Hot Writing Gig Tip: Reality Show Website Needs Snarky Reviewer

This just in via the Orange County Craigslist:


Want to write about reality TV? Website hiring writers (Los Angeles/OC) hide this posting
compensation: Pay per article/ recap

Howdy! is looking to add one or two writers to its team!

Established in 2010, is the premiere website for reality TV news, recaps & snark!

What we are looking for:
-An experienced writer we can email to cover various reality-TV-related news stories as they pop up. This person should be able to turn over content within eight hours (give or take), take spelling, grammar and accuracy very seriously, and be on the lookout for stories that would be a good fit for the site. You should have experience writing for an established website and be able to provide a few clips/links to show your style of writing.

-Someone who is a big fan of reality TV. (Please don’t apply if you do not watch these shows!)

While we cover almost all reality shows (except Housewives & Kardashians), we lean toward the following shows: The Bachelor franchise, the Teen Mom franchise, Sister Wives, The Voice, and the TLC shows. You should have a working knowledge of at least some of these shows.

-Someone who is snarky (but not mean-spirited) and can write with a bit of humor and fun.

-Someone who may want to take ownership of a show or two, and possibly write recaps to be posted the day after a show airs. (Please go to our site and click “Recaps” to get an idea of how we do it on The Roundup!)

-Someone with experience working with WordPress (this is great, but not required).

-Someone who may want to cover local events for The Roundup (this includes cool red carpet events, parties and media events). You may be working alongside The Ashley, or on your own representing the site.

If you’re interested, please send an email with the following:

1. Your name, location & contact information
2. How often you can provide an article (ideal would be 1-5 times a week)
3. Tell us your favorite reality TV shows & shows you are very well-versed in
4. Provide, in the body of the email (no attachments please), a sample of your writing (if you don’t have any samples, please write your version of this article: If this is not the type of stuff you want to write about, this job probably isn’t for you! 🙂
5. A list of sites/publications you have worked for in the past (or a resume works, if you prefer to send that)

This is a paid freelance gig. Pay is $7/article

It really requires the right person with the correct writing style. If you feel that this may be you, please email us! 🙂

Don’t take our word for it. Check out the ad itself HERE

Oh, and if you make contact, please tell us how it goes!

More Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published 1st

Some recent articles from other websites on TV, TV writing, and the TV biz that we think y’all should know about:

War and Peace Writer Andrew Davies: Bringing Tolstoy Back to Life
by Steven MacKenzie


Over the last three decades, if a TV programme has contained cummerbunds or corsets, petticoats or pantaloons and is based on a book, chances are Andrew Davies is behind it. His list of credits covers the crème de la crème of English liter-ature: Middlemarch, Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders, Vanity Fair, Tipping the Velvet, Bleak House. Does he read the literary classics so you don’t have to?

“No,” Davies corrects. The 79-year-old former English teacher believes that far from dumbing us down, it encourages people to rediscover the novels. “I hope people will enjoy the dramatisation so much that they will go and read the book. I hope they feel emboldened to read it. Certainly the sales of the books go up hugely when they’ve been on TV and I’m very pleased about that.”

Today, Tolstoy is hovering in the top 20 bestsellers after Davies’ triumphant adaptation of War and Peace (trailer below) brought Pierre, Natasha, Prince Andrei and a battalion of other characters into our living rooms, and made their lives, loves and losses seem immediate and vitally up to date….

Read it all at The Guardian

“Revisiting A Classic” by Earl Pomerantz


Comedy has changed.  Once – and not as far back as you might imagine – audiences watched comedy because they wanted to laugh.  Not to learn.  Not to protest.  Not to feel superior to the people who didn’t “get it.”

Simply to laugh.

And with laughter – and only laughter – in mind, the audience was willing to suspend mountains of evidentiary disbelief.

Nobody cared if it was real.

As long as it was funny.

Current comedy is expected to reflect our collective experience.  Not a bad thing.  For the most part, I prefer it.  But the price for comedic verisimilitude is the loss of hilarious silliness….

Read it all at Earl Pomerantz Blog

The Power of Creative Cross Training
by Srinivas Rao


For most creative professionals, we have a tendency to live within the limitations of our labels: copywriter, web designer, filmmaker, illustrator, and author. Those are the things we do and we get paid for.

But if we only do things we get paid for, we’re missing out on a huge opportunity for creative growth. Our labels don’t have to limit us to just one domain. When we’re willing to play outside our primary domain, and experiment we open up a lot of possibilities that may not have occurred to us before….

What is Creative Cross Training?

In the world of athletics, cross training is working on some element of performance that will impact your primary sport….

Read it all at The Guardian

Back when TV was fun
by Ken Levine


Now that networks own most studios you have more corporate types running things, everyone answering to someone else even more corporate. But just as there used to be larger-than-life movie moguls back in the day, TV studios were once piloted by more colorful personalities.

They were blustery, opinionated, candid, and very savvy. Decisions were made on instinct not research. And they made quick decisions. You may not have liked their rulings, but I’ve always believed that the next best thing to a “Yes” is a quick “No.”

David Isaacs and I got to work with a few of these cigar chomping Foghorn Leghorns during our career. Maybe tops among them was Lee Rich. Rich had come from the MAD MEN world of NY advertising in the ’50s and early ’60s….

Read it all at Ken Levine’s Blog

Politics Trumps TV Writing


Steve Hely

The TV writer’s lament: “Who do I have to fuck to get some publicity around here?”

Know why TVWriter™ features TV writers in as many of our articles – and headlines – as we can? One big reason is that even now, in the era of the Star Showrunner-Writer, most media still turn their backs on our beloved wordsmiths.

