Quick! Name the One Choice the Teen Choice Awards Don’t Offer

The Teen Choice Awards were held last night, and guess what winner wasn’t picked?

Why, that’s right. You’re amazing. There was no “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” award. No “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” category either.

We know, we know…teens don’t pay attention to the creators of their beloved shows and films and can’t be expected to. Only – they do. At least, when it came to books we and our friends certainly knew who the good writers were not so long ago when we were that age…and the bad ones too.

Are these teens or pre-teens? God, I’m all of 26 and I already can’t tell

So why can’t teenagers be aware of the writing and the writers that underlie the TV shows movies they watch? What if we went way beyond not expecting them to know and insteadtrained them to pay attention to the writers (and, maybe, the directors and producers, although we at TVWriter™ really don’t give a Disney about them)?

How would such training take place? Simple – by making “Best Teleplay” and “Best Screenplay” categories. Putting the winning writers on the air. Glorifying them just the way we do the stars whose jobs are to say the writers’ words?

Nothing’s better at creating public awareness than TV, remember?

Just sayin’.

Yes, this is a toddler agent, the perfect match for a teen writer. Those of you who know the Biz know how perfect this is.


STAR TREK Reanimated?

by Larry Brody

Captain Kirk rises to the occasion in “The Magicks of Megas-Tu”

New Star Trek TV show could be an animated series
by Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

A new Star Trek TV show is looking slightly more likely than it was a little while ago, judging from the slightly cryptic interview movie producer Roberto Orci gave TrekMovie the other day. Orci says the talks over a Trek television show aren’t real yet, but “they are almost real.” Adds Orci, “The relevant parties haven’t sat down in a room together, but they have sent messages through intermediaries.”

In other words, any TV show is probably a long way off, since the “relevant parties” haven’t even spoken face to face yet, including CBS. There may have been some semaphore action.

And it sounds like Orci, at least, is most excited about the idea of an animated Trek series — given that an animated show would have the least risk of “cannibalizing” demand for a third Trek movie, assuming it starts right before or after J.J. Abrams’ second movie. (Much like the way Tron: Uprising isn’t seen as killing the demand for a third Tron movie — probably the reverse, if anything.) And Orci seems to think it could involve the cast of the movies, having adventures in between the films. So, similar to the 1970s animated series, in other words.

The only question now is, will we finally get to see Lt. M’Ress again? And will there be a sequel to “The Magicks of Megas-Tu”?

TVWriter™ doesn’t often quote an entire article from another site, but I’m happy to make an exception in this case because:

  1. I love io9 because they’ve consistently shown their excellent taste by saying nice things about me. (By consistent I mean that as far as I know they’re 1 for 1.)
  2. I also love STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES because not only was it every bit as adult as The Original ST, I also worked on the show as a writer back when I was just starting out. (Want to know more about that?)
  3. Charlie Jane Anders seems to have a thing for The Magicks of Megas-Tu. Which I just happened to have written. Which means I also love Charlie Jane.

But as much as I enjoyed both the content of this article and the way it was written, I’ve got to tell the truth: I would hate to see another animated STAR TREK TV series overseen by Roberto Orci and his partner, Alex Kurtzman (who, although he shares the same last name as all-time genius writer/editor/artist Harvey Kurtzman judging from his work sure as hell ain’t no such genius). I’d also hate to see the rebooted trekosphere get its foot in the TV door because – sorry, gang – I think it’s immature and inane.

I’ll say this though: If the real STAR TREK came back to TV, animated or otherwise, I’d sharpen my pencils and get cracking in a jiff.

(“Pencils? “Get cracking? “Jiff?” Yep. When it comes to ST, my future’s kind of a retro one. Gotta live with that.)

Anti-Gays are Here Again

See, that’s a play on the very old song, Happy Days Are Here Again. But you already know that, right? No? Regardless, here’s why it matters:

NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ Draws Ire of One Million Moms Group
by Lesley Goldberg

Fall TV Pilot Preview: NBC’s ‘The New Normal’
The upcoming freshman comedy from openly gay writer/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Ali Alder (Glee) has drawn the ire of One Million Moms, the conservative anti-gay group that blasted retailer JC Penney for featuring a same-sex couple in a catalog and the ouster of Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

In a posting on its website, OMM blasts the show and calls for advertisers to boycott the series, which revolves around a gay couple (Andrew Rannels and Justin Bartha) who attempt to start a family via surrogate (Georgia King).

“NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage,” the group wrote on its site. “These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

Read the rest of OMM’s ignorant bullshit

For All The Rebels

It isn’t about violating the law, it’s about, um, erm…principle?

How to Pirate Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Books Without Getting Caught
by Kyle Wagner

Last time we did this, we were talking about software. This time, let’s talk media. That is movies, music, TV shows, and everything else the copyright lawyers scream about.

Before that, though, let’s talk about the ground rules here. You should not pirate things you don’t own. But ownership is a murky subject in content these days. Let’s say you bought a DVD in 2002, and now your new laptop doesn’t have a DVD player. You’re screwed—unless you want to buy the same movie, in a different format. Or you can pirate it.
Technically, you’re breaking the law. No way around that. But moralistically? It’s harder to say. But this guide isn’t here to debate morals. That’s on you. This is just a toolbox for how to pirate stuff without getting caught.

Low-Tech Hacks

This is really about the path of least resistance. And often, that is just using what’s available to you. Let’s go to the Game of Thrones argument. HBO won’t shut up and take your money for HBO Go a la carte. Right. Well, if your dad subscribes, or your Great Aunt Betty who loves her talkies but doesn’t work the computer so good, then you can take advantage of their subscription on HBO Go.

All you’ve got to do is log in with a subscriber’s cable service online information. So: call your dad and ask for his password. Problem solved. Same goes for Amazon Prime. If you don’t have the service, an account is permitted to cover multiple family members.

For books, there is the little-used Public Library ebook lending option. And also, Project Gutenberg has an expansive collection of free public domain works. Many of the more obscure works aren’t in the marketplaces, while some more popular books cost a nominal fee of $0.99 elsewhere.

Now on to the real stuff.

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Yeah. Principle. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

The Business of Showbiz: Viacom vs. DirecTV

Who Won The War: DirecTV Or Viacom?
By David Lieberman

DirecTV seems to have the edge in my non-scientific checks with industry watchers who monitored the contract dispute that for 10 days prevented 20M satellite customers from seeing Viacom’s 17 channels. But there are champions for both sides — and nobody outside of the companies knows enough about the financial terms to make a solid case for his or her view. Here’s what I’m told: DirecTV’s first year payment to Viacom in the seven-year deal is a double-digit percentage step up from what it was paying before, but less than the 30% that DirecTV said Viacom initially wanted. After that, DirecTV’s outlay for Viacom’s channels will rise by mid-single digit percentages each year. The deal gives DirecTV the right to stream Viacom programming to its customers — both inside and outside of their homes — via the satellite provider’s TV Everywhere program. And it doesn’t have to carry premium movie channel Epix, but has the option to pick it up.

When the talks initially broke down, Viacom said that its channels accounted for about 5% of the nearly $10B that DirecTV spent on programming last year — about $500M. Some say that the new deal would bring that to 6%, or $600M, but that’s in dispute.

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It’s articles like this one that make us fall in love with Deadline.Com all over again. Was that too much information? We really don’t want to give too much information…