munchman: The Best Batman Image Evah!

Can’t help myself. I love this gif:


Dunno what anybody else thinks it’s about. Or what the artist intended, but to me this is Bats as God, both caring and vengeful. I mean, I think that’s a tiny smile there at the corners of his Bat Mouth – but I can’t be sure.

The ambiguity is okay, though. Cuz when you’re searching for God you aren’t really supposed to understand what you find. Just ask Camus. Or Sartre. Or David Bowie. Or the doods that produced LOST.

While we’re at it, if anybody out there can tell us who created this masterpiece, let us know. You never know: You just might get a prize. (You definitely will get one. For reals.)

And now, back to the usual fare at TVWriter™!

About James Garner

A lot has been written in the past week about James Garner and his illustrious career. But probably the most complete – and completely entertaining – obit/bio the TVWriter™ minions have seen appeared last weekend from the sometimes hemorrhagic but always magical keyboard of Our Favorite Brit Blogger, Keef Telly Topping Himself:

by Keith Telly Topping

The TopsterThe film and TV legend James Garner has died at age eighty six, TMZ has reported. The star of The Rockford Files and The Great Escape was found dead when an ambulance arrived at his Los Angeles home around 8pm on Saturday evening. Amiable and handsome, James Garner obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the same charming anti-hero or conman persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat Western series which shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. ‘I’m a Spencer Tracy-type actor,’ he once noted. ‘His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn’t looks for the easy way out. I don’t think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote.’ Born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma in April 1928, James was the youngest of three children. His two older brothers were the actor Jack Garner (1926 to 2011) and Charles Bumgarner, a school administrator who died in 1984. Their mother, who was said to be of part Cherokee descent, died when James was five years old and James grew to hate his stepmother, Wilma, who allegedly beat all three boys. When he was fourteen, Garner had finally had enough and after a particularly heated battle, she left for good. James’ brother Jack commented, ‘She was a damn no-good woman.’ Shortly after the break-up of the marriage, James’s father, Weldon, a carpet layer, moved to Los Angeles, while Garner and his brothers remained in Norman with relatives. After working at several jobs he disliked, at sixteen Garner joined the Merchant Marine near the end of World War II. In 1995, he received an honorary doctorate from The University of Oklahoma, in his home town. When speaking at the event he took the opportunity to remind the officials who had invited him to speak, of the circumstances of his original departure. ‘It’s nice to be invited back as a VIP after being run out of town on a rail!’ At seventeen, he joined his father in LA and enrolled at Hollywood High School where a gym teacher recommended him for a job modelling bathing suits. ‘I made twenty five bucks an hour,’ James recalled. ‘That’s why I quit school. I was making more money than the teachers. I never finished the ninth grade!’ He never did graduate, explaining in a 1976 Good Housekeeping magazine interview: ‘I was a terrible student, but I got my diploma in the Army.’ He served in Korea for fourteen months with the Fifth Regimental Combat Team. He was wounded twice, firstly in the face and hand from shrapnel fire from a mortar round and secondly in the buttocks due to ‘friendly fire’ from US fighter jets as he dived head first into a foxhole. James was awarded the Purple Heart for the first injury (and not, as often inaccurately reported, for ‘getting shot in the arse’, a story which James himself reportedly enjoyed telling gullible journalists). Jim Rockford AKA the Rockman (or not)He did, finally, receive a second Purple Heart in 1983, thirty two years after his injury. Garner was a self-described ‘scrounger’ for his company in Korea, a role which he later played in The Great Escape and The Americanisation of Emily. In 1954 a friend, Paul Gregory, whom James had met while attending school, persuaded Garner to take a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, where he was able to closely study Henry Fonda in the lead role. Garner subsequently moved to television commercials and eventually to TV drama roles. His first movie appearances were in The Girl He Left Behindand Toward The Unknown both in 1956. After several further minor movie roles, includingSayonara with Marlon Brando, Garner got his big break on TV playing the part of the professional gambler Bret Maverick in the comedy Western series Maverick. James was earlier considered for the lead role in another Warner Brothers Western series, Cheyenne, but that role went to Clint Walker because the casting director reportedly couldn’t reach Garner in time (this, according to Garner’s autobiography).

