The Doctor Puppet Sees The Doctor

The Doctor Puppet seems to have attended the BBC America DOCTOR WHO opening in NYC. Here’s his totally unbiased review:

What an amazing show! It was a privilege to hang out on line at the Ziegfeld and wait with hundreds of other fans. I really liked their fashion sense too – lots of tweed and bow ties. The BBC America film crew even interviewed Alisa. I didn’t have much to say though.

The premiere itself was equally thrilling and holding my tongue for the next week is going to be very difficult. Good thing a familiar-looking chap and a lovely ginger made me promise not to spoil anything.

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“Best Cult TV Series Ever, according to “Entertainment Weekly”

EW Picks the Best Cult TV Series Ever. Here’s EW’s Top 10. In at No. 1 Is a British Import – by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Entertainment Weekly has published its choices for the best cult TV series ever. Counting from No. 10 to No. 1, here are EW’s choices. The only show that might be hard to place by some is EW’s choice for the No. 9 slot, “The Comeback.” It was only on one season — 2005 — on HBO and starred Lisa Kudrow.

Dunno if we agree with these choices. For example, we here at TVWeek would put at least these five series in our top 10 of the best cult TV series ever: “Action,” the little known, bitingly funny Hollywood satire that lasted just 13 episodes on Fox in the 1999 season; the long-running HBO comedy “The Larry Sanders Show”; the outstanding ABC series from David Lynch “Twin Peaks,” the sci-fi favorite “The Prisoner,” with Patrick McGoohan, that ran in the 1967-’68 season; and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” starring Darren McGavin, which was on duing the 1974-’75 season.

Here’s EW’s top ten cult TV series of all time:

10. “My So-Called Life.”

9. “The Comeback”

8. “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

7. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

6. “The Wire”

5. “The X-Files”

4. “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

3. “Arrested Development”

2. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

1. “Doctor Who”

Yeah, the new guys are missing but we thought this would be fun

Agree? Disagree? Wanna make something of it? Give us a holler.

Sometimes Even Facebook Has the Most Interesting Things

…Like this, for example, which my friend Jill Weinberger posted the other day:


How many of us can write a full story like this as a casual comment on a social site? Or, for that matter, as an agonized-over work of art?

It’s great being a writer. And knowing other really good writers. You’re one of those, Jill.



What’s the 2012-13 TV Season Going to Bring?

…Well, OldMedia, in the form of The Atlantic (didn’t that used to be The Atlantic Monthly?) has these particular concerns:

Fall TV Preview: Questions About ‘Homeland,’ ‘The Office,’ and More – by Kevin Fallon

It’s been a long summer for those of us waiting to find out how the Pritchetts react to Gloria’s pregnancy on Modern Family. Or whether Victoria Grayson survives the plane crash on Revenge. Or whether shock treatments will thwart Carrie’s breakthrough on Homeland. In other words, it’s been a long summer for most of us. As the new fall TV season gets ready to roll out in the coming six weeks (give or take for some shows), fans and critics are gearing up for the premieres of breakout hits (New GirlOnce Upon a Time), returning favorites (The Walking DeadDownton Abbey), and potential new gems (The New NormalThe Mindy Project). Here are some things to look out for to prepare for their long-awaited debuts:

Can a show survive its backlash?

Will genre series continue to excel?

Have audiences had their fill of sarcastic funny ladies?

Can Modern Family survive the baby curse?

Will breakout shows sustain their momentum?

Is it really the “new normal?”

Is there a new Mad Men?…

How will The Office end?

Read it all to see the details of the discussion

Know what’s great about asking these questions? Unlike so many mysteries in life, every single one of them will be answered. All we have to do is wait.

Crap. We suck at waiting. Frizzlefrazzle…

TVLine Comedy Writing Emmy Poll

Nope, don’t know where the Drama Writing Poll is but hope it shows up soon

TVLine has a poll asking the wonderful – for writers – question:

Emmys 2012: What Should Win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series? – by Michael Slezak

We’ve reached the episode-specific portion of our “Who Should Win” Emmy poll series, so it’s time to hit the rewind button on your internal DVRs to ensure a fully informed voting process. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the race for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. That statuette has gone to writers from Modern Family for two years running, but is certain to change hands in 2012, as the ABC smash was left off the list of nominees in favor of some upstart critical darlings…

What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine episodes when the Emmys are handed out in September? Choose your favorite in our poll below — TVLine voting closes Sept. 14, so act now! — then hit the comments to justify your pick!

What Should Win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series? Community: “Remedial Chaos Theory” Girls: “Pilot” Louie: “Pregnant” Parks And Recreation: “The Debate” Parks And Recreation: “Win, Lose, Or Draw”

Read it all and vote here

Taking advantage of this unusual opportunity (someone caring about our writing preference), we voted for LOUIE “Pregnant.” What about you?