How are You Moving Forward?

Or are you? Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, has a few words for us about stress, creativity, and hunkering down.

by Nathan Bransford

The past year of the pandemic has felt like a time of stasis in so many ways. We’re physically isolated and we’re spending more time than ever indoors. Entire categories of friendship have melted away. Most of us are hunkering down and just waiting for this madness to pass, and yet the very act of waiting for some indeterminate date just makes the end feel farther away. read article

Why HBO Max is Embracing Adult Animation Big-Time

Because it’s so damn much cheaper than live action, that’s why. Here’s Leslie Goldberg’s take on the deets.

Clone High

by Leslie Goldberg

When HBO Max paid an estimated $500 million for exclusive domestic streaming rights to South Park back in 2019 it was for a very good reason. The Comedy Central series, owned by ViacomCBS, was to be been the cornerstone of the WarnerMedia-backed streamer’s adult animation slate, which is now coming into sharper focus.

On Feb. 10, HBO Max — also overseen by HBO content chief Casey Bloys — went straight to series on three adult animated comedies: a revival of MTV darling Clone High (picked up for two seasons), Scooby-Doo prequel Velma and original idea Fired on Mars. Four more adult animated shows — from the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Ed Helms and Brian Michael Bendis — were also put into HBO Max’s development pipeline. The trio of new series joins a slate that already includes Harley Quinn (which broke out after arriving on a bigger platform from niche streamer DC Universe) and the upcoming new takes on GremlinsThe Boondocks and original entry The Prince. An adult-focused Game of Thrones animated series is also on the table for the streamer. read article

Larry Brody’s TV Writing Tips & Tricks #13

A Writer’s Credo
by Larry Brody

Looking for more detailed info on TV Writing? Then this is for you!

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of what I can only call BAD WRITING. Self-indulgent and, frankly, uncommunicative.

I’ve written about the way I look at our “calling” before in my column in the sadly now defunct SCREENTALK Magazine. For those of you who missed it – and since the mag’s demise was about a generation ago that’s probably most of you – here’s a restatement. read article

2021 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

A public service announcement from the WGA. Aided and abetted by TVWriter™

SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Judas and the Black Messiah, Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King, Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas; Warner Bros.

Palm Springs, Screenplay by Andy Siara, Story by Andy Siara & Max Barbakow; Hulu

Promising Young Woman, Written by Emerald Fennell; Focus Features read article

The World’s Wisest Writing Meme?

You know we’re right. As in very, very, very right.

Teachers, y’know what we’re saying? read article