Everyone’s Favorite Zip Code – Well…

And now, TVWriter™ proudly presents another edition of the Better Late Than Never Dept. as Guest Contributor The Hudsonian turns back the clock to:

Original cast photo for this very episode!

90210 – Season 4 Episode 1
A Review 

**This episode originally aired in September 2011. If you are unfamiliar with the series, turn away to avoid spoilers, or bleeding corneas.**

Everyone’s favorite zip code is back!  Are we happy about this? Should we be?

The gang from West Beverly High takes its talents, er, baggage, to college. Some of them anyway.  We ended season 3 with the news that Naomi was preggers with Max’s love child. As this ep begins, turns out, she’s not. (You didn’t see THAT coming? Shame on you for not knowing how predictable this show is.) Max is overjoyed and Naomi is upset he feels this way. She’s then awakened by a stewardess on the way back to California.

Upon return to the sunshine and hopes of immense popularity at CU, Naomi realizes life in college isn’t like high school. Shocker. She then buys a big house and throws a big party – which gets shut down – to overcompensate.

Liam returns from a summer of deep-sea fishing, one in which he never called Annie. (Can you blame him? He’s knee deep in fish guts and Krakken attacks. Oh, right. That’s only in the movies. This is TV. ) Annie’s clearly not happy about it but still loves the bastard. So he proposes. She says no. (Again, you’re shocked?) So Liam gets drunk and buys a bar with his fishing trip money.

Dixon is homeless because Navid pranked him by switching his residency status to female, and he ends up fighting over a 2 bedroom beach house with Austin, the sexy cowboy that becomes the object of Naomi’s affection – but for now, the cramp in her menstruating side – as the season progresses. Dixon and Austin compromise and become roommates. Aw.

Silver and Navid are looking forward to living together alone, but they get an unexpected surprise when Navid’s younger sister refuses to move to Switzerland with their parents. (Why’d they move? Navid’s dad is shamed as a porn tycoon who hired underage chicas for talent, of  course. Leila becomes a nuisance (what teenager ISN’T?) and really gets under their skin when she lets Adrianna into Silver’s house. Silver is piiiiiiiiiiiissed.

Oh, and Ivy and Raj got married at the end of Season 3 because he’s dying of cancer, and now he’s too sick to do anything. Another shocker. Sure.

Naomi is easily the best character in this show. Her blend of entitlement and arrogance fits well with her constant need for love and affection and her mother hen demeanor towards her friends. (She has all the money, so of course she’s going to take care of them.) When she’s introduced to Austin, she hates him because he’s just like her: a spoiled brat who suddenly finds himself not getting what he wants.

Let’s face it; this series is designed for young adolescents who are oblivious to what good television is. Written by adult writers who try to make sure there’s a little something for all of us to enjoy here in the target demo everyone’s favorite zip code.

Sometimes they even succeed.

munchman Sees LOUIE S03 E02

That loving “after the BJ” moment we all know so well

“I’m glad she was able to parlay an Academy Award into a part on a TV show where she blows Louis C.K. In a car.”

Todd Barry on Melissa Leo’s appearance on LOUIE, as reported by Anna Peele of Esquire.Com.

So this season’s going to be all about sex? Or will it escalate to the War Between the Sexes?

The first, I can enjoy. The second, I live with everyday. And as a guy, I know I’ve already lost.

Wait, here’s my serious problem with this season now that we’re 2 episodes in. So far, I haven’t seen anything new to me. Tightly written, maybe even brilliantly written relationship/sex moments that you don’t see anywhere else (although Judd Apatow sometimes tries), but still, they’re moments I’ve lived and thoughts (I’m afraid to claim them as “insights”) I’ve had.

But during the first 2 seasons I was always being – Surprise! – introduced to new realities viewed by Louis C.K. in ways I’d never come up with. And I loved heading down those winding but so, so, so real paths. Are we going to veer off that way again, Louie? I wanna play in the woods.


