“Extreme Rewriting” isn’t a Sport – Yet. Ouch!

“Hurts so good”:

One Simple and Incredibly Painful Way to Fix Your Novel Draft – by Charlie Jane Anders read article

HOW TO ROCK Showrunner Tells All About Its Cancellation

This is the reason God invented blogs (for all you future showrunners out there):

On The Emmus: How To Rock The Future – by David Israel

Hey, HTR Fans. read article

LB’s Been Scrolling Through the TVWriter™ Message Board

LB: Roger Corman Explains It All

I love this guy. I met him while I was running one of the most enjoyable shows of my career – THE FALL GUY – and he offered me the chance to write and produce any film I wanted with his company…as long as I paid for it. I mean all of it.

In that moment, Roger proved to me that, without a doubt, he had showbiz down. Not that he had to prove anything to anyone, but still… read article

Dan Harmon’s Still Yakking About Grudges He Says He Doesn’t Hold

We’re too bored with Dan’s life to go into everything he told Adam Chitwood in an interview on Collider.Com yesterday, but here’s the part we think is important to those of us who write or want to write TV:

The rumour mill says that Chevy Chase walked off set at the end of filming for Season 3 because he refused to do something. What did he refuse to do?

He refused to do the “tag” for the Digital Estate Planning episode (the 8 bit video game episode). In the scripted tag, Abed comes to Pierce with the thumb drive he took, and says “Pierce, I’ve been able to adjust some of the code for your Dad’s video game and I’ve made a version I think you might like better.” He puts the thumb drive into a laptop in front of Pierce. We cut to the laptop screen, where we see Pierce’s avatar on a front lawn with the giant floating head of Cornelius. Every time Pierce presses the space bar, his avatar throws a baseball to his father’s head, which gives him a thousand points and a “great job, son!” Pierce presses the space bar a few times, pauses, then leans over and embraces Abed and we fade to black. When Adam Countee pitched that tag, tears instantly rolled down my cheeks, and in point of fact, my eyes are getting watery describing it to you. It was the most important part of the episode and possibly one of the most important moments of the season. I was very upset to hear that it wasn’t shot because someone didn’t feel like shooting it, especially since it was literally the last day of shooting, which meant we’d never be able to pick it up. I regret nothing about how upset I got. My job was to care about my show. read article