munchman’s choice: 10 Reasons You Might Want to Make Some Fucking Art

Okay, I admit it. I’m running this one cuz of the title. Truth to be told, I, young baron von muncher, am secretly a major fucking lover of fucking art. So this choosing this story is definitely a no-brainer:

fuckingartbabyby Jordan Bates

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” ? Friedrich Nietzsche

I love making things. I always have. I remember as a youngster spending hours drawing pictures of Spider-Man and Dragonball Z characters. As a kid I also played piano (a skill I hope to reclaim) and more recently, I dabble in acoustic guitar. In college I started and continue to write fiction and poetry. A year and a half ago I began creating this blog. As of a few months ago I also make weird rap songs about philosophers, 90s cartoons, and chupacabras.

Creative expression has claimed a significant chunk of the strange and ever-shifting mosaic that is my life and my identity. I spend so much of my time immersed in or producing artistic products that I don’t have any idea what I’d do without that portion of my being. Sort of how I feel about pizza. Art is like endless pizza for the brain (going to regret that simile)—it nourishes and satiates me in myriad ways, some of which I probably can’t articulate.

Luckily, I can articulate some of them, so I made this nice list of reasons why I love making things and why, perhaps, you could also. Typically I shy away from listicles, but dammit, this is the Internet and the Internet loves listicles, so here’s a listicle.  Hopefully you’ll find more substance in this one than in the average Buzzfeed post.

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munchman’s choice: “A push for more N.Y. ‘writers’ rooms'”

Welcome back for Day 2 of munchman Weekend. Are we having fun yet? Nevermind. Of course we are. And it continues with:

And now for some overlooked news of great relevance to writers living in New York who want to work in TV but don’t want to make the necessary step of moving to L.A. Some idiot’s actually trying to make your wrong-headed, totally ignorant non-move possible:

writersroomby Nicole Levy

When CBS bought the pilot she’d deliberately set in New York, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen had to negotiate with the network to staff the production in the city.

New York’s TV-writing talent pool was shallow, she was told, but the former Time staff writer was skeptical: “While that may be true for known talent, I think there is a lot of untapped talent … women, and minorities and people who look different than a lot of the writers in L.A., but who look like the rest of America,” Cullen said.

As New York state lawmakers discuss the state budget that will go into effect April 1, the Writers Guild of America East is lobbying for a bill that would give film and television productions incentive to hire untapped writing talent.

“Including writers as a qualified production cost will create jobs for New Yorkers as well as preserve New York’s strong tradition as a creative center for entertainment,” an AFL-CIO memo in support of the legislation said.

The bill amends the state’s film tax credit program, which offers $420 million a year to cover mostly technical and crew production costs, like props, makeup, wardrobe, lighting and post-production. Under the proposed law, the credits would also reimburse writers’ fees and salaries, up to $50,000 per project for qualified writers.

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munchman: Do You Know About the Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab?

Sundance Story Lab Captureby munchman

Actually, storytellers were much more than all-round traveling public service units back in the days of yore. For aboriginal people, storytellers were sacred, prophet-minstrels whose tales gave order to the chaos of their lives. But I’d never expect a fucking actor like Robby Redford to know that.

Still, the guy’s done a pretty good job with his Sundance gig, including the creation of the Sundance Episodic Story Lab, which is all about preparing you, me, and whomever else can crack open the gate and get in, a quick, down, and dirty course in writing for TV.

Well, okay, so Robby probably didn’t do it, but, hell, he has even more minions than LB so…that.

Anyway, Sundance is offering a 6 day story workshop September 27th to October 2nd of this year, and they – and TVWriter™ – think you should know all about it. So here’s the skinny on their awesome offering:

Over the past five years, we have seen an explosion of opportunities for writers working in the cable network/online space for serial content.

Although the opportunities are growing, there are still few training grounds for writers with independent and diverse voices who want to work in this changing landscape of episodic writing. With storytelling at the core of the Sundance mission, the Institute is in a unique position to offer this.

Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab will provide independent and underrepresented writers the opportunity to learn how to develop stories and characters that play out over multiple episodes, working in a setting where they can hone their writing skills and gain insight into navigating the business with accomplished creative and strategic mentors. Our world renowned Screenwriters Lab will serve as a model as we identify and develop new writers, compelling stories, and showrunners/creators for the burgeoning opportunities for episodic storytelling on all platforms.

The Lab will be organized as an immersive experience for ten writers over a six-day period at the Sundance Resort in Utah, home of our Feature Film Program and Documentary Film Program Labs. Although drama and comedy writing (single camera half hour comedy) are considered different skill-sets in episodic storytelling, the Lab will include writers and advisors from both areas of focus, divided into separate tracks for the first two days of one-on-one creative story sessions. The full group will come together for late afternoon and evening screenings and conversations and for the remainder of the Lab. The second half of the Lab will include extended in-depth sessions focused on navigating the key creative and tactical elements that are central to any writer/showrunner’s success.

