Headed to Austin

I’ll try to post while I’m at the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference. Who knows, maybe I’ll even see a FILM this year (I’ve been the last two years and still haven’t seen a festival film!)

Tim Kring will be there. John August. Terry Rossio. Danny Boyle. Robert Townsend. Shane Black. Phil Rosenthal. Greg Daniels. So many more I can’t even remember them all of the top of my head.

If you’ll be there to, let me know!

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This post was written by on October 14, 2008

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Writing update

Today my sister and I got the ball rolling on renewing our option for our pilot. This was a happy happy thing as you can imagine. We’ll get another year to fight the good fight with smart people who love our show.

Really can’t ask for anything more. Well, except to sell the darn thing and make a series.

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This post was written by on October 10, 2008

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TBS renews My Boys for third season

From the press release: “MY BOYS premiered to critical praise on TBS in November 2006. When the show returned to complete its first season in summer 2007, it scored 22% growth among adults 18-34. The series’ second season grew its audience to more than 1.5 million viewers, a 14% increase over the first season.”

It will return next summer.

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This post was written by on October 7, 2008

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FX gives Sons of Anarchy second season

As the title says, FX has renewed the new show Sons of Anarchy for a second season.

I don’t know if this is a show to spec quite yet, but this renewal will prompt a lot of people to check out the show, which could give it some mojo here in town.

Let’s keep an eye on this.

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This post was written by on October 7, 2008

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Pardon our Dust

Yup, doing some tinkering with the blog today. Sorry for page clutter. We should have it cleaned up a bit later today.

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This post was written by on October 6, 2008

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Mentalist gets a full season, ‘outsourced’ CW Sunday bombs

So, just a few quick updates — CBS has given The Mentalist a full season order on the strength of its ratings for its second episode. I think the show is a good time period filler for the network, and I like Simon Baker. Not sure how the show will develop, but at least we’ll find out. Bad news for CBS: The Ex-List did not premiere well, with lower numbers than last season’s Moonlight (I can hear the Moonlight fans victory cheers now).
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This post was written by on October 6, 2008

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Awesomely helpful writing tip

Linking this because it is AWESOME.

http://www.gointothestory.com/2008/10/dumb-little-writing-tricks-that-work.html.

Writers should never use the verbs ‘walk’ or ‘look’. Read the post to find out what you SHOULD be doing instead (hint, buy a highlighter. Or two).

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This post was written by on October 3, 2008

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Raising the Bar – Early episode viewing

I don’t know how many of you are watching RAISING THE BAR on TNT, but I just got the link for a ‘sneak peek’ at the new episode that airs Monday. They send it, I post it. Thems the rules.

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This post was written by on October 3, 2008

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Sometimes I do watch too much TV

Maybe if I didn’t watch so much, I wouldn’t get annoyed by the similarities of a scene in two different shows.

This is from FRINGE on Tuesday night, where Peter discovers that The Observer can do a neat trick:

Now, here’s a clip from the episode “Midnight” from DOCTOR WHO last season.  When I saw Fringe, I immediately remembered this scene:

and the first 20 seconds of this one:


Something about this really sticks in my craw, and I’m not sure why. I think I just wanted Fringe to find a different way to handle this scene. And they way both scenes think ‘banana’ is a random word is a bit unsettling.

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This post was written by on October 2, 2008

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The Spec Picture right now

Based on how things are faring right now, I would recommend holding off on a Pushing Daisies or a Terminator spec.  Both those shows are suffering badly on their second season returns. (Or, if you are going to write them, get them out FAST, because you may not be able to use them for more than a few months).

I feel better about my CHUCK spec now.

I don’t think anyone will have to write a KNIGHT RIDER spec.  Thank goodness.

Remember when I said BONES probably isn’t a good spec?  I’ve changed my mind.  The show is popular and gaining momentum in town I think.

Comedy specs: NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE: Dead.  TIL DEATH: Dead.

I have a feeling I’ll be seeing THE MENTALIST specs by next spring.  I have no feeling one way or the other about this.

Cable is still the place to spec right now — DEXTER, MAD MEN, THE CLOSER.  I’m even contemplating a BURN NOTICE spec myself, which I would never have thought to do a few months ago.

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This post was written by on October 2, 2008

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