10 Most Viewed TVWriter™ Posts of the Week – Oct. 21, 2019

Happy Monday morning everybody!

Hope your weekend has been a great one. 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

Writing the Dreaded Outline

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

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 Writing Contest

Corporal Punishment and Primetime TV

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT – Enter

Tyler Perry Tells Us How to Become a Famous Writer

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Why I Live in Port Townsend, WA

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!

When Bad People Create Good Art

What do we, as critics, viewers, listeners, readers, and fellow creators do when bad people make good art? Here’s an interesting attempt at an answer to the age old question.

by Jessica Mason

Yesterday, photos were released of Brandon Routh as Kingdom Come-era Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths. After I got over how awesome he looked, I got to thinking about how great Routh was in the red and blue in Superman Returns…and how I don’t know if I’m comfortable ever watching that movie again, because of the allegations against both Kevin Spacey (who played Lex Luthor) and director Bryan Singer. It’s a tough spot, because Superman Returns is a really interesting transition point in comic book movies, but it would take some effort to watch without thinking of Spacey and Singer’s bad acts. This isn’t an isolated problem: Increasingly nowadays, as MeToo and cultural reckonings dominate the discourse, we have to consider what to do when the art we love is made by horrible people.

There are a lot of artists we could discuss here, sadly, many of them geek favorites. Joss Whedon was subject to allegations years back, which has shadowed how I look at Buffy. We’ve mentioned Singer already and his taint carries to so many important film. But I don’t think anyone who has been subject to a cultural turn has had as much influence, at least to my own pop pursuits, as Johnny Depp. Depp has been subject to serious allegation from his ex-wife, Amber Heard, though he has not been convicted of any crimes and sued for defamation, in a legal proceeding that is still on-going.

I was a Johnny Depp hipster. I loved him before he hit it big, in Edward Scissorhands and Benny And Joon and Sleepy Hollow. When he exploded, I was so happy the greater culture was getting to enjoy him…and then he got weird and his movies weren’t as good. He became a parody of himself, but could still turn in performances what were at least interesting. But then the abuse allegations came out and, for a lot of people, that was enough to finally drop him.

But it’s been hard for me to break up with Johnny Depp….

Read it all at themarysue.com

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Every Marvel Fan Needs This Stan Lee Action Figure

At last! The world’s consciousness awakens and gives a WRITER his due!

Gotta admit it. This TVWriter™ minion can’t imagine continuing living in our wonderful world of the future without this 6″ “Marvel Universe”Stan Lee figure on top of his PC case. Or crammed in my knapsack next to my iPad.

I mean, look at this:

Available wherever profound esoterica is sold. (I found it at the Target store in Seattle’s Pike Plaza.)

Just Between Us Department: We also need a Jack Kirby Action Figure, but that’s highly unlikely because let’s face it, the universe just plain isn’t big enough to contain such Kirbyesque grandeur.

Why the WGA-ATA Showdown Matters

by Larry Brody

Here’s the latest official news on the WGA-ATA Battle of the Writing & Writers’ Agent Stars, direct from the WGA Negotiating Committee.



Here’s how Deadline.Com has reported it:

WGA Makes Its Case For Requiring Agencies To Turn Over Writers’ Contracts and Invoices

Here’s how Deadline.Com has reported the ATA’s response:

Association Of Talent Agents Calls Out WGA Over Demand That Agencies Turn Over Writers’ Contracts

I find the phrase “calls out,” which by its very definition is a statement that what’s being “called out” is a lie, insulting to the Guild and its members. And I know I’m not the only one.

More to come, of course.

In Solidarity,

LB