Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published First


This week’s collection of recent articles from other websites about TV, TV writing, TV biz, etc., etc. is as diverse as its disparate origins can make it.

As usual, the plan here is for you to click on the headlines over the excerpts below and visit the site to read the posts in full…and if anybody asks, tell ’em TVWriter™ sentcha, okay?

We Look at How HBO’s WESTWORLD Acts as an Apt Allegory for Modern Television
by Vytautas Jokupbaitis

Nine episodes into the first season of Westworld, one thing has become perfectly clear by now – this show is many things. Sparking countless fan theories and internet discussion, it has demonstrated the writers’ excellent understanding of how to create an engaging television series for this day and age. This is not an article about the theories or speculation – the first season is almost over and the puzzle is beginning to assemble itself. Knowing full well that keeping a mystery is incredibly hard to impossible with all social media platforms hollering theories about the show, the creators of Westworld has written the show specifically with the intention of sparking such theories. Having that in mind, we can ask ourselves something else; did the fictional creators of the theme park also design it the same way that a television writer designs a series?…

Writing Alone by
Ken Levine

Writing alone is a lonely enterprise and having the social interaction of a partner or writing room can make the process a lot more fun and (if you have the right partner/room) expedient.

But what if you have to write alone? How do you develop the discipline to face the tyranny of the blank screen?

This is a task made even more difficult these days because we have the internet and worse, Pokeman Go….

‘American Housewife’ has sharp writing, likeable cast
by Brooke Cain

New show: American Housewife

When and Where: 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC

Cast: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Ali Wong, Carly Hughes, Daniel DiMaggio, Meg Donnelly, Julia Butters

Premise: A middle class family rents a home in upscale Westport, Conn., to take advantage of the good public schools. But the stay-at-home mom, Katie, doesn’t want her three kids to be like the shallow, vain people in the town (it could be too late for a couple of them).

Verdict: Very funny. The pilot is mostly about how the mom doesn’t want her overweight neighbor to move because then she’ll be “the second fattest housewife in Westport,”…

Bestselling author, former TV writer to discuss new book
by Lois Alter Mark

As soon as Maria Semple, author of the wildly successful “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starts talking, it’s easy to see who inspired her beloved character.

She’s down-to-earth, self-deprecating and hilarious, which readers will discover for themselves when she reads from her new book, “Today Will Be Different,” at the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Guild’s October Author Talk on Oct. 24 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe….

That’s it for now. Seeya next week!