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What can we say? This new web series is just so darn cute that we can’t help but wish it the best.

And the theme song – whoa, it’s perfect ’60s TV. Or contemporary Disney Channel. They’re the same thing after all.

TVWriter™ minion prediction: This show and its creators, Edward Kiniry-Ostro and Sal Neslusan, are gonna end up in the Big Time. Soon.

Get in on the ground floor HERE.

Trying to Make Sense of ‘The Flying Nun’

Nope, sorry, impossible. Nobody can make sense out of THE FLYING NUN. Not even its loyal viewers back in the day. (None of the Team TVWriter™ minions was even born then, so we’re not responsible for this show’s unbelievable popularity. Nopers. Not even a little:

Sorry, old-timers, but TV Past ain't always better than TV today

Sorry, old-timers, but TV Past ain’t always better than TV today

by Pilot Viruet

From 1967 to 1970, ABC aired a strange little sitcom called The Flying Nun. The very existence of this show, which I discovered in passing just a few years ago, doesn’t make much sense at first. The title reads like a throwaway joke from an episode of 30 Rock, which routinely took clever potshots at NBC (and television in general) by expertly creating fake, empty programs that revolved around a hilariously straightforward title. The Flying Nun would surely fit right in with the fictional shows Tank It or, more appropriately, God CopThe Flying Nun isn’t a punchline, though. It was a very real show, and even a somewhat successful one, that spent three seasons detailing the adventures of, well, a flying nun.

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To be clear, she can’t actually fly. The premise, which is based on the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Tere Ríos, is as simplistic as it is silly: Sister Bertrille (Sally Field) is able to “fly” when the wind is right, thanks to a combination of her low weight (under 90 lbs) and her cornette. There are no explicit supernatural or divine elements at work, just Bertrille’s small frame and high wind speeds. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Bertrille decides to become a nun and moves from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she lives with fellow nuns in a convent.

Throughout the series, Bertille converts people, solves mysteries, catches robbers, and helps orphans. Throughout the series, Bertille regularly flies around. Sometimes it’s necessary, like when she flies out to sea to help guide a lost fisherman to fish, but other times, she flies even when a simple ladder would suffice, like when she just needs to retrieve a kitten from a roof.

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/30/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Matt Venne (BAG OF BONES) is writing the pilot for a TV version of the 1997 film THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE for NBC. (And you betcha I’ll munch on this. I couldn’t find anything to complain about when I saw the Keanu Reeves-Al Pacino film except the casting, and neither one of those guys is going to be in the series, right? Right? God, I hope so.)
  • Paul Webb (SELMA) is adapting No Ordinary Time, Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s Pulitzer Prize winning book about Franklin D. Roosevelt (he was a U.S. president back when presidents had, you know, status) into a mini-series for Fox TV. (And, nopers, I probably won’t watch this cuz…10 #$@! hours? And no hobbits or dragons in sight? Sorry, history buffs, but this ain’t for me.)
  • Peter Knight (BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS) is writing the comedy pilot THE SOUND OF THE SUMNERS for Fox. (The plan is for this to be a “musical family comedy,” which means that it’ll never make it to anybody’s schedule and even if it does – don’t set your DVR for more than 6 episodes. Would the munchman steer you wrong?)
  • Ashley Pharoah & Matthew Graham (LIFE ON MARS) are writing a new BBC America series called THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, about the conflict between ways of life in late 1880s England. (I’m thrilled about this because not only did Ashley and Matt create the sensational UK version of LIFE ON MARS – not the crap U.S. go-round – they’re the only writers in today’s report whose credits include something I’ve heard of or, for that matter, that sounds even vaguely real. BAG OF BONES? BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS? WTF?)

Write in and tell me what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

TVWriter™ Top Posts for the Week Ending 8/29/14

Here they are, the most viewed TVWriter™ posts during the past week:

happysingerLooking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Peggy Bechko: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Writers & Readers

Peggy Bechko: So Finish It Already!

Working TV Writer? Submit Your Script for the 2014 Humanitas Award

What Happens When a Student Film Maker Turns Pro?

And our most viewed resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline


The Teleplay



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

Peggy Bechko: The Day Job and The Writer


by Peggy Bechko

I think we all know the image of the ‘starving writer’ is long gone. The large majority of writers and I mean published and even often published writers are pressed to supplement their writing passion with a day job.  Heads up writers, those are the facts of life. 

The question then becomes, what kind of day job? There are well known writers such as Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code) who taught school. That can be a great writers’ day job with long breaks in the summer and usually winter and spring as well. There are drawbacks too. Teachers are often overwhelmed with work during the regular school year with class planning, teaching, grading papers and possibly even drawing duty supervising playgrounds and parking lots. It could mean the writer finds time to write only during breaks in teaching. And if you want to teach lower grades and write, say erotic romance novels, that could be a bit tricky. You might need a pen name to say nothing of how you handle book related appearances.  Just a thought.

Some other writers choose jobs that call for them to write during the day such as technical writing, resume writing, public relations, catalog description writing. These all give the writer the opportunity to exercise his or her writing muscle. The down side to that job is it could be very hard to work on your great American novel at day’s end after having written all day.  Some aren’t the least bit deterred and pound out those thousands of additional words even after a day at such a job and the benefit of that kind of work is the potential for a great information flow that might be used in a novel.

There are journalist novelists such as Ernest Hemingway. He used his talent and experiences as a war correspondent to write about war in some of his novels. And the added benefit of working in journalism is you get a by-line when published. That’s not a bad thing when putting your creative writing out there. If you go the traditional route agents and publishers will know your name. If the digital world calls no doubt getting your identity out there will attract readers who follow your work in the journalistic field.

If you’re into screenwriting you might want to try to find a job associated with the movie industry. Maybe take some ‘extra’ jobs in films or become a ‘reader’ for scripts.

Other writers think a whole different direction is good for their writing and take jobs like William Faulkner who shoveled coal and took advantage of quiet times at the power plant where he worked to write while Stephen King started as a high school janitor (and you wondered where Carrie came from).  Could be that as a writer what you’re looking for is a day job that pays the bills but is not very demanding and there might be quiet times when you can slip in some writing.  Maybe a desk job that involves reception with times when the people flow is slow. If you think that less demanding job is for you just bear in mind the co-worker who want to go to lunch or wants to hang out at your desk and chat. Don’t know what to tell you about them, you’ll have to find your own solution.

Think about it. Work with it early on so you don’t just ‘fall’ into a job you hate to keep things moving. If you need some training, get it. Then dove-tail that job with your writing until you can break free into full-time writing you love.

Want a few suggestions for job hunts and ideas?  Try:

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Keep an open mind and find a good match.