For more about James Garner in what may be the interweb’s longest paragraph, ya gotta go HERE.

munchman: I miss the “Plot Robot”

Admit it. You know you want one:

plot.robot.tvwriter.comFound in Wasn’t the Future Wonderful

munchman: Ain’t No Such Thing as Job Security for Writers

The Evil Capitalist Villain who fired our Jay!
The Evil Capitalist Villain who fired our Jay! BOO!!!

Ye Munchie One has just confirmed that Jay Gibson, the head writer for the WWE (that’s a huge wrestling network in case you don’t know) has been axed due to “budget cuts.”

I can’t imagine that anybody reading this is surprised to learn that wrestling uses writers, but did you know that Jay is in fact an Emmy winning writer for his work as both a writer and producer on the daytime serial THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS? In other words, the dude’s the real deal when it comes to TV writing and he’s been discarded, at least twice, like a piece of used kleenex.

munchman appreciates this message from what clearly is The Hand of God and will heed its meaning. In other words, I’m saving my $$$ and am encouraging everybody I know who’s in the occasionally wonderful world we call the show biz to do the same.

And now it’s time to hoist one in commiseration with the Jayster, who hath given moi so much emotional – and bloody – pleasure with the way he plotted the twists and turns of TV wrestling’s saga!

(What? It’s only 8 o’clock in the morning? That’ll do.)





Wait! I just had a thought! (Yeppers, that happens once in awhile.) What if this is just another WWE scripted moment? An edgy breach of the 4th wall? Way to go, Jay baby!

munchman: All I ever wanted from life

Tom Schnauz iz my new idol
Tom Schnauz iz my new idol

I dunno why you guys are writing, but the article below is my raison d’etre when it comes to that thing we do.

No, not getting to work on BREAKING BAD and its upcoming going to be ultra cool sequel BETTER CALL SAUL. That, after all, would be a mature way to view my life. Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s head is, for better or for worse, in a much different place: I just want my damn picture in the local paper and a big article telling every single one of those $#@!s I went to high school with how much better than they are I’m doing today.

You all understand this feeling, don’t ya? Huh? Please….

Former Local Working on Writing ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel
by Eric Englund

A writer/producer with Southern Ocean County roots, who made it big with his work on the “Breaking Bad” on AMC, will be writing for the TV series’ prequel, “Better Call Saul.”

Thomas Schnauz Jr. was nominated for an Emmy Award for “best writing in a drama series” for the “Say My Name” episode, which aired in “Breaking Bad’s” final season last year. Other “Breaking Bad” episodes he wrote include “One Minute,” “Shotgun” and “Buried,” with the last episode dedicated to memory of his father, Thomas Sr., who died in January 2013.

A former resident of Barnegat Township, Barnegat Light and Surf City, Schnauz joined the “Breaking Bad” series as a writer/producer in 2010, which was the show’s third season. Set and produced in Albuquerque, the show focused on the story of Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, selling methamphetamines to secure his family’s future before he dies. His partner in crime is a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. Cranston has won Emmys three times for best actor and Paul twice for best supporting actor.

The prequel, in which Schnauz will be a co-executive producer, will begin filming next month. He said the show looks to begin running on AMC in November. The series’ central character will be Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) before he became Walter White’s lawyer.

Schnauz said he will write two of the episodes, but limited his remarks because he has to keep details under wraps. He said some of the “Breaking Bad” characters will be seen as they were earlier in their lives.

He said that writing for a TV series is a collaborative effort; while he may get the credits for a specific episode, many others have input. He said writers, directors and producers often have lengthy skull sessions to develop plot lines, stories and characters.

“That’s probably the hardest part,” he said. “It gets a little easier once you have the story all planned and all the pieces start to fit.”

In the meantime, Schnauz had been writing for an ABC series “Resurrrection,” which had eight episodes this year. The fantasy drama series follows the people of Arcadia, Mo., whose lives take a surprising turn when their loved ones return from the dead, unaged since the time of their death.

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Of course, I’d want a better description of myself than “Former Local.” But maybe that’s just, you know, me.