More Proof of the Existence of a Benevolent, um, God (Goddess?)

We have nothing to add to this:

Part 1 of NBC’s Justin Bieber: All Around the World special on Wednesday night drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating with them oldsters in the 18-49 demo. That puts it 47 percent below what the Peacock’s recent Adele music special scored. read article

Is This Really the Easy Way to Throw Out Clichés?

Yes, it’s true. We actually stayed away from ironically using a cliché to present this program that enables writers to “scan your work for monitored words, clichés, and overused phrases and words.”

It seems like a great idea. An “automated tool…that scans your…work…and hightlights areas that might need closer attention.” We’re going to try it and hope some of you will too because if SmartEdit can create better writers we can finally rid the world of the Number 1 Enemy of Good Writing in the world since the Dawn of Time.

That’s right, English comp teachers. We’re talkin’ ’bout you.

Munchman sees THE SOUL MAN

…and I feel mine sucked right out.

I’d call this the worst sitcom on television, but where would that leave the rest of TV Land’s “Must Miss TV” lineup? read article

INBETWEENERS Coming to MTV

MTV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Inbetweeners’

By Nellie Andreeva

The Inbetweeners, MTV’s adaptation of the praised British series, will premiere on Monday, August 20, at 10:30 PM, following the return of Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness at 10:00 PM. Inbetweeners, a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood, was adapted for the U.S. by Brad Copeland who is executive producing the series with Aaron Kaplan, along with UK series creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris. The pilot was directed by Taika Waititi. Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman, Mark L. Young and Alex Frnka star.

Deadline.Com reminds us that INBETWEENERS is coming to MTV in a couple of months. No snark from this corner: The British show is awesome, with writing that perfectly captures the excitement and angst we remember from our (admittedly recent) teenage years, and if the U.S. version is 20% as good it’ll be the best thing MTV’s given us since Video Killed the  Radio Star.

If I’d Known Don Glut was Spider-Man We’d Be BFFs

by Larry Brody

Back in the day when I was a kid writer hanging at Harlan Ellison’s house and  being amazed not only by his talent but also by everything he got away with in everyday life that would’ve gotten me, at best, a punch in the face, there was this guy named Don Glut who also would show up every once in awhile.

I remember being told that Don was a writer when we were introduced. And that he was a huge comics fan. But I never got any details because he was, quite simply, the most abstracted human being I’d ever met at that point. His head was – well, it was somewhere beyond the clouds, in a very special place. Which, I thought at the time, must have made life hard for him because Don also seemed to be the most eager-to-be-loved human being I’d ever known as well…and if there’s a trait more opposed to living in your own head than that I can’t imagine what it is. read article