Who Inspires You: TV Writers Share Their Creative Inspirations

by Kelly Jo Brick

Whether a beginning writer or an experienced veteran, admiration helps fuel our creative endeavors. Writers from film and television share who has inspired them through the years.

JASON RICHMAN (LUCKY 7, DETROIT 1-8-7) – I always admired Lawrence Kasdan. First of all, as a viewer, as a fan of movies, but he was an inspiration because he did all kinds of different things. He wrote THE BIG CHILL, he wrote THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. I admire that, someone who has an idea that interests them, a world that interests them and then just goes where their creativity takes them. I think that he’s sort of the model to me of that person who just won’t be pigeonholed. To be so good in so many different genres is a real feat and to direct and do all those things is pretty cool. read article

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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are=&0=& (You know who the first two are. Jonathan  is an Emmy nominee who’s worked on PORTLANDIA, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, etc.) have written the pilot for BASKETS, an FX comedy about a guy doing whatever it takes to achieve his dream – becoming a bonafide clown. (Jeeze, and I thought that all the clowns I know just got that way naturally!) Bill Wrubel (MODERN FAMILY) is writing the pilot for CBS’s THE GOOD LIFE, a comedy about a guy dealing with a huge problem: He’s happy. (Oh great. Another series hero yer friendly neighborhood munchkins can’t relate to. Damn me for being such an alien.) Jason Richman (DETROIT 1-8-7) is adapting Adrian Barnes‘ book NOD into a Fox  drama series about “a world without sleep.” (What? There’s something wrong with that? But look at how productive we’ll all be if can devote 24/7 to, um, you know, whatever it is we devote all our time to. This sounds genuinely interesting to me, and not only because I was one of the handful of people who devoutly watched Jason’s previous show.) Steve Franks (PSYCH) is developing DeTour, a “coming of age story” based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo into a series for Fox. (Cuz rockers lives are sooo interesting as they develop from a bunch of peeps struggling from motel to motel in old beat-up VW vans to a bunch of peeps jetting from hotel to hotel in private jets. My Big Concern: Are we gonna have to listen to Weezer’s, um, “tunes?” Yikes!)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)