Kelly Jo Brick: The Write Path with Michael Peterson

A series of interviews with hard-working writers – by another hard-working writer!

by Kelly Jo Brick


Aspiring writers often wonder how the pros got where they are. The truth is, everyone’s story is different, but there are some common elements: dedication, persistence and hard work.

Michael Peterson moved to L.A. with the goal of being involved in film, initially leaning toward directing. Once in California, he began writing features with his brother. Although several projects sold, none were ever made. At his wife’s suggestion, he transitioned to television and found the collaboration and camaraderie of the writers’ room more suited for him. Michael’s first TV show was BONES where through the years he has risen from staff writer to showrunner. read article

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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Malcolm Gladwell (numerous New Yorker pieces) & Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) are writing the pilot for the Fox medical drama, THE CURE, about “a young, impulsive, African-American neurologist who takes the law into her own hands in the cause of tackling a deadly disease.” (Here’s hoping the series is better written than the blurb. A genuine munchprize awaits the first reader to name all the problems in that silly partial sentence. For reals. I’ll send ya something. Promise.)
  • Alex Sulkin & Julius Sharpe (DADS) are also writing a Fox pilot. This one’s a comedy called ALL TOGETHER NOW about a group of friends in their late 20s who vow to hang together as real people, sans their mobile electronics. (To which yer munchie one scoffs, “It’ll never work.” And by “it” I mean both the premise and the show. Cuz let’s face it, the only people who want to see a series that craps on our current interweb culture are folks so out of it that they don’t watch TV anyway…and certainly don’t buy the products that the sponsors are trying to sell.)
  • DJ Nash (GROWING UP FISHER) is developing the NBC sitcom THE CATCH, about a single dood who “for the first time in his life…[is]…sharing an apartment with a woman he’s not sleeping with. (What’s that? You caught me yawning at this? Um, erm, oh hell – damn straight you did. Funny how little interest I can muster for, like, the ’80s sensibility. How ’bout y’all?)
  • Speaking of ancient sensibilities, Claudia Lonow (HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) is adapting Bob Morris’s book of the same name about “two half siblings who take care of their father.” (Cuz anybody over 40 is obviously an incontinent idiot no longer capable of running his/her own life. Just ask the development apes who commissioned this out of their needs to avenge themselves on parents who, yer muncho supposes, just didn’t wuv their babies enough.)

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….)