TVWriter™ Post of the Week

As determined by TVWriter™, of course.

Here they are, the TVWriter™ posts TeamTVWriter likes best for the week ending today, June 22nd:

I’ve Tried to Watch FAIRLY LEGAL

Raise Your Hand if You Love BREAKING BAD

We Refuse to Make “Pan Am is Grounded” Jokes

Why KNIFEMAN Won’t Work

More Proof of the Existence of a Benevolent, um, God (Goddess?)

We have nothing to add to this:

Part 1 of NBC’s Justin Bieber: All Around the World special on Wednesday night drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating with them oldsters in the 18-49 demo. That puts it 47 percent below what the Peacock’s recent Adele music special scored.

NBC’s Biebfest thus only bested The CW’s Top Model repeats in the pre-bedtime 8 o’clock hour, trailing shows such as Dogs in the City and ABC sitcom reruns.

EDITED TO INCLUDE THE LATEST “NEWS”: Opening the night, Part 2 of NBC’s aforementioned Justin Bieber: Around the World special drew 3.1 mil and a 0.8, down a tenth in the demo from Wednesday and putting it in fourth place ahead of only The CW’sBreaking Pointe (which gained a few eyeballs, hitting 910K). Fox’s Take Me Out (3.15 mil/1.2), meanwhile, saw gains of 20 and 9 percent.

via TV Line

Is This Really the Easy Way to Throw Out Clichés?

Yes, it’s true. We actually stayed away from ironically using a cliché to present this program that enables writers to “scan your work for monitored words, clichés, and overused phrases and words.”

It seems like a great idea. An “automated tool…that scans your…work…and hightlights areas that might need closer attention.” We’re going to try it and hope some of you will too because if SmartEdit can create better writers we can finally rid the world of the Number 1 Enemy of Good Writing in the world since the Dawn of Time.

That’s right, English comp teachers. We’re talkin’ ’bout you.

Check this one out

munchman: Why BARBARELLA Won’t Work

Yeah, BARBARELLA. Produced/Directed by Nicolas Refn. Starring Who Knows? No network specified yet.

Anyway:

  • It doesn’t star Jane Fonda
  • Hippies don’t watch TV
  • Jane Fonda probably doesn’t even watch TV
  • The director is a foreigner who isn’t Roger Vadim
  • Jane Fonda isn’t even Jane Fonda anymore anyway

There is, however, one way to save this show:

  • Add visual scrumptiousness, heaps of sex, and lots of P.R. about being faithful to the original comics conception. The TV audience doesn’t give a blind angel’s wings about any of that, but blissfully ignorant fandom will step in and add at least 1 undeserved season to its life

Oh, that’s Jane Fonda in the pic above. According to her autobiography, Vadim, who directed the original BARBARELLA and micro-managed Jane Fonda both as Barbarella and as, well, Jane Fonda, created huge self-doubt issues for her that she’s only now getting over. But that look he also created for her has to have been worth it. Ask any current reality show starlet. Go ahead.

munchman

munchman: Why KNIFEMAN Won’t Work

Yeah, KNIFEMAN. Produced/Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Tim Roth. No network specified yet.

Anyway:

  • It stars Tim Roth
  • Tim Roth will take over the show the way he did LIE TO ME
  • Tim Roth will make David Cronenberg’s life a living, needle-faced hell (or he would if Cronenberg didn’t have a million other projects to work on and care about more)
  • Even if Cronenberg stays strong/involved Tim Roth won’t leave the trailer unless he gets his way (you don’t want to see his midget tantrums, really)

There is, however, one way to save this show:

  • Make Tim Roth’s character the villain but don’t tell him (because the only way an audience can root for Tim Roth is if it’s rooting for his slow, merciless destruction)

Oh, that picture at the top? That’s David Cronenberg. Dude gives me nightmares w/o even yelling, “Action.” But in a good way.

munchman