L.A. Area Classic TV Fans – Herbie J Pilato is Signing Books in Valencia Saturday

by munchman

Speaking of classic TV – What? We weren’t? Well we should’ve been because TVWriter™’s very own Herbie J Pilato, the dood of doods of whom yer friendly neighborhood munchausen now speaketh, is the absolute King of Classic TV – way, way, way back in the day, a star you’ve probably never heard of by the name of Bob Cummings, starred in a popular and, for that era, long running sitcom called Love That Bob.

Why is the munching man bringing this up at this place and time? For two resounding reasons:

1) To impress Herbie J with my very own super knowledge of his specialty, most of which was obtained from, oh yeah, him.

2) Because the opening of Love That Bob always had Mr. Cummings, who played a horny photographer, looking directly at the viewer and snapping a picture as he said: “Hold it! I think you’re gonna like this picture!” And we think that Herbie J’s fans and friends are going to absolutely love this pic…and the event it describes even more:

Seeya this Saturday at Barnes & Noble!

Herbie J Pilato Remembers Martin Landau

Martin Landau & his missus, Barbara Bain, with some other guys you may recall

by Herbie J Pilato

The consummate actor and the consummate professional, terms seemingly created for actor Martin Landau, who passed away on July 15, 2017 at age 89 after a brief hospitalization at the UCLA Medical Center.

With a refined manner and eloquent style and speech, the multi-award-winning and nominated Landau brought significant realism to each of his roles for television, film and the stage.  Landau ignited his acting career in the 1950s, after he worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News.

The theatrically-trained actor was best known to TV viewers for three years as the lead master-of-disguise spy Rollin Hand on the original Mission:Impossible weekly espionage show (CBS, 1966-1973), in which he teamed with his then wife Barbara Bain (wed from 1957 to 1993).

Accepted into the prestigious Lee Strasberg Actors Studio from among two thousand applicants (with classmates such as Steve McQueen and James Dean), Landau premiered on Broadway in Middle of the Night in 1957, and was later Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s first choice before Leonard Nimoy to play Mr. Spock on that classic series (NBC, 1966-1969).

In the ultimate irony, Nimoy later replaced Landau on Mission, when he and Bain exited that series in the spring of 1969.

He and Bain later re-partnered for the syndicated, UK-produced sci-fi seriesSpace:1999 (1975-1977) on which he portrayed Commander John Koenig.  “I’m very proud of Space:1999,” he once said.  “It’s success paved the way for other shows to follow.”

Emmy-nominated three times for each of the consecutive years he appeared on Mission, Landau won the Golden Globe in 1968 for the same leading dramatic role, and in 1994 collected the Academy Award for his Best-Supporting Actor performance as Bela Logasi in the feature film, Ed Wood.

Before, during and after his most famous performances, Landau (born June 28, 1928 in Brooklyn) made hundreds of small-screen, motion picture and live-theatre performances.  His TV guest-spots are the stuff of legends, everything from the ground-breaking initial Goldbergs series (of 1953), to The Untouchables, Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, I Spy, Checkmate, and countless more.

Besides Ed Wood, Landau’s cinematic prowess remains evident in movies like Tucker(1988), Crimes and Misdemeanors in 1989, both for which he was Oscar-nominated, as well as The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and Alfred Hitchock’s North by Northwest (1959), in which he made his feature film debut, among others.

Landau in more recent years appeared in drama TV shows such as Without A Trace(CBS, 2004 and 2005), and the comedy Entourage (HBO, 2007), earning an Emmy nomination for each of these.

According to his good friend, television writer and historian Frankie Montiforte, Landau “abhorred ignorance.  He believed it was your job to know absolutely everything you were talking about and in great detail, whether it was about acting, journalism, or politics.  And if you didn’t know it, he schooled you on it.  He was always the teacher.”

Of his work as an actor, Landau himself once said, “Everyone can walk and talk.  But your job is to make magic.”  Another time, he said, “Everything that has happened to me is of value.”

It’s that kind of integrity and nobility that will forever remain Martin Landau’s legacy.


Herbie J Pilato is the Founder and Executive Director of The Classic TV Preservation Society, and the author of several classic TV companion books.  He is practically a founding father of TVWriter™ and is a Contributing Editor Emeritus. This article first appeared at Emmys.Com. Learn more about Herbie J Pilato HERE.

