture. UPDATED Nov. 25


Epic new films by Oscar mainstays Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino lead this race, but a South Korean critical phenomenon and a surprise TIFF People’s Choice winner add plenty of intrigue. Tracking changes: Little Women reviews dropped this week, and it’s looking like one of the year’s best-reviewed films. Screenings of Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell and, especially, Sam Mendes’ 1917 have introduced two potential power players this season. And boffo box office for Ford v Ferrari proves this crowdpleaser is a real sleeper in this race.

The Top 10:

The Irishman (dir. Martin Scorsese)

1917 (dir. Sam Mendes)

Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

Marriage Story (dir. Noah Baumbach)

Ford v Ferrari (dir. James Mangold)

Jojo Rabbit (dir. Taika Waititi)

Joker (dir. Todd Phillips)

Richard Jewell (dir. Clint Eastwood)

In the Hunt:

Bombshell (dir. Jay Roach)

The Farewell (dir. Lulu Wang)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (dir. Marielle Heller)

The Two Popes (dir. Fernando Meirelles)


Waves (dir. Trey Edward Shults)

Hustlers (dir. Lorene Scafaria)

Pain and Glory (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

Read it all at

10 Most Viewed TVWriter™ Posts of the Week – Dec. 2, 2019

5-4-3-2-1-and we’re back and fatter than ever after Thanksgiving weekend. Hope yours was a delicious and grateful one too.

Time now for TVWriter™’s latest look at our most popular blog posts and resource pages during the week ending yesterday. 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!

Writing the Dreaded Outline


Corporal Punishment and Primetime TV

Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series

8 Tips for Writing for Children’s TV Shows

How to Write a Script for an Animated Show


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!