Another TVWriter™ Contest Winner Scores

High-fivin’ like Egyptians, yeah!

TVWriter™ is proud to give this congratulatory shout-out to Ryan Harris, whose teleplays, THE GLADES: A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE and JUSTIFIED: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN came in 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the Action/Drama/Dramedy Division of the 2011 Spec Scriptacular. We’ve just learned that Ryan is a staff writer on NBC’s new drama, CHICAGO FIRE, which debuts tonight, October 10th, at 10 PM (9 PM Central).

Big congrats, Ryan. Take a bow!

Most gratifying for all of us here were these Very Important Words from Ryan:

…The reason I stuck to my guns in this business was in large part because of your mentorship and the great community of like minded souls you gathered together!

Ryan also tells us about another Big Moment that occurred this last spring. He got married!

Big congrats on that one, too, bud! (But not as big as on the CHICAGO FIRE gig because marriage is, you know, Real Life, and by definition not nearly as important in the Scheme of Things as, um, TV.)

Kidding, kidding. (Please, don’t tell LB.)

This has been terrific news, Ryan. We’re as excited for you as we can be!

“The Fien Print” on NBC’S CHICAGO FIRE

Dick Wolf shoots – but does he score? Let’s ask Daniel Fienberg:

Take Me To The Pilots ’12: NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ – by Daniel Fienberg

The Pitch:“Let’s do a network-friendly version of ‘Rescue Me.'” “So ‘Rescue Me’ only without the mature themes, instantly vivid characters, boundary-pushing language and humor?” “Yup. Those weren’t exactly essential, were they?” “As long as we’ve got fires, it’s all good.”

Quick Response: A couple years back — I remember this and maybe one or two viewers do as well — NBC had an EMT drama called “Trauma.” It had strong production values and a very solid cast and it was the kind of show which, if it had had a cable show’s interest in character, could have possibly worked. Instead, I tuned out after three or four increasingly generic episodes. [I heard “Trauma” got a little better towards the end, but I needed something sooner.] Well, the Dick Wolf produced “Chicago Fire” is like “Trauma,” only even more desperately in need of a cable sensibility, especially given how well similar terrain was covered in “Rescue Me.” Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the “Chicago Fire” has at least one decently executed inferno sequence that might really be a nail-biter if you cared an iota about any of the characters whose lives are ostensibly in jeopardy. Dick Wolf dramas have often struggled with the need/imperative to display deserved respect for the people in difficult and honorable professions, while simultaneously capturing the colorful ways people in those professions act. Here, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas’ script gets bogged down in firehouse jurisdictional squabbles and barely sketched character details and then wallows in an even more frustrating self-seriousness. Jesse Spencer, battling an accent that probably should be dropped entirely, suffers most from the pilot’s earnestness…

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When you read on you’ll get to the section Fien calls “Desire To Watch Again,” in which he writes the magical 1-word sentence: “Very little.” DF, we have a very great desire to “watch” the next thing you write. Your reviews let us know that we aren’t alone in expecting just a tad more than we seem to get.