HERBIE J PILATO – THE SPRINKLER OF STARDUST

Who says TV is ignoring people over 50? Not our Contributing Editor Herbie J! And we minions at TVWriter™ aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed:

by David Laurell

Herbie J Pilato has just finished taping an episode of his new show, “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” which will debut on the Decades Network in the first quarter of 2017. As his guest, Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960’s “Batman” series, is mingling with crew members – signing autographs and posing for photos – Pilato quietly stands in the shadows of the studio’s set.

“This is just what I wanted the show to be,” he says. “An opportunity for viewers to get a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who played instrumental roles in the television shows they grew up with.”

Pilato is a writer, author, producer, performer, consultant and entertainment executive who has worked on numerous television productions, including Bravo’s five-part series, “The 100 Greatest TV Characters,” “Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story,” A&E’s biography of Lee Majors, and TLC’s “Behind the Fame” specials on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law.”

He has served as a consulting producer and onscreen cultural commentator on documentaries for Sony, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros., including “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Kung Fu” and “CHiPs.”

The author of a long list of top-selling, critically acclaimed pop culture and classic television-related books published by Taylor Trade Publishing, Pilato’s best-known tomes include “Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s” (2016), “Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door” (2014), “The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide To Her Magical Performances” (2013), and “Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery” (2012).

He has also authored “The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom” (Tuttle Publishing, 1995), which, based on the series, offers readers a set of principles for living a peaceful and fulfilling life, and “NBC & ME: My Life as a Page in a Book” (BearManor Media, 2008),” a memoir of his time as an NBC page where he worked on numerous shows including “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”…

Read it all at Life After 50

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – January 9, 2016

 

Here we go, TVWriter™’s  latest look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Peggy Bechko’s World of Backstory

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

“Are You Still Working on ‘The Inspector’ Movie?”

Herbie J Pilato: The Glory of Wonder Woman

Speaking of Travis Richey

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages were, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Outline/Story

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Logline

TVWriter™ Writing & Showbiz News Feed

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of 2016

It’s the second day of 2017, and Team TVWriter™ is “back on the air” after the holiday break and working our way back up to our usual schedule of daily posts.

We also have a couple of new features.

First and foremost is our new “Top Spots on TVWriter™” slideshow in the righthand index. Just move your eyes right and you’ll see it…unless, of course, there’s been a tech glitch. (And this being TVWriter™, and the interweb, hey, it could be quite likely.) Top Spots is a series of clickable links to parts of the site we think are especially important. Those spots will change from day to day or week to week, so it’s worth having a look when you visit.

Our second new feature is the “TVWriter™ Writing & Showbiz News Feed.” This is a curated presentation of news stories about – surprise! – writing and showbiz. Not only does this replace our former weekly “Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published First” column, it totally kicks ass by automatically updating every two hours. So you know the drill: Visit early and visit often. (And if there’s a particular news source you’d like us to carry, let us know and we’ll do our best to add it.)

And now, onto the business at hand. Today we’re looking back at all of 2016 and giving you the Top Ten Most Visited Posts and Resource Pages of the Year.

The most popular blog posts during the year 2016 were, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: Where Did THE FALL GUY Live?

‘Designated Survivor’ a hit for ABC

8 Tips for Writing for Children’s TV Shows

Peggy Bechko’s World: So Finish It Already! 4 Tips for Finishing Your Story

Peggy Bechko Muses About Writing With A Partner

Peggy Bechko on the Writer’s Curse: Overthinking

LB: What Was It Like to Work with Lynda Carter & Loni Anderson?

Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

The 100 and the Power of Story

And our most visited permanent resource pages were, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Logline

The Teleplay

The Outline/Story

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Enter

2015 SPEC SCRIPTACULAR Winners

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: About

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great year at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Happy New Year! So glad to be back!

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – Dec. 19, 2016

It’s the week before Christmas, and the gang here at TVWriter™ is going to be taking some time off, just like the rest of showbiz.

No, we aren’t going to Hawaii, like all the execs and retirees, but we definitely are going to chill (yeppers, pun intended) with our families and friends and rejuvenate so we can return more powerful than ever (like, you know, all those not-really-defeated-after-all superheroes we see everyplace now).

