There’s a reason we call “Classic TV” by that very term, and Michael Coate’s remembrance of one of the most successful innovations in TV history (so successful that now, 60 years later, very few viewers understand how innovative it really was) is every bit as classic as its subject matter.

by Michael Coates

(LB’s NOTE: Our thanks to pal Herbie J Pilato for calling our attention to this “classic article.”) read article

Stephanie Bourbon on the Things Successful Writers Do

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, reminds us of what it takes for successful writers to get that way. Just the refresher course so many of us need.

No, we’re not saying specifically who but y’all know who you are….

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Larry Brody’s TV Writing Tips & Tricks #1

Outlining & Writer’s Block
by Larry Brody

One of the big differences between beginning writers and “old pros” is that beginning writers are always telling me how much they love sitting down at the keyboard and “winging” their scripts, while the pros invariably stress the importance of having a good outline before they start writing.

As an “elder statesman” myself, I’ve tried both methods, and outlining your story is the way to go. In television we spend as much time on the outline as we do on all drafts of the script combined. read article

Last Week’s Most Important Cord Cutting Developments

Cord Cutters News gives us the latest on the cord cutting front. HBO Max Lands on Fire TV, Hulu Price Hikes, Pluto TV Channels, & More!

Cord Cutters Video Channel: https://twitter.com/CordCuttersNews
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Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #123 “Rosie Joins Us on the Mountain”

THE USUAL NOTE FROM LB: From the summer of 2002 to  the spring of 2010, Gwen the Beautiful and I were the proud and often exhausted owners of a beautiful Ozarks property we called Cloud Creek Ranch.

In many ways, the ranch was paradise. But it was a paradise with a price that started going up before we even knew it existed. Here’s another Monday musing about our adventure and the lessons we learned.

Oh, and if y’all detect any irony, please believe me when I say it comes straight from the universe and not your kindly Uncle Larry B. read article