Today we spotted a truly interesting article about Steve Hely, who has written for shows like 30 Rock, The Office US, The Late Show With David Letterman and American Dad. An enjoyable and educational article by Alex Casey crammed with facts and opinions and insights about the whole TV writing and production process.

But what headline did The Spinoff, the New Zealand website that published it, use?

This one, referring to a very small part of the article:

Where is Steve Hely

Way to support writers, Spinoff!

But even though it pisses us off, we still think you should take a look at what Ms. Casey and Mr. Hely have to say. You can find it RIGHT HERE

Oh, we just noticed something else not cool. The post contains 8 images and 4 videos…and absolutely none of them show us Steve Hely. Trump is there though. Oh yeah.


DOCTOR WHO spinoff starts this October

The class of Class

The class of Class


Can’t help it. News this important needs to be posted PRONTO!

According to the usual reliable sources, the new Doctor Who spinoff, called Class, will be airing on Old Media TV – BBC and BBC America – starting in October.

For more info, click on over to the go-to Doctor Who site, Doctor Who TV

And/or check out this interview with creator Patrick Ness

Tell ’em TVWriter™ sentya. (Or not. No biggie here.)

Wonder what RTD will think of the show.

Diana Vacc sees “Suicide Squad”

suicide squad

by Diana Vaccarelli

 *If you haven’t viewed this film yet be warned this review may contain spoilers!*

The villains of the comic book age have now become the heroes in Suicide Squad.  The U.S Government gives a team of supervillains the chance to do some good in the world.  Lead by Deadshot (Will Smith), the villains are tasked to save the world from an evil, ancient power.


  • The performances and characters are very well done. Will Smith as Deadshot brings a humanity to the character through the tenderness of Smith’s interaction with Deadshot’s young daughter. We see what he fights for and why he chose to accept the government’s offer. I also absolutely loved Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.  She brings humor and honesty to the crazy and made me wish I had a bit more Harley in me. Way to go, Margot!
  • The characterization in general is so well written and directed by David Ayer that I found myself relating to all of them on some level.
  • Similarly, the chemistry between the actors is fantastic.  You feel as though they are becoming a real family.
  • The visual effects are top notch.  One scene with Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and his transformation into a fire demon is truly chilling to see. (Sort of pun sort of intended.)


  • In case you are wondering why I haven’t said much about the plot, it’s because that’s the one place the writing lets us down. I have no idea what the plot really was, or why the aforementioned “evil, ancient power” is doing what it does.
  • Jared Leto as the Joker.  Sadly, instead of coming up with a new take on the character, Leto essentially mimics Heath Ledger’s performance from The Dark Knight. I found this quite disconcerting. It seems to me that if you are going to mimic a performance you should also have the same look. But Leto is a clean cut Joker who doesn’t have the scarred appearance and sense of horrific insanity that Ledger had.

If you’re a comic book and superhero film fan, who can forgive a couple of unfortunate lapses, Suicide Squad should be right up your alley (especially since the Joker is barely in it, and let’s face it, we all know just about every comic book-based plot anyway.


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

munchman: Note to Martin Scorsese Fans

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage Mandatory Credit: Photo by Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock (2103317b) Mark Wahlberg Matt Damon The Departed - 2006

by munchman

Word on the interwebs is that The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar winning film, is headed for TV via Amazon and Warner Brothers.

The bad news, if you’re a Scorsese fan, is that he isn’t involved in the series.

The good news, if you aren’t a Scorsese fan, is that the creator-showrunner is Jason Richman, who also pulled the same duty (duties?) on a series called Detroit 1-8-7, one of the best shows of 2010, even if it didn’t make it very far into 2011.

OTOH, Variety today carried this little insider tidbit about the upcoming show:

The new spin on “Departed” revolves around a young cop who infiltrates a Latino gang in Chicago and battles the gang’s own plant in the police department. Like “Departed,” the series adaptation is also inspired by the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller “Infernal Affairs.”

So, you know, The Departed,TV-style,  may not really be The Departed at all.

And for you new writers who keep emailing TVWriter™ and asking why you aren’t getting one of the deals Amazon has publicized about being available just for creatives like you, now you know the harsh truth of showbiz: Just about any studio that can afford A list talent is going to buy as much of that as possible, regardless of their public desires.

Whatever the outcome of this development process, yer friendly neighborhood munchamatic sure hope this series is better than Scorsese’s last TV outing!

Diana Vacc sees “Bad Moms”

by Diana Vaccarelli

 *If you haven’t viewed this film yet be warned this review may contain spoilers!*

From the keyboards of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, writers of The Hangover, among other gems, comes a story of three overworked Moms who have had enough.  Bad Moms follows these three moms as, led by Mila Kunas, they decide to get as drunk as they can and live a life full of debauchery. What could possibly go wrong? 


  • Mila Kunis as Amy brings humor and reliability to the film as the main bad mom.  Watching her go through the day-to-day tribulations of her life you feel for her and definitely agree that she does need a break.
  • The chemistry between Kunis, and the other bad moms, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, comes sweeping out as us from the screen.  Watching the way they play off each other is almost as much fun as actually being them seems to be. I was absolutely convinced that they are truly lifelong friends. (And if they aren’t, I think they should be!)


  • Sorry, but we have to start with the writing. I consider The Hangover to be a classic comedy film and when I learned that Lucas and Moore were writing Bad Moms I had high hopes that they would be able to write women who were as funny as The Hangover‘s men. This film has its funny moments, to be sure, but overall the humor misses. The laughs are generic and unoriginal, as though they were working with a director who told them, “It isn’t a joke unless I’ve heard it before,” which is especially strange since they’re the credited directors themselves! This certainly does not live up to The Hangover.

If you’re a mom who needs a break then this film may bring you laughs. A more likely result, however, is that it will send you to the nearest bar.

Happy Summer Blockbuster Season!

Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE