Indie TV: “Back Stabber”

It ain’t easy, this being human thing. But all is takes is a couple of minutes with the trailer for the Amazon Prime series Back Stabber and you know that creator Ryan Zamo and company are really working their humanity for all that they – and humanity in general – have got.

The series is genuinely indie, through and through, and the signs are there – uneven sound levels, uneven acting, uneven focus – but in a world of superficial showbiz perfection, this TVWriter™ minion found that to be part of the charm.

As Zamo himself tells it over at Advocate:

My show, Back Stabber, was first envisioned years ago as a final project in film school, but the message it carried was always something I fought for; acceptance, equality, and loving people for who they are — regardless of age, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

I spent six years knocking on doors all over Hollywood to try to get it produced, and I was not stopping until I saw it happen. Last year I realized I had my own equipment, so I decided to grab some friends and produce it myself. No funding, no backers, no sponsors — I produced the series for under $2,000, refusing to not see it through.

I watched YouTube tutorials on how to make blockbuster movies, and I did everything myself — special effects, CGI, audio, editing, coloring; literally everything. And for the past 366 days, I have worked on this project, with no help from anyone — besides my wonderful actors, who also worked for free, and stuck through it with me for the past year because we all believed in this message so much…..

Back Stabber and its storylines were written from real events that I and people in my life have gone through….In the story are two gay kids, Isaiah (played by me) and Sam. Isaiah is loud, eccentric, and boisterous. Sam, on the other hand, is the shy, smart, nerdy type; I actually wrote Sam into the pilot just days before filming began. I wanted to show the contrast with Isaiah and break the stereotypical image of gay guys that society projects.

The two characters face battles of being accepted by society and their families, and struggle with self-acceptance as well. I wrote Sam and Isaiah as “the cool kids,” because I wanted people to start embracing the thought of having gay friends. And despite all the drama and backstabbing, the testosterone-driven straight guys are still there standing up for the gay friends when they’re bullied and attacked.

…I really hope our show can help make even a slight difference, and I truly think with such relatable stories, we can drive home the fact that at the end of the day, we’re all just human.

Read Ryan’s entire commentary HERE

Watch Back Stabber on Amazon Prime

What Fiction Writers Can Learn From A Child’s Mind

South African writing blog Writers Write is one of the most informative writing sites on the interwebs. Every time we think we know it all, we go there and, wham!, we learn something new:


by John Cabrera

Stuck in a rut? Unable to get the next plot of your story together? All that might be missing is a little bit of creativity.

Writing is a passion of the heart that flows through the writer’s pen, hoping to leave an eternal mark on readers’ minds. However, growing competition in this area of creative expression has made it more difficult for writers to stand out.

What can you do differently? One answer is to look in unusual places for inspiration. Unusual does not have to be something mystical. It can be as simple as child’s play. Fiction writers and children both have fanciful minds. Observing children in their routine games can prove to be an excellent lesson in creativity.

Children dream. Children imagine. And children love. For a child, nothing is impossible. And that’s what separates them from us. They do not think that they will fail. They invent things and they look at things differently.

If you’re looking for a creative plot for your next story, you need to think out of the box by looking at life in a simpler, more imaginative way….

This is a Diagnostic, thanks for asking


EDITOR’S NOTE: As we said yesterday, on a now-removed Test page that looked very similar to this one, TVWriter™ has been having a problem with its “Publicize” app recently. Today instead of checking on whether we’ve fixed it (because we haven’t) we are instead using another version of yesterday’s post for diagnostic reasons.

In other words, nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

Not you, Jetpack Happiness Engineer. This one’s all yours!

“You’re The Worst” is Back for Season 3


The most real comedy on television returns to our cable companies tomorrow, August 31st.

Don’t just sit there, applaud!

Oh, yeah, and laugh too.

Cuz if you’ve seen this show, you know that eventually it will make you cry.

As only great writing can.

Web Series “Fix Yo Life”

Two of TVWriter™’s favorite not-yet-widely-enough-sung creative geniuses, Jesenia and Jenni Ruiza, debuted a new web series last week at Latina.Com. It’s called Fix Yo Life and unlike their previous Comedy High productions (Becoming Ricardo, Shlongologues, etc.) this one is more like morning TV fare brought to the web.

That’s a compliment, btw. Check out the ‘tude (and the production):

What can we say? We really like shows that make us feel good.

For more info, hie thyselves HERE

Hi Jesenia! Hi Jenny! We miss you!