Most Watched TV Series from 1951-2019

Some of the visualizations here are a bit off, but it’s fascinating to these ratings over the years, especially how new broadcast and cable networks changed…well, they changed everything.

Extraordinary!

Oh, here’s a bonus we found, also very cool.

Both videos came from Data Broz

10 Editing Tips That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer

Grammarcheck.Net continues to delight us with its helpful tips for writers of all media.

BIG THANKS TO GRAMMARCHECK

There will be a time after this when…

Nathan Bransford, one of TVWriter™’s favorite writers and writing consultants is here with some thoughts about the fear many (all?) of us are living with right now.


by Nathan Bransford

One of the things I’ve noticed lately is that amidst the pandemic I’ve started worrying a ton about very small things.

Tiny intricacies of my business. Whether I should have used this or that word in an email. Whether I took too long to respond to a text.

I have plenty of big things to worry about! But for some reason these little nuisances are the things that keep me up at night.

It’s almost like my brain is grasping to find things to worry about that are actually within my control. All of my stress about the gigantic stuff that’s out of my hands is being dumped onto things that really don’t merit the weight.

On the one hand, this is a recipe for feeling super crazy. I know these aren’t things I would be worrying about in a more normal time and that disconnect can be maddening.

On the other hand… it’s actually kind of useful. It’s motivating me to make changes that will hopefully improve my business and make me a better person.

Fears can be useful

One of the things I learned when I was writing the Jacob Wonderbar series was that fear can be a really useful tool….

Read it all at nathanbransford.com


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How To Write Strong, Diverse Characters

Looking for a new perspective on diversity? Here it is.


by Tennyson E. Stead

Until my brain injury in 2013, I lived my life as a cis-gendered white male. Apart from my experience with disability, which I admit was eye-opening, I’m about as diversity-challenged as a human being can get. I went to boarding school, for crying out loud. Nevertheless, my approach to writing characters has earned me a reputation as someone who provides fantastic performance opportunities to underrepresented people.

Mastering these techniques has taken me more than a decade of practice, but it’s the kind of practice that puts focus on the specificity and the structural integrity of my screenwriting in general. Teaching the core principles that make a screenwriter successful when it comes to representing diversity won’t take us very long at all. To a large degree, that’s because these ideas are not even a little bit complicated. Please, don’t be intimidated by them.

ACTION AND MOTIVATION

In film, characters are defined by the mission that drives them and the details of how they go about achieving their goal in the face of adversity. Because this article is not about the fundamentals of screenwriting, I’m going to refer anyone who needs that information to a blog post I’ve written called “WHY I PASSED ON THAT SCREENPLAY.” If you’re new to screenwriting, if you struggle with what “active writing” means in film, or if you’re challenged by the boundaries between screenwriting and other writing fields like journalism or literature, this article is going to help you out. In fact, I’d recommend this article to anyone who can’t give me a fast, working definition of the words “action” and “motivation” as they pertain to acting.

Why is this relevant? When writers start fussing over the pitfalls of speaking for another culture or demographic, all that structure and all that experience goes out the window. Instead, writers bog themselves down in questions about the meaning of this or that passive character trait. Meaning is a function of action. Giving your character a mission that’s urgent, deeply personal, and nigh impossible is your ladder out of the bottomless pit that is Hollywood’s track record when it comes to representing diversity….

Read it all at stage32.com

Film Making Doesn’t End with the Writer & Director

There are those – including our Beloved Leader, Larry Brody – who believe that cinematographers are every bit as responsible for the creative success of a film (or TV show) as writers and directors. Hmm, come to think of it, this TVWriter™ minion cant’ come up with the name of anybody in the biz who disagrees.

Here’s all you need to know about what Oscar winning cinematographers do and how they do it.


From Collider’s YouTube channel