LB & munchman: Top 10 TV & Interweb Series of 2012

We think you’re gonna be surprised by these picks:

“Well written, amazingly produced, the best of indie TV.” LB
neil's puppet dreams the restaurant

“Limited resources. Unlimited Creativity. Take a bow, Felicia Day.” LB
felicia day the guild

“Wonderfully useless. Funny guys being as funny as they can be.” munchman
comedians in jerry seinfeld cars

“Batman without a costume & working for Alfred. What’s not to love?” munchman


“The King of Badass.” LB & munchman

Uh-oh, this, unfortunately, is as far as we could go and still sort of agree.

For #6, LB chose BBC’s INSPECTOR LEWIS (“The epitome of British bucolic mystery” according to LB), but munchman wanted to go with Fox’s FRINGE (“At last, a show that thinks the way I do, only more positive about its negativity,” is how munchman put it).

After that we just started shouting and waving our arms and threatening each other’s lives so, um, that’s it. TVWriter™’s short list of Top 10 series for 2012.

Seeya next year!

J.J. Abrams Scores Again?

…Except that we foresee years of litigation on this particular idea because, exciting as it is (and we think it is) we know of at least one literary estate and one literary figure who’ve already done wonderful versions of the same thing:

Fringe‘s J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman Reunite for Robot Cop Drama – by Robyn Ross (TVGuide.Com)

J.J. Abrams will reunite with his Fringe producer J.H. Wyman on an upcoming project for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The upcoming pilot is a futuristic cop drama set in a not-so-distant future when Los Angeles police officers are partnered up with human-like androids. Wyman will write the script and executive produce along with Abrams and Bryan Burk.

Fringe Trailer: Why is Walter all bloody?

Abrams and Wyman are currently wrapping up their final season of Fringe, while Abrams is launching his newest series, NBC’s Revolution, this fall.

Our recollection – augmented by LB’s still strong memory – is that this is the basic premise of Isaac Asimov’s two best (in our opinion) novels, Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, each set in the  I, Robot universe and about a crime being solved by a human police detective and his robot partner. And LB recalls that Harlan Ellison had a similar project, either as a short story or a TV deal, way back in the century that came before this one. Attorneys, start your engines!

Learn How to Write by Watching Good Stuff

Amazon Prime wants everyone to know that it’s now streaming FRINGE and THE WEST WING. (And nobody else is, nah, nah.)

These are two of the best written shows ever on TV, yet written entirely differently. Inspiring this advice to new television writers:

  • Watch
  • Listen
  • Get hold of some scripts for the shows and compare so you can see what parts of the actual writing worked and what parts didn’t…and make sure you understand why

FRINGE Star Knows How It Ends

Joshua Jackson: I know how ‘Fringe’ ends
by Rick Porter

“Fringe” will have its biggest Comic-Con stage ever on Sunday (July 15) when the cast and producers greet fans in the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H. And it’s likely just about all those fans will want to know about the show’s ending.

They can ask series star Joshua Jackson — because he says he knows where “Fringe’s” final season is headed.

“My show being what it is, I can’t tell you, but we have a really distinct … and very cool wrapping up of the entire series,” Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter in a pre-Comic-Con roundtable with several other actors.

That’s something of a surprise, as in the past the “Fringe” powers that be tended to keep story details secret, even from the cast. Jackson says showrunner J.H. Wyman “has been kind of shockingly forthcoming, because our show is usually pretty impenetrable. But this is the last year, and I guess it’s a new leaf. He was like, ‘I want everybody engaged. I want everybody to know exactly what they’re doing.'”

Read it all

Well, well, well, did you know that Joshua Jackson runs this show? That what he wants (for everybody to be “engaged…to know exactly what they’re doing”) is the key to the entire series? We’ll bet J.J. Abrams didn’t know it either.

God, we wish we knew how to write fluff.

Or even read it.

EDITED TO ADD: Anna Torv knows how it ends too, which leads us to believe that all the stars do. Probably because the writing-producing staff wants them to be “engaged.” Read Anna Torv’s interview

munchman: The Future of FRINGE

From SpoilerTV.Com

Yeah, this is all we’ve got so far. But it looks bitchen, no?*

*”Bitchen”: An archaic adjective from before “bitch” meant what it does now to the extent it does now.