LB: Meet the Brodys

by Larry Brody

Yep, this is how Gwen the Beautiful and I watch TV. The only difference is that we have this discussion (several times a night) in bed instead of on the living room couch.

Oh, and the hair thing. Currently, our hair has a bit more silver in it than brown or black (mine has a whole lot more) and isn’t, um, quite as thick as that of the couple above. read article

Why LB Won’t Be Seeing ‘Eternals’

by Larry Brody

First, a friendly admission: I’m a huge admirer of Gemma Chan. The way she played a robot is what made Humans truly human.

But in spite of both that and the fact that the film’s director, Chloé Zhao, is an Oscar winning director whose career I’ve followed with great interest, I have no intention of seeing this film.

Not because of subject matter, cast, theme, politics, screenplay, my own personal bias about those things, or any of the other basics that make all films what they are or are not, but because the reviews I’ve read (almost all of which are negative, btw) cite the very same elements that have made the Eternals my least favorite Marvel superhero gang since they first were introduced. read article

LB: “Forget the metrics…”

by Larry Brody

Two plus years ago on Twitter, I quoted an anonymous Starz executive who announced to one of the classes I was teaching here at TVWriter™ at the time as saying:

“Forget the metrics, just give us the absolutely best scripts you can. Showbiz is about hitting the jackpot, not becoming valedictorian.” read article

Lew Ritter: It’s All Your Fault, Larry Brody!

It’s All Your Fault, Larry:
How to Turn a Screenplay into a World Class (I Hope) Novel
by Lew Ritter

You may remember my name. I contributed articles to TVWriter™ from 2015-2017. But I’ll understand if you don’t.

In 2013, before I became a contributor, I wrote a television script called Turbulence and entered it into Larry Brody’s People’s Pilot Contest.

It did well the first time, winding up somewhere in the middle of the scripts submissions, so I made some changes and entered it again. The second time, it received Semi-Finalist status. read article

How Making It in Hollywood is Getting Harder Every Day

“Beware the Zoom room!” And other tips for newbies of all ages, sizes, shapes, genders, talents, ambitions, and other you-name-its!

photo by Alexis Hunley for the New Republic

by Kyle Paoletta

The streaming business is booming. But the industry’s working stiffs say their lives are only getting more precarious.

Edgar Momplaisir’s first glimpse of Hollywood success came early. Having dropped out of college in 2014 and moved to Southern California to chase the dream of writing for television, Momplaisir was named to a house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade, the improv theater that serves as a proving ground for aspiring comedy writers and performers. With a regular opportunity to showcase his talents, Momplaisir thought, “Holy shit, I made it.” read article