Our hiatus starts today, and we’ll be back January 2. Meanwhile, there’s many years of still amazing tips, tricks, articles and posts (this site started almost 20 years ago!) that you can find by scrolling madly or searching or checking the archives in the index on the righthand side of the site. And in case you missed what happened at TVWriter™ last week, the most popular blog posts during the week ending yesterday were:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

MAKING THE CUT: 10 TIPS FROM WRITING FELLOWSHIP WINNERS

TIMELESS: Will it get stuck in the Time Tunnel?

Dennis O’Neil: The CW’s Adventure In Time and Space

Larry Brody: TVWriter University Update for 2017

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Teleplay

The Logline

The Outline/Story

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great year at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved! And while you’re at it, why not sign up for the TVWriter™ Online Workshop that starts next month?

Merry! Happy! Seeya next year!

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – Dec. 12, 2016

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

TIMELESS: Will it get stuck in the Time Tunnel?

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Peggy Bechko’s First Appearance on TVWriter™

Larry Brody: TVWriter University Update for 2017

And the 2017 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Are…

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Teleplay

The Logline

The Outline/Story

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Larry Brody: TVWriter University Update for 2017

The University of Tomorrow - Today

The University of Tomorrow – Today

by Larry Brody

Brace yourselves, online learning-about-writing fans, because I’m here to announce some changes in the TVWriter™ Online Workshop, um, thing.

Our various workshops, operating under the collective name of TVWriter University, have been up and running on the web, with occasional forays into the Real World (remember the various Brodystock Summer Intensive Seminars and the Secrets of the Writers Room held at the original Cloud Creek Ranch in Southern California, in Las Vegas, and even in Arkansas?) since 1999 or 2000. (Guess I should keep better records.)

Over the years we’ve altered the formats and added some activities from time to time, and this year the big news can be expressed in one word:

Consolidation.

As of this month, there no longer is a Fundamentals of TV and Film Writing Workshop. Nor is there an Advanced TV and Film Writing Workshop.  At least, not by those names.

Inside, we’re combining both of them into the new TVWriter™ Online TV and Film Writing Workshop. All the reasons for this are presented on its web page (which used to be the Advanced Workshop page) HERE.

Thanks to the current volume of electronic entertainment available to so many more people than ever before, and a more open and respectful attitude from institutions of higher learning, those who are interested in learning the fundamentals of scriptwriting, whether they want to use them for pleasure or profit or, of course, both, have much greater access to the knowledge they need than ever before.

I’m thrilled with this development, and just as contemporary scriptwriters can now take advantage of the fact that the viewing audience is so knowledgeable about video and film “language” and construct stories that shorten or bypass what used to be the standard Act One, now those of us devoted to helping the next generation of writers learn the craft/art/business thereof can jump into more advanced and, I think, interesting storytelling techniques.

I’m not abandoning complete newbies. The new Online TV and Film Writing Workshop is structured so that those who need that info will get it, not only from me but also from their more advanced classmates. And the more advanced writers will also benefit by getting the reactions and opinions of classmates who can remind them that not every viewer – or showbiz executive for that matter – loves, or even understands, the latest in experimental entertainment.

Bottom line, after a fascinating hiatus from teaching for most of this year, in which I re-entered the trenches of production and became far more aware of what’s happening in both the creative and business ends of The Industry here and now, I’m once again ready to pass it all on.

To “play it forward” in, I’m hoping, a more successful way than it was in a certain underachieving film by the same name.

The next TVWriter™ Online TV and Film Writing Workshop starts a 4-week session January 11, 2017. It’s limited to 5 students, so I suggest you shift into gear and check out the details ASAP HERE.

And, while you’re at it, why not take a look at our other offerings, including Larry Brody’s Master Class, which will also be ready to rock in January? Those details are HERE.

That’s it for now, kids.

LYMI

LB

 

 

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – Dec. 5, 2016

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

Peggy Bechko’s World: Does Your Novel’s 1st Chapter Explode Out of the Gate?

Peggy Bechko’s First Appearance on TVWriter™

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Herbie J Pilato: RUDOLPH Does It Again!

Herbie J Pilato: My Top Ten Animated Christmas Specials of All Time

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

Spider-Man Unlimited

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

The Teleplay

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!