Yer friendly neighborhood munchy one particularly likes the “sessions focused on navigating the key creative and tactical elements that are central to any writer/showrunner’s success” cuz the way I see it that’s truly the only stuff you can teach. The writing thing takes talent, but the politics thing – that’s something morons can easily succeed at. I know that cuz I’ve met so many highly placed idiots that the evidence is overwhelming.

Anyway, to find out more about the Story Lab and how to get into it and all that, you need to go to Sundance’s website, where all will be revealed…more or less.

Good luck! Write and tell us if you get in! And don’t forget to hire me if your class in the “tactical elements” sends you soaring to the top!

Here's yer free class in H'wood success - this very picture of how it's done!
Here’s yer free class in H’wood success – this very picture of how it’s done!

munchman: Some Late Summer TV Schedule Announcements

Oops, wrong pic. Close enough, tho.
Oops, wrong pic. Close enough, tho.

by munchman

Actually, they’re late coming from TVWriter™. We got the info awhile ago but…other stuff got in the way. Other stuff always gets in the way, which is probably why yer ever-lovin’ mud-eyed munchman isn’t doing as well as I should be.

Where was I? Oh, right. Summer TV shows:

ABC Summer 2014 Schedule

Thursday, April 24
10-11 p.m. Black Box (new series premiere)

Sunday, May 18
8-11 p.m. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 19
9:30-11 p.m. The Bachelorette

Wednesday, May 21
10-11 p.m. Motive

Monday, May 26
8-10 p.m. The Bachelorette (regular time period premiere)

Tuesday, May 27
8-10 p.m. Extreme Weight Loss

Saturday, May 31
8-9 p.m. Bet on Your Baby

Monday, June 2
10:01-11 p.m. Mistresses

Thursday, June 5
8-8:30 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night

Thursday, June 19
8-9 p.m. The Quest (new series premiere)

Sunday, June 22
7-9 p.m. Wipeout (special two-hour premiere)

Sunday, June 22
9-11 p.m. Rising Star (new series premiere)

Tuesday, June 24
10-11 p.m. NY Med

Sunday, June 29
8-9 p.m. Wipeout (regular time period premiere)

Thursday, July 17
10-11 p.m. Rookie Blue

Thursday, July 24
9-10 p.m. The Astronaut Wives Club (new series premiere)

Monday, Aug. 4
8-10 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (new series premiere)

Fox Summer 2014 Schedule

Thursday, March 27
9:30-10 PM – SURVIVING JACK (Series Premiere)

Tuesday, April 1
9-10 PM – THE MINDY PROJECT (One-Hour Spring Premiere)

Friday, April 11
9-10 PM – KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)

Monday, May 5
8-10 PM – 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Two-Hour Series Premiere)

Monday, May 12
9-10 PM – 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, May 13
9-10 PM – RIOT (Series Premiere) Hosted by Australian comedian/talk show host Rove McManus

Monday, May 19
8-9 PM – MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)

Thursday, May 22
9-10 PM – GANG RELATED (Series Premiere)

Saturday, May 24

Tuesday, May 27
8-9 PM – I WANNA MARRY “HARRY” (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, May 28
8-10 PM – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)

Monday, July 21
9-10 PM – HOTEL HELL (Season Premiere)

NBC 2014 Summer Schedule

Tuesday, May 27

Thursday, May 29
9-10 PM – UNDATEABLE (Back-to-back half-hour episodes each week)

Friday, May 30

Wednesday, June 25

Thursday, July 10

Tuesday, July 22

Posted with loving gratitude for our sources: The unprincipled, disgusting, anything-for-a-bunch class of people also known as adorable little imps working as P.R. Agents for various major networks. Thanks, folks!

munchman: Welcome to munchman Weekend

SpringBreak_PostCard-600x310by munchman

There’s been some talk around the halls of TVWriter™ that ye olde munchy one hasn’t been carrying his share of the editorial load here. Being that as sensitive and insightful as I am I’m not immune to the sting of unjustified criticism, I’ve prevailed upon our Beloved Leader LB to be allowed to take over and completely run the site this weekend.

And so, beginning with this post, that’s just what I’m doing!

Welcome to TVWriting munchman™, motherfuckers!

And don’t forget to write in and tell BL, LB how much you’ve enjoyed my tenure! (He’ll already be impressed by the way the visitor/view stats go ‘way up, but your commendations will be delicious fucking icing on the motherfucking cake!