Hey, It’s the Doctor Who Puppet

…What else can we say?

I’m back! I had a busy week of traveling around New York, including a visit to the Eastern tip of Long Island. I explored the beach and met some of the local wildlife. Crabs are lovely creatures, though they do get cross when you pick them up. I may have been pinched a few times.

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NBC’s Fall 2012 Series Premieres to Come Early

…probably because the only way they have a chance of getting an audience is if they’re on unopposed.

(Except for ANIMAL PRACTICE, above, because one of its writer-producers is TVWriter™ alum Curtis Gwinn.)

NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates: Most New Series To Debut Early, ‘Animal Practice’ & ‘Go On’ Get Olympics Previews

By NELLIE ANDREEVA

Premiere week will be all but for NBC this year as the network will open only one series, veteran Law & Order: SVU, in the traditional broadcast launch week, instead staggering its fall rollout over two months, from mid-August until mid-October. NBC will use its coverage of the summer Olympics and NFL football as launch pads for most of its new shows. Two of them, comedies Go On and Animal Practice, will get commercial-free previews during the Olympics — the Matthew Perry starrer Go On on Aug. 8 and the Justin Kirk-starring Animal Practice on Aug. 12, following the Olympics closing ceremony. On the next night, NBC will premiere the new Mark Burnett-Dick Wolf competition reality series Stars Earn Stripes. It will lead into the second season premiere of Grimm, which is already in production and will get an early run in the Monday 10 PM slot before moving to its regular Friday 9 PM berth on Sept. 14.

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Exactly What We Want to Hear, But Can We Believe It?

The closest thing we’ve ever heard to a television exec telling the truth was when a certain ABC V.P. sighed and told the showrunner of a very popular ABC show, “Okay, go ahead and do it your way. But if anyone asks I’ll say I told you not to.”

And, yes, the executive did just that, with the showrunner standing beside him.

Still, though, we want to believe what execs like the guy below say. Especially when they say things like this:

“Smart Is The New Mainstream” For TV, ABC Entertainment’s Paul Lee Says

By DAVID LIEBERMAN
“Storytelling itself has changed becuse [sic] our viewers have changed,” ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said this morning at his opening presentation for the Banff World Media Festival in Canada. ”Smart is the new mainstream….If the message of 20 years ago was famously never over-estimate the intelligence of the public, I think the message of today should be never under-estimate the intelligence of the public.”

Time Now for the Most Chilling TV News of the Day

…And it’s not: Mads Mikkelsen To Play Hannibal Lecter In NBC Series ‘Hannibal’

Or: MTV Movie Awards Down From Last Year

Or even: ICM Partners Hires Warner Bros Exec To Run New Digital Strategy Division

It’s:

THE STAR WARS: UNDERWORLD SERIES MIGHT NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE YOUNGLINGS

by Jamie Frevele | 2:47 pm, June 4th

While we all patiently wait for any news concerning Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars TV series, Star Wars: Underworld, here is something to tide us over: it might be a little racier than the movies. As in, producer Rick McCallum is comparing the planned stories to ones on the level of an FXseries. FX. They curse there. They kill there. They show butts, too, and sideboob. After the jump, find out more about what kind of sideboob we’re going to see on Boba Fett.

We all know the budget of this thing is huge — $5 to 6 million per episode — which is not pocket change, even for Lucasfilm, but still a challenge if they want to do more than one of these. But budget aside, McCallum has said that some are concerned about the proposed content of the show, and how it might not be appropriate for the kind of audience the original films sought out — the younger set. No, little Johnny and Jane might have to put on earmuffs for this one. Says McCallum:

“Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George [Lucas] before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”

We’re all for tearing up the envelope, but “These aren’t for kids?!”

WTF?

Further proof, your honor, that George Lucas needs to go the way of Britney Spears.

It’s time for a conservatorship. Pronto.

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LB: What’s the Connection between the Silver Surfer and My Favorite Failed Web Site?

by Larry Brody

TVWriter.Com has been a very successful website for a very long time. But that hasn’t kept me from thinking about ways to make our little home away from home a bit more than it’s been.

Got to thinking about a website Dan Davison and I put together about five years ago. The object behind PeerProducer.Com was to – for free – teach newbies how to make the best video they could. We never really got it flying for all the reasons most people don’t get things flying.

But today I ran across this promo video I made with another Dan, Dan Reynolds, President of TV station KTO 8 in the garden spot (I mean this) of Harrison, AR. And, dammit, I don’t care if it only got 187 views. I like it.

And now I’m getting the itch to make more.