Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Rule at Paramount

Writers making money! Writers making movies! Writers making demands!

Now that’s what we call a sacred Trinity!

No, they aren’t a romantic couple. Dood’s married to somebody else. (Romantic trio, anybody?)

Paramount Re-Ups Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz And Stephanie Savage – by Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures has re-upped Fake Empire partners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to a first look feature deal that keeps them at the studio through 2014. The duo has been at the studio since 2010.

Deal comes as the shingle’s first Paramount  film, the Schwartz-directed Fun Size, hits theaters October 26, 2012. The film is based on the Black List script by Max Werner about a teen (Victoria Justice) who loses her oddball little brother on Halloween and has one desperate night to track him down. Savage and Schwartz produced with Anonymous Content.

Fake Empire continues its television deal at Warner Bros Television and will have four series on the air in 2012-13 television season, including new series The Carrie Diaries and Cult, as well as Hart Of Dixie and Gossip Girl, which wraps its run after six seasons. Schwartz and Savage have used the arms of the company to cultivate new talent. Amy Harris moved from Gossip Girl to create The Carrie Diaries and Leila Gerstein moved from Gossip Girl writer to Hart Of Dixie creator. Chris Fedak, who with Schwartz hatched the series Chuck, wrote the feature Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. Former WME agent Lis Rowinski is Fake Empire features president and Jay Marcus is features creative exec while ex-WBTV exec Len Goldstein is president of TV production.

Hmm, our roommate just asked if Josh and Stephanie are “nice people.” Which reminded me of a story our boss, LB, tells about his Glen Larson days. “Glen was really upset about us being behind schedule. So upset that he glared at me and said, ‘I’d hire Hitler as a writer if he could deliver on time!’ Then he smiled and poured me another glass of Mondalvi red, ’76.”

So we don’t know what kind of peeps J and S are, but they’re doing well and – lookit those names in the last paragraph above! – seem to be bringing other bright people up with them. In showbiz that makes them very, very “nice” indeed.

Pass the Mondalvi, please.


THAT BITCH is Having a Reunion

…A DAWSON’S CREEK reunion, to be precise:

‘Apartment 23’s’ ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Reunion: Who Else Should Join? – by Lesley Goldberg

ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 will stage a Dawson’s Creek reunion in its second season premiere.

When the comedy co-starring James Van Der Beek returns in October, Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps will cameo as TV JVDB attempts to reunite the Capeside gang, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by, Philipps — like Van Der Beek — will play herself on the ABC comedy. Philipps joined Dawson’s Creek late in its run as Joey’s (Katie Holmes) college roommate and Pacey’s (Joshua Jackson) eventual (troubled) girlfriend with rock star aspirations.

With Apartment 23 producers — and the cast! — both gung-ho to see Jackson, Holmes and Michelle Williams (Jen) guest star, here are five other former Dawson’s Creek stars who would be ripe for comedy.

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Once upon a time we would’ve gotten all up about this kind of casting. Ranted about it being a sign that the writers had no faith in the show, at worst, or no faith in this particular script, at best.

But we’re older now and wiser. Do we get upset when CASTLE references FIREFLY? Nuh-uh. How about when BONES refers to BUFFY? Okay, so BONES doesn’t refer to BUFFY, or even ANGEL, but, dammit, it should.

Because we recognize that TV is all about the actors and their chemistry and the love for them their televised pasts bring to every once and future role they play. We revel in the awareness that this season’s macho swellhead was last year’s nerd. And we love the current characterizations of old favorite stars because we see them as building upon, as well as tossing out, memorable elements of who they once were.

Besides, we’re DAWSON’s freaks. Always have been. The only bitch in this mix is having to wait till October to see this ep.

Don’t Blame the Writers, Blame the Buyers

…Which is to say the studios and production companies. What are we talking about? Glad you asked:

How awesome is Chris Rock? This awesome. Hi Chris! Hi Rihanna!

Chris Rock & Adult Movies – by Scott W. Smith (ScreenwritingFromIowa.Com)

“Most parts in comedy, they’re not written for men. They’re written for, like, boy-men. So it’s cool to play a man-man. They don’t make adult movies anymore. Go to a multiplex. If Sydney Pollack was around today, he’d be directing episodes of ‘True Blood.’”

Chris  Rock

New York Times

August 5, 2012

“Film 2 Days in New York”

Interview with Dave Itzkof
Oh.Those kinds of “adult movies.” Grown-up ones. Not…you know. Dang. Not that we disagree with anything Chris is saying here. He’s one of funniest, brightest, smartest doods in the showbiz galaxy. But we have to point out that this situation doesn’t exist because writers don’t want to write for adults. All the writers we know actually do want just that. No, the situation exists because it’s what the studios want. They simply aren’t buying many men-men vehicles these days.

Production Has Started on New Episodes of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

To be precise, it started yesterday, under the supervision of creator Mitch Hurwitz hisself, with the full original cast expected to participate in the Netflix produced/presented version of the Fox cult series. (Truly a cult fave. Not just words, those.)

Word is that Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, and Tony Hale are all expected to have their new moments in the sun thanks to a concept that calls for each new episode to track one member of the Bluth family, with multiple family members showing up in special episodes.

Look for 10 new eps to be available on Netflix in 2013. And while you’re at it, see if you can manifest a few more. We’re sure concentrating mightily.

Our fists are clenched so tightly that we’re bleeding all over the keyboard. (Aargh!)

The Latest DOCTOR WHO Gadget is a Total Must Have

Look at this thing. Perfect for when you want to give your spouse that special something (so you can really use it yourself):

Read with the Doctor

The Doctor always has a tool for every job. Usually, this tool is the sonic screwdriver. But let’s not ignore the most powerful tool at the Doctor’s disposal: the TARDIS herself. She’s one sexy girl and without her, the Doctor wouldn’t be able to travel through time and space.

We can’t get you a real TARDIS (at least not for a reasonable price), so we decided to get you this TARDIS Book Light instead. If you’re reading in bed and don’t want to disturb your partner or pet, just clip the TARDIS Book Light to your book and aim the TARDIS’ light exactly where you need it. The TARDIS Book Light also comes with a UV pen so you can write secret notes to The Doctor that can only be read by the light of the TARDIS Book Light. It’s perfect for people who hate to put visible marks on their books!

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We’re going to get one and clip it to our yellow pad (sorry, LB) so we can write in the dark. Because what else is there to do, you know, in the dark?