TVWriter™ Posts of the Week Ending 7/13

Here they are, the TVWriter™ posts TeamTVWriter likes best for the week ending today, Friday, July 13th:

Why All Writers Should Know the Classics

Top Rumor of the Day

Why Live TV Can Never Be Replaced

Starz Announces New Projects

Reminds Me of – uh-oh – Me

munchman: PERCEPTION – From the Perception of the Star

We’ve had more posts/articles/what-have-you this week than at any other time in TVWriter™ history. Our thanks to all who’ve contributed, all  from whom we’ve stolen, and, most of all,  to all of you who’ve been visiting/read/commenting.

Yeah, munchman, even you.

“How Do I Get Started as a TV Director?”

Michael Weatherly strikes a directorial pose

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Well, here’s one way:

“@eyesonly321: @M_Weatherly Hey Michael,will you be directing an ep this season?” Yes! I will be directing ABSOLUTELY!!

— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) July 12, 2012

Michael Weatherly hits another directorial pose

Big congrats to Michael! It’s so great to see a newbie get a break.


Time to jump on the TEEN WOLF bandwagon because, you know, everyone’s doing it, sometimes even without knives

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

At Comic-Con yesterday, MTV announced the pick-up of a third season of its hit drama series “Teen Wolf.” Season three will feature 24 episodes, double the number of its first and second seasons, and will shoot in Los Angeles. This unprecedented pick-up marks the first time an MTV primetime scripted series has been renewed for a third season and the largest episode order in the scripted category to date.

“Teen Wolf” was developed by Jeff Davis (creator, “Criminal Minds”) who also serves as executive producer. The pilot was written by Jeff Davis and Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman and directed by Russell Mulcahy. The “Teen Wolf” series is based on a screenplay by Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman.

“Teen Wolf” was the #1 show in its time period among teens during its season one run, and has continued to reign in the demo throughout the second season. The series currently ranks as the #1 series across all TV in its time period among the key P12-34 demo, and draws 1.8 million total viewers each week. The series ranks as one of the most social shows on cable, according to Trendrr, and, in addition, is seeing triple digit gains in both Facebook and Twitter engagement. (And you thought ratings were all that mattered. Sheesh!)

munchman: PERCEPTION – From the Perception of the Star

Know what usually happens when you ask the star about his/her new show? He/she/they tell you all about themselves. (No, not their character, themselves.) Do you suppose that’s gonna happen here?

Eric McCormack Talks About His New TNT Procedural, PERCEPTION
by Christina Radish

The unique TNT crime-solving drama Perception follows the life of Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases.  Although he struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions, FBI agent and Pierce’s former student, Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook), is willing to look past Daniel’s peculiarities and utilize his uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.  The show also stars Arjay Smith andKelly Rowan…

Collider: How did this show come about for you?  Did they approach you about this role because of your past relationship with TNT?

ERIC McCORMACK:  It was a happy accident, really.  I have a great relationship with Michael Wright, who runs TNT, and he was on the look-out for something.  When Ken Biller, who created the show, went to TNT, he said, “We’re thinking a little out of the box here.  We’re thinking somebody like Eric McCormack.”  So, there was that.  And then, when I read it, I was aware that it was vaguely a crime-solving show, but with the first page, when I’m lecturing in the university about neuroscience, I was like, “Oh boy, I love this!  Who else is doing that?  We have some high school shows, but we don’t have a university show out there, where the hero is an academic and an intellectual and, in addition, a schizophrenic who is someone that can educate us a bit about the disease, at the same time, because he’s the biggest brain in the room.

Did you respond to the fact that this is not your typical procedural?

McCORMACK: Yes.  In this case, procedure is the last thing that Daniel Pierce is going to follow.  He’s probably going to screw procedure up, more than anything.  He’s not there to look at forensics or have anything to do with guns, and he doesn’t bust anybody.  He’s simply looking at it from the point of view of a puzzle and, inevitably, because of his expertise, that creates some great twists and turns in this show.

Having just done another show for TNT prior to this, that ended up not going as well as one hopes when you sign on for a TV show, did you have any hesitation about doing another show, or does that type of thing just roll off of you because you know that happens more often than not, in this business?

McCORMACK:  I love everybody at TNT, and they were totally behind Trust Me. I totally loved that show.  I feel like it should have had more life.  I just don’t think it was the right show for them, at the time, and lots of good shows don’t make it past the second season, for various reasons.  I know where TNT’s sweet spot is, and when I read Perception, I thought, “This is a chance to play a fascinating, fun, challenging character, but still within the realm of something that will sit very well with The Closer and Major Crimes, and the other shows there.”

Read it all

So the answer to the musical question is, “Yeps.” Surprise.

Oh, If you go to the article you’ll see that the next question is, in effect, “What was it like to play someone so much smarter than you?” As though actors never did that. Which is crazy because, let’s face it, if actors couldn’t play characters smarter than they are, well, we’d have to have mice or carrots playing all the roles instead.

Still love Collider.Com though. It’s a very interesting sexy informative  thorough site.

EDITED TO ADD: munchman  watched the PERCEPTION pilot last night and was impressed by how the show grafted A BEAUTIFUL MIND onto typical police procedural conventions. So fresh! So original! So Glen A. Larson circa 1980!

And, just between us, I loves a schizophrenic hero as much as the next guy, but at least in the film Russell Crowe got messed up. This Eric McCormack dude, though,  has the most perfect beard stubble ever seen on or by mortal man. It totally humiliates that of House, The  Man With No Name, and whatever the hell Don Johnson’s MIAMI VICE character was called. Great call, Eric. Stay pretty, man.

Johnny Depp Brings His Cool to FAMILY GUY

…Playing Edward Scissorhands, no less. (Too bad it isn’t ARCHER. Maybe Johnbo isn’t all that hip after all?)

Johnny Depp to reprise Edward Scissorhands role… on ‘Family Guy’!
by Dan Sneierson, Entertainment Weekly

Johnny Depp is going to be a real cut-up on Family Guy: The film star will return to his role from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, EW has learned.

In a brief cameo, Depp voices Edward in one of the show’s cutaway gags. It did take a second for the actor — who watches the show with his kids — to get back into that vulnerable character from two decades ago, though. “When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn’t done that voice since he did it in front of the camera,” notes Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann. “He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie.” Adds Hentemann: “He was amazing — and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him.”

Family Guy returns for season 11 on Sept. 30.