Herbie J Pilato: Happy 50th Anniversary to 1971 and the Special “Fall Preview” Edition of TV GUIDE

How Life Flashed Before My Eyes in Front of the TV
by Herbie J Pilato

For many, the 1950s is considered television’s “Golden Age.” But as far as I’m concerned, that era expanded in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time I was born and raised in my hometown of Rochester, New York.

As fate would have it, Rochester was one of the test market areas for TV Guide. Who knew, right? I certainly didn’t, not while I was reading and loving every page of the latest edition of that magazine, every week.

I very much looked forward to buying TV Guide every seven days. I would run, not walk, but RUN to the corner store every end-of-summer to purchase the special, expanded FALL PREVIEW issue. read article

Latinx Writers Committee Offers Hope Despite Barriers

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Writers Guild of America West brings us the following news.


Latinx Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the contributions of Latinx people to American society. In Hollywood, where Latinx writers face systemic barriers to employment, advocates argue that the community has untapped potential for much greater cultural influence. The WGAW Latinx Writers Committee (LWC) is one group looking to unleash that potential. As Latinx writers continue to knock at opportunity’s door, the LWC is focused on giving them the tools to succeed once they get a foothold.

“Our committee is made up of over 200 Latinx film and TV writers, and we have many at the lower levels who are entering the Guild through a fellowship program, or getting promoted, or staffing for the first time,” says LWC Co-chair Danny Tolli. “It’s all wonderful and exciting but what ends up happening is, at the end of their 20 weeks, they’re not asked back and then they’re forced to repeat levels. We have one writer who was stuck repeating staff writer for five shows. read article

LB: Speaking of the 2021 Emmys…

by Larry Brody

This year, the Television Academy pushed for diversity in many ways, including delivering more POC as Emmy presenters and (I’m pretty sure) nominees than ever before.

Yet every winning actor – and let’s be real here, actors are the public face of both the Emmy and Oscarcasts –  was white. I suppose I should be happy that at least the voting members of the Academy are watching more than just the broadcast networks these days, but still, what I find myself feeling is:

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2021 Emmy Award Winning Writers

And now, because it’s the right thing to do (and you can see the other winners just about anywhere), here they are, the really big Emmy winners for this year. That’s right, we’re talking about the WRITERS!


Hacks, “There Is No Line (Pilot)”
Written by Lucia Aniello, Written by Paul W. Downs, Written by Jen Statsky


 I May Destroy You
Written by Michaela Coel read article

Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #167 – “Jack Daniel’s Ready-to-Wear”

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. read article