Forget Your Mic Drops – It’s Turkey Drop Time


Hey, kids, it’s Thanksgiving, and you know what that means!

Right, it’s time to enter the Wayback Machine and travel to October 30, 1978, when one of the finest comedies to ever peep back at us from inside our TV sets gave us what has to be one of the 10 Funniest TV Episodes Evar!

In other words, this one:

Have a safe and sane Thanksgiving, everybody! Don’t eat too much!

(Yeah, we know you will, but what the hell.)

The Writers Guild of America, West is having a Christmas Party

This just arrived in the email boxes of several TVWriter™ minions. Definitely something to share:


Um, about that “clicking HERE” thing. This is for WGAW members only. If you’re a member, you can click anywhere on the pic above. If you aren’t – get busy so you can join!

Diana Vacc sees “Arrival”

by Diana Vaccarelli

 *Be warned – this review may contain spoilers*

mv5bmtexmzu0odcxndheqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mde1oti4mzay-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_When I heard Arrival scored high on rotten tomatoes, I had to see the film for myself.  This film follows a linguist as she is recruited by the United States Military to assist in translating an alien language.


  • The writing of this film is top notch.  Written by Eric Heisserer and adapted from Ted Chiang’s short story, Story of Your life, Arrival starts out in what I perceived to be the past but it is in fact the future. I love how Heisserer tells the story of not war and bloodshed but one of struggle to communicate and learn from the alien visitors and how the world worked together.  The direction the story takes is, in a word, genius.
  • The actors have done an incredible job in this film. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as Dr. Louise Banks and Ian Donnelly have incredible chemistry as the linguist and mathematician forced to work together to decipher the alien language. Adams gives a heartfelt, deeply emotional performance that definitely worked on me and my own feelings.
  • Bradley Young’s cinematography is brilliant and brings back the old days of science fiction in film, most notably 2001: A Space Odyssey. Each scene is breathtaking to watch and contributes to the tone of each scene.
  • Ultimately, the true brilliance in this story is how the alien race teaches us human beings to truly communicate with one another.


  • This has to be one of my favorite films of the year. Hence, there is nothing bad in this film.


  • If you have been longing to see a truly classic science fiction film, then this is for you.  Go and see Arrival and you will be entertained – and moved – from start to finish.Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

Web Series: ‘Emo Dad’

If you’re a FAMILY GUY type fan, here’s an indie animated series you definitely need to check out:

Click here to go to the whole series on YouTube

Emo Dad is the first animated web series created by Fine Brothers Entertainment. Thank you all for supporting the company by
watching all the shows we make across YouTube, other sites, TV, and more! We couldn’t do it all without you!

Animated by Two Animators LLP
Producer – Jared Neumark
Directors – Benny Fine & Rafi Fine
Associate Producer – Julie Montoya
Written by Luke Barats, Matt Manser, & Ben Siemon
Music by Joseph Carrillo
Head of Post Production – Nick Bergthold
Sound Engineer – Tyler Loomis
ES Audio Recording Studios
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Re-Recording Mixer – Joel D. Catalan
Graphic Design – Jenni Vo & Brynn Shuller

Featuring Voice Talent Of:
Emo Dad by Scott Chernoff
Jessica by Karen Gillan
Principal Meister by Jack McBrayer
Miss Blissful by Rosanna Pansino…
Jasmine & Lead Singer of Parodymore by Kristin Findley
Mom by Lisa Schwartz
Rick by Joseph Carrillo
Random Kid at Concert #1 by Jared Neumark
Chris by Rafi Fine
Kyle & Random Kid at Concert #2 by Benny Fine

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TVWriter™’s Herbie J Pilato’s New TV Series


by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

First, let’s get our feelings out of the way:

Hooray, Herbie J!

Okay, now that that’s settled, onto the very cool facts:

Decades Network, the TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, has ordered six monthly episodes of “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” a 30-minute talkfest dedicated to classic television and TV stars.

Host and author Pilato, and his Television, Ink. shingle, along with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard (“The Chronicles of Ara”), under their “Mirkwood Partners” banner, will be Executive Producing. Program will be directed by former actor Steve Akahoshi (“Tour of Duty”). Akahoshi’s “Unstructured Plans” will produce the segments, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg and Len McLeod.

Gilbert Adler (producer of features “Valkyrie” and “Superman Returns,” and television’s “Tales from the Crypt”) is also an executive producer on the project.

“I know of no one in this industry more connected to, or passionate about, the world of classic television than Herbie J Pilato,” says Adler. “We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture.”

Geek Nation’s Brian Keathley and Clare Kramer (“Glory” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) round the creative team as Production Executives.

Pilato is a prolific author, who has written 11 pop-culture-themed books including “Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door,” “Twitch Upon A Star,” “The Bionic Book” and “Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s and 70s.”

Pilato, also the Founder of the 501(c)3 Classic TV Preservation Society, will host the monthly specials and interview pop-culture subjects from the world of classic TV in each episode. The format will closely mirror Pilato’s successful weekly “Throwback Thursday” live events in the Los Angeles area.

Says executive producer Joel Eisenberg: “Steve and I are thrilled to be in business with Herbie J. The interests of Mirkwood Partners, as always, lie primarily with the artistic journey. While celebrating classic TV, we want to know what a television personality, who may no longer be working within a regular forum, does today as an artist. We want to understand the reality of the business, and we aim for this program to speak to everyone who aspires to make a living in the arts, as well as classic TV fans, everywhere.”

Adds Herbie J: “Our team is comprised of amazing talents and visionaries. We all cherish the classic TV wheelhouse, and to partner with them on a project that will resonate with so many fans of classic TV and beyond, is nothing less than an honor. We are very pleased the show will be presented on the Decades Network and appreciate the opportunity to share the show with their audience.”

Project will begin airing on Decades Network multiple times weekly, beginning in January, 2017. The broadcast network presently maintains 55% clearance in the U.S., and currently has 50 affiliates, including many major market stations owned by the CBS Television Stations.

Decades is a network with a unique “time capsule” programming focus on news, history, pop culture and entertainment. Then Again is a show that promises to take viewers back and reconnect them with actors and series from decades past.

Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, and Mirkwood Partners, are repped by CAA.