Diana Vacc sees Outlander Episode 11 “Vengeance is Mine”

Outlander Season 2 2016

by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander, entitled “Vengeance is Mine,” covers so much ground that it’s hard to know where to begin.

After several victories, Bonnie Price Charlie (Andrew Gower) and his Generals argue over whether to storm London. After much debate they decide to turn back to Scotland for the winter and to their ultimate defeat in the future. While in Scotland, our band of merry men are trapped in a church by English Soldiers. To save them, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) comes up with a plan all too appropriate to the world of 2016.

If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.


  • The writing of the episode was once again brilliant.  Author of the beloved series Diana Gabaldon herself pens this episode. As a reader of the novels this episode brings me back into the books. Of course. things had to be changed or left out due to time, but the viewing was still a wonderful experience. A scene in particular was when Jamie (Sam Heughan) is praying in Gaelic over a sleeping Claire. This scene’s power comes from its foreshadowing, making me fear of what’s to come.
  • The Acting in this show never ceases to amaze me. Showrunner Ron Moore and his team have done an amazing job with casting.  This week’s guest stars are particularly strong.  Andrew Gower, our Bonnie Prince Charlie, shows us a man of both determination and weakness who at last comes into his own as a leader by following his better judgment instead of his instincts. Rosie Day as wallflower Mary Hawkins brings both the innocence and the strength needed for the character when she gets avenges her rape by killing the rapist. The revenge made me squeal with joy. WAY TO GO, MARY!


Once again, there is not one thing I didn’t like about this episode. Never before have I felt this way about any TV series or film based on a book or series of books I’ve loved.


You probably already know what I’m going to say: If you haven’t watched this show you truly need to start!

Happy TV Watching!

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

Jeane Wong wins 1st Universal Cable Productions Pitch Fest

by TVWriter™ Press Service

jeane-wong-jpegProving that some execs really do know their shit a good thing when they see it, Jeane Wong, a script coordinator for ARROW and a 3rd Place Winner in TVWriter™’s 2014 Spec Scriptacular and Semi-Finalist in the 2014 People’s Pilot is the overall winner of Universal Cable Productions’ first Pitch Fest.

UCP recently opened its doors to undiscovered storytellers looking to pitch the next great television series to studio executives. Dubbed “Pitch Fest,” the first annual event attracted more than 500 submissions, with 22 finalists given 10 minutes to pitch their idea to UCP’s development team. The winning pitch, “The Thin Line,” was submitted by Jeane Wong and is slated for development later this year.

Wong is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature. She was a semifinalist in Disney’s ABC Writing program and is an alumna of the Producer’s Guild Workshop. Her winning submission, “The Thin Line,” is a revisionist history series set in present-day America where segregation still exists after an unsuccessful 1960s civil rights movement. Against the backdrop, a man goes undercover for the FBI, setting himself on a collision course with his estranged brother, who happens to be the leader of a violent underground group.

According to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, the UCP team was impressed with Wong’s original pitch and further intrigued by her talent after reading the script.

“The theme of Jeane’s script immediately caught our attention because it’s compelling, timely and its themes resonate with what’s going on in our world today,” said Olmstead. “We look forward to helping her bring her vision to life.”


Wong is repped by Gotham.

Yay, Jeane!!!

The One Question Every Writer Needs to Answer


by Kathryn Graham

“Am I a real writer?”

There are lots of memes that float around facebook about what makes something ‘real’. They say things like ‘real women have curves’ or ‘real men wear pink’ usually typed over photographs of what some dingbat with Photoshop or MS Paint thinks represents reality.  It’s all hogwash. A ‘real’ woman or man simply is because they feel they are. There is no prerequisite to becoming what you already are.

The same goes for asking if you’re a real writer. It can be worthwhile to ask yourself just how passionately you feel about writing, in what venue, if you care about creating great television, being published, or any other number of things that come along with the business of writing. It’s worth it to ask yourself how much writing means to you because it will require a lot out of you. But asking if you’re a real writer?

I asked myself this question during a time in my life when I wasn’t writing as much as I would have liked. The conventional wisdom always came back to: “Real writers write. Period.” This bit of wisdom sounds all tied up with bow and a tag that reads “This is the final word”. In actuality, it’s probably just as worthless as ‘real men wear kilts’.

Let’s put it this way. If Stephen King stops writing for months, even years, and doesn’t put a word down on paper – is he still a ‘real writer’? Does he only become a real writer again once he commits to sit in front of a blank page on a computer screen and tap tap tap away at the keys?

I’d like to tell you that if you ask yourself if you’re a ‘real writer’ and you feel like you are, poof, that’s all you need. But the fact is you can think that you’re not a real writer and still be one. You can also believe that you’re a ‘real writer’ and spend your entire life never actually writing anything.

So you want to know if you’re a real writer? If asking yourself that question makes you feel good, reassured of your identity, and ready to follow through on your choices, that’s great. If not, try re-framing the question. How much do you care about writing right now? What are you willing to do or sacrifice to get it done? What kind of impact does writing have on your life and your well-being? Whatever the answers are now, you can always come back at another time and find out if your feelings or your circumstances have changed. The only thing being ‘real’ requires is being honest with yourself and making choices you can live with.

Kathryn Graham is a Contributing Writer to TVWriter™. Learn more about Kate HERE

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – June 27

In case you’ve missed what’s happening at TVWriter™, the most popular blog posts during the week ending yesterday were:

Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: The 1 Book Every New TV Writer Needs

Kelly Jo Brick: The Write Path with Mark Goffman

Confessions of a Contest Script Reader

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline


The Logline

The Teleplay

Student Central

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed. re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!

(Oh, and if you know why people still seem to be dying to read about Season One of SUPERNATURAL, please let us know. The secret of that kind of success could be a goldmine for any network!)


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Diana Vacc Sees Outlander Ep 10 “Prestonpans”


by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander is about the big battle of Prestonpans where Jamie leads the Scottish Army to victory over the English.  If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.


  • The writing of the episode was brilliant, as usual. Ira Steven Behr brings us an episode steeped in history.  He brings both tears and humor to such an historic event. Tears filled my eyes at the death scene of Angus, our humorous Scot. I couldn’t help but laugh when after the battle Jamie ( Sam Heughan) eases the tension by starting a competition to see if he can pee in a large cup at a far distance. It seemed such a raunchily 21st Century thing to do!
  • The acting in this show continues to amaze me.  Caitriona Balfe’s Claire is especially believable setting up a field hospital and taking control in a time when women had to be obedient. Sam Heughan’s Jamie delivers a performance that shows why his character is known as the King of Men. Talk about demonstrating the personality of a true leader! And Graham McTavish is perfect as Dougal Mackenzie, war chieftain of the clan Mackenzie and Jamie’s Uncle, making us both love and hate him in this episode. The character is our hero earlier in the battle, but we find ourselves hating him afterward when he continues his bloodthirsty ways, killing a wounded soldier.


  • Once again I couldn’t find one thing to not like about an Outlander episode. The gamut of emotions this show covers is truly extraordinary. Once again, I urge everybody who hasn’t watched it to set your DVR and prepare to be entertained.Happy TV Watching!

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