Toxic Television

How our fellow creatives, in this case cartoonists, see those of us who toil in the vineyards of various and sundry media – including not only TV but also cartooning itself.

via Mike Peterson and

Paul Fell comments on an extremely toxic part of the world we’ve built. read article

Herbie J Pilato on the Many Lives of Irene Tsu

Veteran actor ‘s memoir reflects on her life in Hollywood.
by Herbie J Pilato

Actor/writer Irene Tsu has made her mark.

On television, the stage, and film, and behind-the-scenes, Tsu has stood firm on principle. With versatility and an upbeat perspective, she remains fearless in her life pursuits and experience of happiness.

Cultured, educated, and talented, she continues to revel in a remarkable life and career. And she’s chronicled it all in a compelling memoir: A Watercolor Dream: The Many Lives of Irene Tsu. read article

Kathryn Graham: A Writer’s Manifesto

by Kathryn Graham

LB’S NOTE: Kathryn Graham is one of the bravest and most outspoken human beings we know, as well as a TVWriter™ Contributing Editor. It’s been way too long since we heard from her, but we’re certainly glad to see her here today. Find out more about Kate HERE

All our pictures of Kate seem to be taken in cars. No, we don’t know why. Yes, we’re afraid to ask.

If I ever finish a book, you’re gonna see a cast of mostly if not exclusively queer women.

I’m not going to let anyone convince me that’s not “realistic” and even if it isn’t, I don’t give a single solitary damn. read article

LB Sees ‘The Wire’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

by Larry Brody

Until last night, the best TV show I’d ever hated was THE WIRE.

Don’t get me wrong, the series, which originally ran June 2, 2002 to March 9, 2008 and now is streaming on Hulu,  is a creative wonder. Gritty scripts, acting that makes the Italian neo-realist actors look like amateurs,wonderful music…oh hell, wonderful everything.

But it’s all too wonderful for me. Too realistic. Too gritty. After seeing the first three episodes I found myself unable to shake the feeling of living in THE WIRE’s universe. read article

Herbie J Pilato Reminds Us That ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’ Once was a Thing

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part 2 of TVWriter™ Classic TV Day. Part 1 is below it…because, as strange as it may be, that’s how the interwebs work.)

The NEW Dick Van Dyke Show – 50 Years Later
by Herbie J Pilato

Ten years after The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted on CBS, October 3, 1961, The New Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS, September 18, 1971. read article