Q&A Summary of Ronald D. Moore

Kira has posted an excellent summary of a chat with Ronald D. Moore, he the creator of the new (and much improved, in my opinion) ‘Battlestar Galactica’. More good stuff!

I went to the tribute to Stephen J. Cannell at the WGA Foundation last night. I’ll try to post some thoughts about this event later.

UPDATE: Let me clarify — Stephen J. Cannell is very much alive. He was honored with the Paddy Chayefsky Award from the WGA this year, and the WGA Foundation held a tribute/ Q&A with him and many of his colleagues in his honor. Cannell has a fantastic tan.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 31, 2006

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The writers’ room: an interview

Great interview with JJ Philbin over at Silly Pipe Dreams about the writers’ room and other topics of interest to TV writers. JJ is a co-producer on ‘The O.C.’ Worth a read. Or two. Or three.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 30, 2006

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Writing update

Figured I’d just post a quick update on writing progress…

Finished my Cold Case spec and am now in rewrites, getting notes from people, making some changes. So far, no major story issues, which is great, so the changes have all been pretty minor.

I got accepted to the Advanced Drama Pilot Spec class at UCLA Extension for the Spring semester, so that will be my next project. Though, I’ve made the difficult decision to replace my Lost spec with a Medium spec. Certainly not an even trade, but I just feel like I don’t have it in me to fix the Lost and I’ve been at a loss for new story ideas, given that the storylines right now are just insane.

Meanwhile, still percolating on a couple of feature specs, which hopefully someday I’ll get to. I hope to go out with my TV specs to agents very soon, and of course I’m on the hunt for a Writers’ Assistant position.

No real news right now. More as it happens.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 28, 2006

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Arrested Development not likely to return

You’ve probably already read the news, but this article in Variety indicates that the show may really be done.

RIP, Bluth family.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 28, 2006

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Best headline of the day

if you are a woman.

…actually for guys too.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 27, 2006

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And they say divorce is too easy in this country

Apparently in India, you can divorce your spouse in your sleep.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 27, 2006

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New blog links!

I’ve decided to share the love for those who link to me, so I’ve added some reciprocal blog links in the sidebar. I’m also starting to catch up on who is actively posting.

Remember the rule here: Post or you’re toast. No new posts in 60 days (with a few exceptions — Paul Guyot stays because I think his archives are valuable) and you will be off the blogroll.

I also take bribes. But I will never feature Google ads. It’s a principle thing.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 27, 2006

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My hero

A writing student lives in a Wal-Mart for a couple of days and tells a hilarious tale. No condemnations, no recriminations about the “evil” Wal-Mart. Just a really funny, interesting story.

The things we do for our craft.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 27, 2006

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What I Like About You no longer liked so much.

Futon critic reports that the WB’s ‘What I Like About You’will end its run tonight. The poor show is the least watched program on the WB, so it isn’t much of a surprise that it won’t make it to the CW. I’m sure Amanda Bynes will find another teen movie to make before going to another show.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on March 24, 2006

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