munchman: SAILOR MOON is coming back on the air – soon!


C’mon. You know you’re gonna watch this. You gotta. It’s fucking Sailor fucking Moon!

According to the P.R. we got over here at TVWriter™ Central (Southern California Division), Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (yeah, it’s not the most wieldy of names – got a problem with that?) will hit the airwaves July 5th on the Niconico Video Service with new episodes on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman can’t speak for you, but my Significant Other (yeppers, I’ve got one, and she’s pretty damn close to human) is ecstatic. Cuz back in the day, she was Sailor Moon. Well, actually, she managed to get herself through high school by being undercover as Sailor Mercury, but, hey, close enough.

More about the show, including its voice cast and character models, here at ye olde Anime News Network. It’s one of the great fanboy homes away from home so you should know all about the site anyway.

July 5th. Be there.


J. August Richards on Marvel, Whedon, Acting & Other Great Showbiz Stuff

Even if you aren’t a fan of J. August Richards and/or his acting work on ANGEL, AGENTS OF SHIELD, etc., you’ll love this article. It is, quite simply, one of the best showbiz interviews ever. And no, it wasn’t written for Variety, or Deadline, or even Vulture, TVWriter™ found it in a local paper in Maryland. Will C. Franklin of Gazette Net – consider us huge fans:


Prince George’s native Richards talks about Marvel, ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and Deathlok
by Will C. Franklin

Before his Mike Peterson became the deadly Deathlok on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” before his role as the assassin Mr. Blank on the hit CW show “Arrow,” and even before working with Joss Whedon to become a vampire-slaying hero in “Angel,” J. August Richards was just a boy from Prince George’s County who loved comic books and acting.

The acting part came naturally. The comic books came every weekend.

Richards’s long, winding path from Prince George’s County to Hollywood started before he was born, when his parents moved from Panama to Bladensburg.

“I believe we were the second black family to move into that neighborhood,” Richards said. “For me, I had a very diverse upbringing in the area with being exposed to a lot of different people.”

His family made sure there was a lot of culture surrounding Richards in his formative years.

“I grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and it was really very culturally all over the place for me as a child growing up there,” Richards said. “It was very different, but I love the area and I love coming back there as often as I can.”

Growing up, Richards wanted to be an actor. His family, in particular his mother, had other plans for him.

“My mom wanted me to be either a lawyer or a priest,” Richards said. “You kind of hit the jackpot as a Latin American mother if you raise a priest. They had great hopes for me because I had very incredible grades and I was always being put into these talented and gifted programs.”

With top-notch grades, his family was stunned when he said he wanted to be an actor.

“The idea to them was like, ‘What a waste! Why would you want to be an actor?! You have great grades, you’re really intelligent. Why on Earth would you want to be an actor?’” Richards said.

The why was simple — he loved performing and he loved television. When Richards was 14, he convinced his mother to let him go to an acting camp in New York because he knew the casting director for “The Cosby Show” would be there.

Richards met with the director, read for him and was invited to come to NYC to audition for the show.

“I did and I got a part,” Richards said. “From then on, my entire family was like, ‘Um … I think he can actually do this.’ They got on board once I got on ‘The Cosby Show.’”

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/2/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z, the graphic novel) has optioned his new book, The Extinction Parade to Legendary TV for development as a TV series. (So if you know Max it’s time to put in your bid for the writing gig. And if you don’t know him, now’s the time to change that and then put in your bid.)
  • David Schulner (DO NO HARM) has extended his deal with Universal TV and will be developing away while the studio pays for an office, an assistant, and, munchie bets ya, a tidy chunk of change dropped into his auto-deposit every week.(Not much point in kissing up to David, though. He’ll probably write everything he develops cuz that’s where his value to Universal lies. Of course, if you like him and the friendship is real, that’s something nobody can fault you for. Except maybe your greedy agent.)
  • Sarah Phelps (EASTENDERS) is adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel The Casual Vacancy into a miniseries for HBO and BBC. (Yes, Ms. Phelps is a UK writer. We Amurricans are out. Live with it.)
  • J. Mills Goodloe (THE BEST OF ME, whatever that is) is writing the pilot for a Bravo dramedy, ALL THE PRETTY FACES, about an immortal family in Half Moon Bay California. (Dramedy? Science fiction? A beautiful beach town? Sounds perfect to the muncher. Only one little fly in this ointment: It’s a vehicle for its producer, Jennifer Garner. And, hey, I admit it – Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is no fan of Ben Affleck’s women. Sorry.)

Want to See Some Commissioned Professional Pilot Scripts?

We’ve talked about the Google TV Writing site as one of the major interweb resources for professional pilot scripts, many of the  for our favorite shows, before. But now, thanks to FOTV (friend of TVWriter™) James Kelly, we’re here to tell you that there are even more – and newer scripts than  before.

Including these, from 2013-14:

How cool is all this?

Oh, c’mon. It’s even cooler than that. Right? Right?

Read and learn and write and prosper, gang!


Why You Never Want to Write a Novel for Hire

…Or a short story, or a screenplay, or a comic book, or a TV series.

But we do write for hire. Unfortunately, at one time or another just about all writers do.

This article, however, has a great twist. We think it should have been called, “The Vamp Writer’s Revenge.” Bwahhh:


‘Vampire Diaries’ Writer Bites Back
by Alexandra Alter

When Alloy Entertainment fired L.J. Smith from the popular young-adult book series “The Vampire Diaries” and replaced her with a ghostwriter three years ago, a civil war broke out among fans. One camp swore fealty to the characters and embraced the new books, which still feature Ms. Smith’s name prominently on the cover as the series’ creator. The other, more vocal faction sided with Ms. Smith and boycotted the ghostwritten novels.

“I would not read those books if they were the last books on earth,” said Christina Crowley, a 35-year-old substitute teacher in Riverview, Mich., and a staunch L.J. Smith fan. “I didn’t want to read her characters written by someone else.”

Now, in one of the stranger comebacks in literary history, Ms. Smith is independently resurrecting her stories about the adolescent undead. She’s publishing her own version of “The Vampire Diaries” digitally on Amazon, as fan fiction, creating a parallel fictional universe that many hard-core fans regard as more legitimate than the official canon.

“I wanted to finish the story,” Ms. Smith said. “So many people still wrote to me constantly saying, can you just tell me how it ends?”

The fact that Ms. Smith can now legally publish and sell her unofficial Vampire Diaries novels highlights a dramatic shift in the way publishers and entertainment companies view fan fiction. Fan fiction, or works by amateur writers that feature characters and settings from their favorite books, TV shows, movies and comics, has thrived online for decades. But it’s always existed in a sort of legal gray zone. Selling stories based on other people’s copyrighted creations is illegal, unless it’s a clear parody, which is protected as free speech under the First Amendment. It’s also permissible if the characters and setting are altered so much that the story no longer seems derivative

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