Larry Brody’s TV Writing Tips & Tricks #14 – Description, Description, Description!

by Larry Brody

Looking for more detailed info on TV Writing? Then this is for you!

Over the past several years I’ve noticed a running battle on all Message Boards, Bulletin Boards, Facebook Groups, you-name-it about screen and/or television writing. That battle is about how much to describe the action and settings in your script.

I can’t speak for feature films (although my theory there, which I’ve stated in other writings, is that everyone might as well emulate Shane Black, the most successful spec script writer/seller in history. Read something he’s written and then do the same), but I know television. read article

WGAW March 2021 Calendar

Here’s what going on, socially and professionally,  at the Writers Guild of America West this month:

March 2021


Members must RSVP in advance to receive access info to participate in online events. read article

Herbie J Pilato on ‘Alias Smith & Jones’

Pete Duel, Ben Murphy, Roger Davis

Still Charming After 50 years
by Herbie J Pilato

In the history of television westerns, Alias Smith and Jones stands out from the pack.

The small screen answer to the 1969 Paul Newman/Robert Redford feature film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Alias Smith and Jones combined a seriocomic premise and tone, entertaining stories, witty dialogue, ground-breaking cinematography, and likable performances.

The one-hour series presented a new form of TV western which was generated by the 1970 ABC TV-movie The Young Country produced by Universal Studios. read article

Last Week’s Most Important Cord Cutting Developments – 3/2/2021

Cord Cutters News gives us the latest on the cord cutting front. This time around: AT&T’s New Deal, Paramount+ Details, New Disney+ Dates, and More!

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Why HBO Max is Embracing Adult Animation Big-Time

Because it’s so damn much cheaper than live action, that’s why. Here’s Leslie Goldberg’s take on the deets.

Clone High

by Leslie Goldberg

When HBO Max paid an estimated $500 million for exclusive domestic streaming rights to South Park back in 2019 it was for a very good reason. The Comedy Central series, owned by ViacomCBS, was to be been the cornerstone of the WarnerMedia-backed streamer’s adult animation slate, which is now coming into sharper focus.

On Feb. 10, HBO Max — also overseen by HBO content chief Casey Bloys — went straight to series on three adult animated comedies: a revival of MTV darling Clone High (picked up for two seasons), Scooby-Doo prequel Velma and original idea Fired on Mars. Four more adult animated shows — from the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Ed Helms and Brian Michael Bendis — were also put into HBO Max’s development pipeline. The trio of new series joins a slate that already includes Harley Quinn (which broke out after arriving on a bigger platform from niche streamer DC Universe) and the upcoming new takes on GremlinsThe Boondocks and original entry The Prince. An adult-focused Game of Thrones animated series is also on the table for the streamer. read article