The 10 Most Popular TVWriter™ Posts of 2013


Settle down. Lean back in your chair. Good…ready?

So are we, with links to the most visited articles posted on TVWriter™ in the last 52 weeks. But first a caveat:

By far the most visited articles on TVWriter™ this year were those relating to our contentious contests (as LB’s friend and mentor Stan Lee might say). Announcements about People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular placings led the pack, followed closely by announcements that we were going to announce the various results and then by other announcements about new plans, new rules, and new prizes for both the PP and the SS.

So we aren’t going to list them here. Because, when you get down to it, how relevant are discussions and lists about contests that have already been held? A site search will take you to all things related to the PP and the SS and, besides, a new People’s Pilot is about to start January 1st, AKA in just a few days, and you’d better believe that we’ll give you plenty to read then.

(What happened to the Spec Scriptacular, you ask? Don’t fret, goombahs. The next SS will start June 1st, after the 2014 People’s Pilot winners have been chosen, and you’ll probably end up with more than your fill on related info. We’re going for the tight focus thing, you see.)

Now that that’s out of the way, scroll and click on what – since modesty is of course a virtue and we like to see ourselves as being as virtuous as virtuosos can be – we really should be calling:


The 10 Most Popular TVWriter™ Posts of 2013 That Aren’t, You Know, Tooting Our Own Horn


10) HOUSE OF CARDS Is a Losing Hand.

9) Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First

8) Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

7) Joss Whedon Inspires the Hell Out of Us

6) More About the FIREFLY Board Game

5) Kathy Sees Iron Man 3

4) munchman: Stephen Merchant Goes into Comedy Biz with HBO

3) Robert Picardo joins Inspector Spacetime!

2) Want to Read the Most Highly Praised Screenplays of 2012?

And the Most-Visited/Most-Popular/Most-Clicked on article of all:

1) Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?



munchman: Stephen Merchant Goes into Comedy Biz with HBO

It’s official: TV writers are stars, and can even be superstars if they treat the media right. Damn, why can’t I get a gig?

Geek Power!

HBO Orders Comedy Pilot From Stephen Merchant And ‘Bad Teacher’ Writers – by Nellie Andreeva

HBO has picked up to pilot Hello Ladies, a comedy co-written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant. The project, which The Office co-creator co-wrote with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars the 6ft 7in Merchant as a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. Half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate — he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people. Unfortunately the beautiful people won’t let him in.

Merchant, who also explored the theme in his Hello Ladies standup show last year, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are executive producing the pilot, which is slated to shoot before the end of the year. On the feature side, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, repped by WME and Mosaic, co-wrote box-office hit Bad Teacher. Writer/actor/standup comedian Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. The duo co-created The Office, Extras and Life’s Too Short. Additionally, WME-repped Merchant co-starred opposite Gervais on Extras.

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Damn! This dude’s even got a hot chick!

That’s it. From now on I’m in full networking mode. Hi, Nikki! Love your website! Want to come over to my place and see my latest projects?

Huh? Oh. See, Nikki is Nikki Finke, and she’s the LB of Deadline.Com and…hell, if I’ve got to explain it then nevermind…