Attn LA Writers: Opportunity is a’Knockin’ at ‘theOffice’

Announcing the 2017 Fellowship to theOffice
by TVWriter™ Press Service

Know how we’re always saying that if you want to be in the Biz you should live in L.A.? Well, here’s an example of what we’re talking about.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to leave the distractions of life behind and kick your productivity into overdrive, enter now to win a FREE 6-Month Premium Membership to theOffice. (Yep, that’s the name. We’d put a (sic) after it, but that just makes us feel pompous.)

theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace on 26th Street in Santa Monica. It’s one of the country’s premiere co-working spaces, fostering creativity and productivity in a zen, distraction-free environment for over 13 years.

The membership roster consists of A-list screenwriters, authors, journalists and other creatives. Current and charter members include JJ Abrams, Paul Feig, Chris Weitz, Matthew Carnahan, Clark Gregg, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Jen Celotta and many more.

Dozens of screenplays and novels have been written there. No conference rooms. No phone calls. No conversation. It’s where serious writers go to get it done.

Wade Gasque, manager at theOffice, says:

As a writer myself, I’ve done the coffee shop shuffle. I know how hard it is to find somewhere dependable to work, somewhere without the distractions of home, somewhere quiet and inspiring where I can quickly get into the zone and get words on the page. That’s precisely what we offer here at theOffice. But because many up-and-coming writers might not have the dedicated funds for a monthly writing space like theOffice, we started offering a free fellowship a few years back. The fellowship is essentially a 6-month Premium Membership to theOffice. You get your own door code to access the space at all hours so you can get as much done as you can for the next six months. We’re looking for up-and-coming writers of talent who are dedicated to their craft.

This fellowship is completely free to enter, but the deadline is drawing near. Apply by August 8th or you’re out of luck. All of the details are at www.theOfficeFellowship.com including info on this year’s judges – Mark Cullen, Nicole LaPorte and David Scarpa.

Send submissions and inquiries to: theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com

Website: www.theOfficeOnline.com
Twitter: @theOffice_LA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theOfficeinLA/

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – July 24, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Update

Web Series: ‘Or Die Trying’

TV WRITING: Your First Years In The Writers Room

Web Series: ‘Stupid Idiots’

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

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Enter

The Logline

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!

Why is English Spelling So Weird?

Another entertaining and informative video about the English language by Arika Okrent. This one, about the vagaries of English spelling, is especially important to TVWriter™’s key demo (always wanted to use that phrase). You know: Writers!

More about Akira, YouTube’s Patron Saint of Writers

TVWriter™’s Herbie J Pilato Makes News

So tell us, Herbster, which is more fun? Conducting the interview? Or being the interviewee?

“The Founder of Classic TV Preservation Society Herbie J Pilato joins Tim and Mary on CCN Sunrise to discuss the power of classic TV and self esteem seminars.”

That’s our boy!

This Year’s Emmy Writing Nominees

We would brag about having some good friends of TVWriter™  in this list, but the truth is that these fine writers have been good friends to everybody, just for giving us their wonderful work:

Best Writing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Stephen Glover, “Atlanta”

Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe, “Master of None”

Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley”

Billy Kimball, “Veep”

David Mandel, “Veep”

Best Writing for a Drama Series

Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields, “The Americans”

Gordon Smith, “Better Call Saul”

Peter Morgan, “The Crown”

Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things”

Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan, “Westworld”

Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

David E. Kelley, “Big Little Lies”

Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror: San Junipero”

Noah Hawley, “Fargo”

Ryan Murphy, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Jaffe Cohen, Michael, Michael Zam & Ryan Murphy, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Richard Price & Steven Zaillian, “The Night Of”

Best Writing for a Variety Series

”Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

“Late Night With Seth Meyers”

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

“Saturday Night Live”

Best Writing for a Variety Special

”Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”

“Louis C.K. 2017”

“Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust”

“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This S—?”

“70th Annual Tony Awards”

Best Writing for a Nonfiction Program

“Amanda Knox”

“Anthony Bourdain Part s Unknown”

“The Beatles : Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years”

“Bill Nye Saves The World”

“13th”

A good place to find all the 2017 nominees is RIGHT HERE

TVWriter™ congrats everyone who created anything anywhere in the past year. Or even further back because we know you worked really !@#$ing hard!