GRAVITY FALLS Creator on How He Got Started and Other Neat Things

You too can make it big. All it takes is – talent, talent, hard work, hard work, talent, and…you know.

Creator Alex Hirsch Talks GRAVITY FALLS, How He Ended Up Making a Show for the Disney Channel, His Love for TV Animation and More
by Christina Radish

The Disney Channel animated comedy series Gravity Falls, from creator/executive producer/writer/director Alex Hirsch, follows city kids Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter) and Mabel Pines (voiced by Kristen Schaal), who are sent to spend the summer with their eccentric Great Uncle Stan, aka Grunkle Stan (voiced by Hirsch), who runs a tourist trap called The Mystery Shack in a remote northwestern town where nothing is what it seems.  With creatures in the forest, monsters in the lake and time travel a possibility, things get very interesting for the twins as they quickly realize they need each other, in order to unlock the secrets of the quirky and mysterious town.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, CalArts graduate Alex Hirsch talked about what initially interested him in animation, how he ended up creating a show for the Disney Channel, what inspired the idea for Gravity Falls, how his relationship with his own twin sister growing up is really what’s at the heart of this show, the craziest summer experience that he’s personally had, the process for deciding the look of the show and characters, and how his family feels about being represented on the show.  He also talked about what he loves about television animation, and how he’d love to branch out and do an adult animated series, at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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The most helpful article you’ll read this weekend. Guaranteed. Count us in as fans of Alex Hirsch, GRAVITY FALLS, and Collider.Com.

EDITED TO ADD: Those of you who are always curious about how people get started should be especially interested in this. We know we were:

How did you end up getting the series on the air?

HIRSCH:  Disney approached me.  I was working at Cartoon Network, at the time, on a show called Flapjack, and a Disney executive, Mike Moon, just cold-called me.  He’d seen one of my student films and really liked it, and said, “Would you like to develop a show for the Disney Channel?”  I hadn’t thought about developing a show for the Disney Channel, but I thought, “Maybe this is the place that would be interested in my weird Twin Peaks meets The Simpsonsseries.  From the moment that I pitched it to them until now, I’ve just been really surprised and really grateful for the fact that they’ve embraced it.  They never tinkered with it.  They never said, “Add a talking race car,” or anything like that.  They’ve respected and been excited by my vision, the whole way through.  I’m very fortunate.

Just When You Thought You’d Seen the Dullest Possible Series…

…Along comes – tada! – J.Lo:

Jennifer Lopez Developing Drama Project for ABC Family
by Philiana Ng

ABC Family is looking to get into business with Jennifer Lopez.

Under Nuyorican Productions, the American Idol judge is developing an untitled hourlong drama project for the younger-female-skewing cable network centered on a lesbian couple, who already has several children, bringing a teenager into their home…

Lopez will serve as an executive producer on the project along with Simon Fields, GregGugliotta (Beautiful Girl), as well as co-creators/writersPeter Paige and Brad Bredeweg (Fly Girls).

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Aw, our little girl’s all growed up… Not J.Lo, ABC Family. Congratulations on entering the 21st Century, ABC Family…just a tad too late for it to matter.

Alternate Comment that we discarded: Just imagine yourself pitching this. Now try it without the smirk. Go ahead…

Soap Opera Ratings Report

…Because (seriously) some of our best friends are soap writers:

Not written in Japanese

Soap Opera Ratings: ‘The Young & the Restless’ & ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Rebound; ‘Days of Our Lives’ Ties Series Lows in Women 18-49
Written By Robert Seidman

Soap Opera Ratings for the week of June 25-29, 2012

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,543,000 (+272,000/+25,000)
2. B&B 3,338,000 (+198,000/+438,000)
3. DAYS 2,329,000 (-47,000)
4. GH 2,277,000 (-145,000/+78,000)

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We think it’s interesting that Mr. Seidman gets a credit for “writing” this. And appropriate. Of course.