Need your input

I’m adding a section to the left column called ‘Podcasts’. Some of these will be links to useful writing podcasts, but I also hope to link to my own.

What I need to know is, what would make for an interesting podcast? What topics could I cover that would be of interest to you? What would entice you to download my podcast?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 27, 2006

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Back to work

Hope everyone had a great holiday! (And you Canadians — hope you had a good week).

Now that I’m back in the City of Angels, it’s time to get crackin’. I’ve got a lot of writing to do — rewrites mostly right now — and little time to waste.

Oh, and for those who are interested, I’ve learned from multiple sources that the calls/emails for the Fellowship went out last Wednesday. I did not receive one. So, I guess I try again next year!

Yes, I’m disappointed, but I allowed myself a day or two to mope, and now it is time to focus on the writing. Clearly I have some work to do to make the grade next time.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 27, 2006

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Clean up

CW gives more episode orders to ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘One Tree Hill’ bringing their orders up to 20 and 21 episodes respectively.

‘Gilmore Girls’ numbers have been pretty good so far. Big question facing CW: Will they really be able to justify renewing this and 7th Heaven for one more year, even if the numbers are decent?

Reba’s back on, but the numbers aren’t that great. Big surprise.

Reminder: NBC cut ‘Las Vegas’ episode order to 17 in August.

ABC gave ‘What About Brian?’ a full season order. Despite the advertising ‘Show Me the Money’ is not Shat-tastic, but is, instead, really Shat-ty.

I really like ‘Men in Trees’. You people better watch on Thursday night so I can spec this show with a clear conscience. Dangit.

No word yet from the ABC Fellowship. When I know, you’ll know.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 20, 2006

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3 LBS a snooze…and a bomb

I don’t know about any of you guys, but I caught the pilot of this and it is a snore. I read a review somewhere which called it ‘House-lite’. I couldn’t agree more.

The numbers also show it probably isn’t long for this world…

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This post was written by Shawna on November 15, 2006

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Studio 60 gets full season

Okay Sorkin lovers, NBC has decided to stick with the show. You’ve got a full season.

Now can it do well enough to get a second? (BTW, NBC may change the schedule around. Prepare to see Studio 60 pop up on another night).

Link: NBC’s ‘Studio 60’ gets full season

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This post was written by Shawna on November 10, 2006

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Smith episodes available online

I know many (very many) of you were upset that ‘Smith’ got cancelled. Well, CBS has decided to at least show what they have online at their innertube site.

This news, taken with the other efforts they’ve made giving access to unaired shows, means that CBS is quickly learning how to take advantage of all the content they have.

CBS to Stream Remaining Smith Episodes on innertube

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This post was written by Shawna on November 9, 2006

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ABC finally heeds my advice

Men in Trees is moving to Thursday after Grey’s Anatomy beginning 11/30 and is given a full season order. Six Degrees IS NOT cancelled, and apparently will return to the schedule in January.

This comes on the heels of news from CBS that Jericho is being split into ‘two’ seasons, with new episodes coming in February (and ‘King of Queens’ filling its time slot during the hiatus). Lost is already doing this and ends it’s ‘fall’ half-season tonight, returning in January (edit: as noted in comments, ‘Lost’ will return on Feb. 7).

Networks know these types of shows don’t repeat well, and audiences are more likely to stick with it if the shows aren’t getting interrupted with repeats during their runs.

the futon critic

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This post was written by Shawna on November 8, 2006

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CBS learning how to crawl

It took a surprise hit movie to do it, but CBS is streaming a rejected pilot, The Papdits, written by Ant Hines (of Da Ali G Show and ‘Borat’) on their innertube site.

Let’s hope they do more of this…who knows, they may find some diamonds in the pilots they initially rejected if there is an audience for the online shows…

(Special P.S. to WB — could you please do the same for Global Frequency??)

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This post was written by Shawna on November 6, 2006

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Variety tackles the question of breaking in

Great article in Variety today about how difficult it is to break into the biz. Read it.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 6, 2006

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The Singles Table – NBC cuts order

Let’s play a little game, shall we? Read this quote from the linked article:

Observers noted that an episode order cutback would be pricey for NBC given the international sales already in place for the show and the episode fee guarantees associated with high-level talent like Silverstone.

What are we to deduce?

If it is more expensive for a network to cut episodes than to order them, the show must suck. A LOT. I dunno, you read that any other way??

Link:NBC scales back ‘Singles’ order

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This post was written by Shawna on November 6, 2006

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