Is this the future of TV writing?

Of course television writers’ relationship with Zoom is love-hate. So’s our relationship with television! And writing! And…

But we digress. Here’s the video:

And a well done related article too:

TV writers, like all of us, are developing a love-hate relationship with Zoom
by Nathan Mattise

Every week now seems to bring news of another Hollywood project being delayed. Sometimes this is because you can’t make money in an empty theater, but it’s just as often due to production halts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of that industry hits pause for now, one crucial segment has not—the writers. Like many of us, they’ve instead become intimately familiar with the inner workings of on-the-job Zoom calls.

“I kind of feel for every aspiring TV writer at home right now due to the pandemic,” said Sera Gamble, showrunner of Netflix’s You (formerly of Supernatural and The Magicians), during this year’s online-only edition of the ATX TV Festival. “They’re trying to write while doing a bunch of other stuff; well, congrats, you’re now in showrunner training. I’ve frequently had to sit down in the past and rewrite a script in a moment that felt like a severe crisis, and sometimes it was a severe crisis. But it feels like that times 10. I have to reset expectations every morning: I wake up, wait a minute before checking my phone, check in with loved ones, and then take the problems of the day as they come… [I tell my writers] ‘You can’t solve what you can’t solve, so what can we get done in the next hour?'”

For this late-addition panel to this year’s ATX TV Festival, Gamble (virtually) joined Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Rec), Melinda Hsu Taylor (Nancy Drew, Lost), and Beth Schwartz (Sweet Tooth, Arrow) to take streamers “Inside the Writers’ (Zoom) Room.” For some, the change came abruptly. Hsu Taylor and her staff had nearly completed both writing and production on the latest season of Nancy Drew when suddenly they had to convert everything to be remote-friendly (she credits doing a Zoom birthday for her son around that time for helping her grasp the basic logistics and experience). Other writers started wholesale in a digital world, like the staff of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. They were five weeks into story-breaking at the time of this panel and hadn’t been together in person at all while working on the upcoming season eight….

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Brighten Your Life with ‘Doctor Who’

It’s been a terrible week in a terrible year, but sometimes distractions can be a good thing, and today we believe we’ve come up with one that will rank with the best:

Doctors Assemble is a new episode made by fans of Doctor Who, co-starring not one or two or even three, but thirteen different Doctors, and you don’t have to feel guilty about watching and enjoying it because it’s legally licensed from the BBC.

Here’s how the folks at the Doctor Who: LOCKDOWN YouTube Channel put it:

Planet Earth is in terrible danger. Trapped inside the TARDIS, the Doctor calls upon some familiar faces to help save the day…

#DoctorsAssemble was home-produced remotely during the ‘lockdown’ period of the COVID-19 outbreak in May 2020.

All involved in the making of this video contributed their time and talent for free. If you enjoyed it, it would great if you could consider making a donation to The Film and TV Charity’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, to support the creative community which has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

To learn more and make a donation, the place to go is here:

Time now to acknowledge the team that put this together:


Written by JAMES GOSS

The First Doctor – DAVID BRADLEY
The Third Doctor – JON CULSHAW
The Fourth Doctor – JON CULSHAW
The Fifth Doctor – JON CULSHAW
The Seventh Doctor – WINK TAYLOR
The Ninth Doctor – PETE WALSH
The Eleventh Doctor – JACOB DUDMAN
The Twelfth Doctor – JONATHON CARLEY
The Thirteenth Doctor – DEBRA STEPHENSON

VFX & Video Editing – ROB BAINES
Audio Editing – SCOTT HANDCOCK

Produced by EMILY COOK

#DoctorWho is licensed by the BBC. All rights belong to the rightful copyright holders.

Staying in the TARDIS

A website devoted to coming up with Doctor Who Things to Do while we’re hunkered down to survive the current pandemic? Sounds just fine to us. Here’s what’s happening on that very website as of Week 5.


Welcome to Staying in the TARDIS. There’s amazing things out there in the universe, but life at home can be an adventure too. Here inside the TARDIS each week we’ll have fun challenges to do at home – activities such as recipes, printable colouring sheets and word searches from the vortex. There’ll even be some special treats too! Get exploring, it’s bigger on the inside after all…


Make Your Own TARDIS

For this week’s #StayingInTheTARDIS challenge we want to see you create your own TARDIS – using things you’ve got at home, get creative! Whether it’s drawn or built, police box or time rotor, can you build your own time travelling machine? Show us your Type 40 time capsules on Twitter and Instagram, by tagging it with #StayingInTheTARDIS. We’ll share some of our favourites on our social media pages!



FREE: The Fourth Doctor #1

Thanks to Titan Comics you can download the very first issue in The Fourth Doctor adventures for FREE! You can redeem the comic from comiXology by logging in using your existing comiXology or Amazon account and using the promotional code ‘DOC04’.* JELLY BABY?

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…Even if you’ve never been arrested!

Expert Advice from a Former Federal Agent
via Script Reader Pro

Thankfully, screenwriting isn’t just about “writing what you know.” It’s obviously also about creating and recreating worlds that you might have zero experience of.

So let’s say you want to write a script that involves a crime scene or police investigation scene… But you’ve never been involved with law enforcement.

Many aspiring writers don’t see a problem here. They just dive into writing the script—and fill in the blanks using their imagination.

They feel that because they’ve watched so many police procedural shows, they have a good enough idea of how crime scene investigators operate.

The vast majority then wind up suffering from a severe lack of believability.

Professional writers take a different tack.

They do research.

Writing a crime scene or a whole police investigation script with all the correct details in place will help make for a better story and, ultimately, a better chance of a sale.

Introducing Kirk Flashner: a law enforcement technical advisor…

One way of doing this is to enlist the help of a professional advisor who can read your script and let you know what you’re getting right in your crime scene and what you’re getting wrong.

If you’re writing a crime-based feature script or TV show, you should definitely consider hiring the expert services of a guy like Kirk Flashner.

For almost 27 years he was officially employed as a Federal Agent for the United States Government. He is now a technical advisor for film and TV—reviewing scripts to ensure technical accuracy for law enforcement practices and procedures.

Kirk has been kind enough to make a list of the more common misconceptions he finds in scripts when it comes to police investigation scenes and you can find his contact details at the end of the post….


Best Showbiz Cartoon of the Month So Far

NOTE FROM LB: This strip  from Thursday, May 7, 2020’s Funky Winkerbeat, may appear to be just another showbiz cliche, but in fact you’re looking at ans absolutely real, non-apocryphal situation.

I know because I’ve lived through at least half a dozen similar meetings, all with the same punchline.

You can find Funky at Comics Kingdom, among many other online places and offline ones too. (The latter are known as newspapers.