Kathryn Graham: WhedonCon is Coming to Los Angeles May 18th – 20th!

by Kathryn Graham

Hey fans of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Marvel’s Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, and other fun Whedon-creations like Cabin in the Woods, if you’re in Los Angeles or you can get your butt over here by May 18th – 20th, then WhedonCon is the place for you.

A con run by fans for fans, Fandom Charities Inc. have taken their love of the affectionately named ‘Whedonverse’ and combined it with some truly fantastic humanitarian causes.

In memory of Ron Glass (Shepherd Book on Firefly), part of the proceeds will be going to the Lupus Foundation of America, an organization dedicated to solving the mystery of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that adversely affects millions of people throughout the world.

The con also supports a cause dear to Ron Glass’s heart: the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. This youth center provides free after school and low-cost summer programs for boys and girls in grades 3 – 12 in order to prep them for college.

Guest of Honor Sean Maher (Simon on Firefly/Serenity) will be joined by James Marsters (Spike on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Victor Stein on Runaways), Steven Sears (who produced a ton of my favorite Xena: Warrior Princess episodes), and a host of other talented actors and creators.

It’ll surprise exactly no one that I was a big Buffy fan back in the day, and I’ve been known to roleplay ‘The Man They Call Jayne’ in a tabletop roleplaying game from time to time. I’ll be there filming to help out the other hard-working volunteers.

So join me. Come play at WhedonCon for two worthy causes, and if you see someone with a video camera, say hi. It might be me. Or a demon. It’s probably a demon.



The 10 Most Popular TVWriter™ Posts of 2013


Settle down. Lean back in your chair. Good…ready?

So are we, with links to the most visited articles posted on TVWriter™ in the last 52 weeks. But first a caveat:

By far the most visited articles on TVWriter™ this year were those relating to our contentious contests (as LB’s friend and mentor Stan Lee might say). Announcements about People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular placings led the pack, followed closely by announcements that we were going to announce the various results and then by other announcements about new plans, new rules, and new prizes for both the PP and the SS.

So we aren’t going to list them here. Because, when you get down to it, how relevant are discussions and lists about contests that have already been held? A site search will take you to all things related to the PP and the SS and, besides, a new People’s Pilot is about to start January 1st, AKA in just a few days, and you’d better believe that we’ll give you plenty to read then.

(What happened to the Spec Scriptacular, you ask? Don’t fret, goombahs. The next SS will start June 1st, after the 2014 People’s Pilot winners have been chosen, and you’ll probably end up with more than your fill on related info. We’re going for the tight focus thing, you see.)

Now that that’s out of the way, scroll and click on what – since modesty is of course a virtue and we like to see ourselves as being as virtuous as virtuosos can be – we really should be calling:


The 10 Most Popular TVWriter™ Posts of 2013 That Aren’t, You Know, Tooting Our Own Horn


10) HOUSE OF CARDS Is a Losing Hand.

9) Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First

8) Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

7) Joss Whedon Inspires the Hell Out of Us

6) More About the FIREFLY Board Game

5) Kathy Sees Iron Man 3

4) munchman: Stephen Merchant Goes into Comedy Biz with HBO

3) Robert Picardo joins Inspector Spacetime!

2) Want to Read the Most Highly Praised Screenplays of 2012?

And the Most-Visited/Most-Popular/Most-Clicked on article of all:

1) Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?



Peer Production: WRITERS CABIN


And today’s amazing interweb video logline is:

The raging fangirl has gathered the greatest television writers around and they’re gonna write the best TV show of all time!
… or will they?

And wait till you see the guest stars.

Created by- Leigh Lahav
Backgrounds- Tom Trager
Script- Leigh Lahav, Oren Mendez, Tom Trager
Voices- Leigh Lahav, Tom Trager
Original music- Daniel Koren

Check out Leigh’s facebook page!

The FIREFLY Board Game is Only 1 Week Away

fireflygameboxOur favorite deadline of the year so far.

To be precise, the Firefly game is available for pre-order on Amazon.Com, with its in-house-ready-to-ship date given as September 1. As you can see at the bottom of this post, Amazon doesn’t have a lot of info, but here’s some info from the maker, Gale Force Nine:

In Firefly: The Game – based on the popular Firefly television series created by Joss Whedon – players captain their own Firefly-class transport ship, traveling the ‘Verse with a handpicked crew of fighters, mechanics and other travelers.

As a captain desperate for work, players are compelled to take on any job — so long as it pays. Double-dealing employers, heavy-handed Alliance patrols, and marauding Reavers are all in a day’s work for a ship’s captain at the edge of the ‘Verse.

Firefly: The Game is a high-end thematic tabletop boardgame from Gale Force Nine (GF9) and the first in a series of tabletop hobby board games and miniatures games from GF9 set in the Firefly Universe.

FireflyBoardGameCaptureIf you’re in the mood to shell out $46 in advance shekels, hie thee HERE. Call us idiots, or fanatics, whatever, but we sure as hell did.


LB: Looks Like It’s Time to Give Up on a FIREFLY Return

josswhedonbatmanJust found this quote, more or less buried in reportage last week about “An Evening with Joss Whedon” that was hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Seems there was a question-and-answer session that included this response to a question about our favorite deceased science fiction series:

“Right now I’m happy to say everybody is working doing good jobs. There’s a real fear of ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ you know? You bring it back to life and it isn’t the same. Even if it’s GREAT and it isn’t the same. I’m dying to get on a ship with those guys again, but I’m also doing yet another goddamn huge ensemble movie [‘The Avengers 2’]. Why can’t I do a movie about just one guy? So right now I can’t even access that part of my brain. If all the planets align that would be great, but I’m not going to do what I did the first time and move heaven and earth to make it happen.”

Read more of Joss’ comments

Great, just great. THE MONKEY’S PAW? This is like being unable to write the second half of your script because the first half is so good that you’re terrified about going on and ruining it. How ridiculous! Who’d ever react in such a sick, neurotic way?

Oh wait…

Yeah, right. The novel I sold on the basis of the first 50 pages and then was never able to write another word for. So many years ago. So much pain. So much heartbreak–


I hear ya, Joss.