Never let it be said that we here at TVWriter™ aren’t at least as obsessed with TV as those who drop by to visit. TeamTVWriter has been busy analyzing the data from this year’s entries and today’s astounding discoveries are:
The most popular series to spec was MODERN FAMILY, with twice as many entries as
The second most popular series to spec, which was THE MIDDLE, which just squeaked past
The third most popular series to spec, also known as PARKS & RECREATION
Other oft-entered specs, albeit (always happy for a chance to use that word) not in the same league with even the lowest placing of the above, were:
BIG BANG THEORY
THE BIG C
THE WALKING DEAD
Anyone notice a trend here? Like, out of the top 12 shows specced, only 2 dramas?
Drama writers of the web, arise! WTF has happened to you?
Desi Arnaz, Heather McNair, and Automan himself, Chuck Wagner.
This is only three-fifths of the original AUTOMAN cast. Missing are Bob Lansing and Gerald S. O’Laughlin, who couldn’t make the reunion because they don’t breathe anymore.
Also not pictured are “Cursor,” Automan’s sidekick/tool (think the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver if it behaved like Harpo Marx), and the Autocar:
And, no, neither Cursor nor the Autocar ever breathed.
I did drive the Autocar around LA – just a little – and learned that if you wanted to pick up women, it was God’s Greatest Gift. But if all you wanted to do was look at them, forget it. They’d look back and come running, and I’d have to hit that accelerator and get my embarrassed self away.
Okay, we admit it. Usually we hate these sniveling puff pieces. But these are showrunners. Writers. Talking about their shows. And how to write them. And everyone knows that writer P.R. is, well, every bit as sacred as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Or something like that.
Killed Characters, Fired Bosses and Canceled Shows: TV’s Top Drama Showrunners Tell All
On a sunny morning in early May, six of television’s busiest showrunners enjoyed that rarest of luxuries: two hours away from writers rooms, sets and, most frightening, blank computer screens. Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), 45, Howard Gordon(Homeland), 51, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal), 42, Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), 44,Veena Sud (The Killing), 45, and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), 52, run some of the most powerful and critically lauded drama series on TV. In a candid discussion about the pressures of their jobs, The Hollywood Reporter heard how some have killed off popular characters, how Mazzara coped with replacing his bossFrank Darabont, the rave reviews Gilligan receives from addicts for his spot-on meth recipes and Gordon’s struggle — shared by the others — to live a life despite “being perpetually haunted by these stories.”
Are you a Netflix customer who feels like you don’t always get the most of your $7.99/month for unlimited streaming video? Well, one man decided to put Netflix and himself to the test by watching more than 400 hours of video in a month.
In the first week alone, he watched 60 films for a total of 95.55 hours. In fact, he says he didn’t leave his Queens apartment for a stretch of 155 hours that week, though he did manage to get Jason London, star of the Richard Linklater classic Dazed and Confused to pop by and provide running commentary on the film — and a shoulder rub.
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Well, not quite that annoyingly or smugly, but if you’re suitable for the gig you get the point.
You can work from home, or if you live in the Seattle area you can come over to TVWriter™ central and hang once in awhile. (Speaking of annoyingly smug, that “TVWriter™” thing certainly fits the bill, doesn’t it? Sorry.)
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