New Showrunner for SUPERNATURAL

Thank God. Because, really, did anyone ever think Sera Gamble or Bob Singer were writers?

New Supernatural Boss on Returning to the CW Series and ‘Resetting’ the Mythology – by Vlada Gelman

New Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver is coming back to the homestead with a mission: To make the Winchester brothers less complicated and more mature.

A fan-favorite writer from Seasons 3-5 — he was responsible for such memorable episodes as “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” “In the Beginning,” “Mystery Spot” and “Changing Channels” before leaving to executive produce Syfy’s Being Human — Carver says he had to do “a little bit of catching up” on Dean and Sam’s adventures once he decided to return to the CW series.

“The one thing that struck me [while] watching Season 7 was I felt like the show got a little bit buried under its mythology,” he says of the year that found Dick Roman trying to start a Leviathan takeover of the human population. “It became a little hard to tell exactly what was going on at times. The longtime fans all deserve intricate plot, but it felt a little burdensome.”

Carver says that he hopes to grip viewers by starting Season 8 with something familiar “like a flashback that lifelong fans or early fans will hopefully appreciate the magnitude of, but new fans can also grasp onto…”

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Oh, Higher Powers at CW, please don’t be playing with us. You’ve brought back the best writer who ever worked on the show, so please let him do his thing.

Because if you don’t we’re going to rip out your hearts, eat your souls, and in general go all Lilith on you,punks.


Doug’s Dozen: 12 More things Mitt Can Say to be Annoying at the Olympics

Better Late Than Never Dept:

Mitt ticks off the Anglo-Saxons. So much for the Mormon Conquest:

Thanks to Doug Molitor

BOSS Showrunner Says He’s Worried About the Ratings

Maybe if he had one – just one – likeable character on the series and one – just one – moment of joy he wouldn’t have to worry because the ratings would take care of themselves.

Boss Creator “Heartbroken” Over Low Ratings: “I Hope We Get to Tell the Entire Story” – by Kate Stanhope

It’s no secret that Boss, despite its famous leading man and Golden Globe win, has been struggling in the ratings.

“I am completely aware of what the numbers are and I’m heartbroken,” creator and executive producer Farhad Safinia told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s fall preview sessions Thursday. “There are so many great things about the show that I feel it deserves a larger audience.

Boss was renewed for a second season even before the show debuted. The series premiered to 1.05 million viewers last October on Starz.

Safinia also believes it was the show’s low ratings that caused [series star Kelsey] Grammer’s Emmy snub. After winning a Golden Globe award in January for his performance, many awards show pundits predicted he would also snag an Emmy nomination. “Kelsey not getting nominated is a travesty. I just don’t understand it,” Safinia said. “The only explanation I can come up with is perhaps that people didn’t get to see it.”

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Aw, Farhad, don’t sweat it. Stick to your icky vision of politics and life. Be true to yourself, dood. If you live in a world without happiness, why betray it just to make your audience feel, you know, good?

LB: Concentration – The Secret of Writerly Success

by Larry Brody

Hot Tip #27: Never let anything interfere with your work:

“Dissolve to? Cut to? But how quick a cut…?”

munchman: M. Night Shyamalan Bringing His Patented Incoherence to TV

And Marti Noxon’s going to fix it! (We hope.)

M. Night Shyamalan Jumping Into Scripted TV With Syfy Project (Exclusive) – by Philiana NG

Syfy is getting into business with feature filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

The cable network has given a put-pilot commitment to a project from Shyamalan and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Marti Noxon titled Proof, marking his first foray into scripted television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Shyamalan, who made his mark with The Sixth Sense,would direct the Universal Cable Productions project.

Proof centers on the son of a billionaire tech genius who offers a large reward for anyone who can find proof of life after death following the tragic accident and sudden passing of his parents.

Shyamalan and Noxon will co-write the project and serve as EPs. Ashwin Rajan, of Shyamalan’s Blinding Eagle, will also serve as an exec producer.

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TVWriter™ predicts:

  1. The original script will suck because it will lack both characterization and logic
  2. The revised script will suck even more because Shyamalan won’t let Noxon add any characterization or logic and, in a fit of ego, will remove whatever was there before
  3. The pilot will cause unintended laughter every time it’s aired
  4. The pilot will be aired about 8000 times because the show will go to series no matter how bad it is, which means we’ll all have permanent smiles
  5. The series will be cancelled/abandoned/whatever before the first season can officially end
  6. Shyamalan will immediately go to work on another project for which he will be paid more money and will screw that one up too

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