Web Series: ‘Sam and Pat are Depressed’

Frequent (but not frequent enough) TVWriter™ guest columnist Bri Castellini has a new web series on Seeka.TV, and, spoilsports that we are (to Seeka.TV and its ilk anyway), we’re here to give you a glimpse into its darkness, despair…and humor.

SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED
TRAILER

Episode 1 is also out and about…but you’ll have to go here, to Seeka.TV, to see it. Which reminds us:

WARNING! Seeka will make you join in order to watch. It’s free, and the show’s worth more than that, but still, it kinda bugs us, you know?

The Facebook page for Undead Burrito Productions, Ms. Castellini’s production company, is HERE in case you want to post your praise, or your disapproval, or whatever as long as it isn’t bullying. That’s saved for President Donny (although not by Bri, who ain’t the type to tolerate no nonsense from anybody, you here?)

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – December 11, 2017

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

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Herbie J Pilato: Thank you, “The Flash!” It looks like the dark and dingy days of TV may be over!

‘Longmire’ Proves Hard to Kill

Angelo Bell: For the Love of English

Peggy Bechko: Storytelling for Fun, Profit & More

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

Writing the Dreaded Outline

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Logline

THE BASICS OF TV WRITING: Overview

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 the Week – December 4, 2017

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

‘Longmire’ Proves Hard to Kill

Kelly Jo Brick: Highlights from the Austin Film Festival & Screenwriting Conference

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Angelo Bell: For the Love of English

Herbie J Pilato: Thank you, “The Flash!” It looks like the dark and dingy days of TV may be over!

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

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Outline/Story

The Leavebehind

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!

First Amendment Under Attack

A Message for the Writing & Hollywood Communities & Americans Everywhere from the WGAW

Yours in solidarity, indeed.

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – November 27, 2017

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

‘Longmire’ Proves Hard to Kill

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Herbie J Pilato: Rose Marie’s “Laugh” Worth Its “Wait” in Gold

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: Where Did THE FALL GUY Live?

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

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Teleplay

The Outline/Story

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!

Happy Thanksgiving from TVWriter™!

Grant Snider makes another appearance this week at TVWriter™ to express our feelings about the holiday weekend far better than we ever could ourselves:

Welcome to TV Thanksgiving

And, with that bit of genuine emotion out of the way it’s time for a quick look into Thanksgiving as portrayed on TV!

Thanksgiving on TV NOW:

Thanksgiving on TV THEN:

Yeppers, kids, the times they are always a’changin’ cuz time just keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.

And, honestly, aren’t you glad?

We’re taking off today and tomorrow. Oh, and the weekend too, of course. Seeya Monday!

Diana Vacc sees “Thor: Ragnarok”

by Diana Vaccarelli

—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—

November 3, 2017, Marvel Entertainment released the third installment of the Thor series, Thor: Ragnarok.  This film in the Thor saga follows our hero as he attempts to prevent the all-powerful Goddess of Death, Hela, (Cate Blanchett), from destroying his kingdom of Asgard.

THE GOOD:

  • Director Taika Waititi brings us a superhero story with intense action and humor that will keep you on your toes and laughing all the way through.  One scene that speaks to this is when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is in a gladiator fight against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). You may think you’ve seen everything these two characters can dish out, but this still will be a delightfully entertaining surprise.
  • Chris Hemsworth is the epitome of Thor.  Not only the look but the delivery of the dialogue.  Hemsworth was born to play this character.  Same could be said about Tom Hiddleston as the adopted brother of Thor, Loki, the God of Mischief.  These two are utter perfection in their roles.
  • The chemistry between Hemsworth and Hiddleston is magical. I thoroughly enjoyed the sparks created by both of them in the scene when Thor returned home to Asgard and sees Loki impersonating their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
  • Quit the surprise was Cate Blanchett as Hela.  I’ve always seen Ms. Blanchett as prim and proper and definitely not a villain.  Glad I was proven wrong.  When she first arrives on screen (major spoiler alert) and breaks Thor’s indestructible hammer it’s shocking, to say the least.
  • The unexpected placement of the humor throughout the film by writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost was rolling on the floor laughing material. The most humorous scene was Thor sitting handcuffed to a chair and talking back to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), reminding his captor that “I am the God of Thunder, not Lord of Thunder.”

THE BAD:

  • This film was jaw-dropping entertainment. Nothing here disappointed me.  Leaving the theater I felt that at last I had learned the definition of the phrase: “Pure enjoyment.”

THE REST:

If you want a totally enjoyable escape from your daily life – and these days who doesn’t? – Thor: Ragnarok is for you.


Diana Vaccarelli is TVWriter™’s Critic-at-Large and a student in the TVWriter™ Online Workshop. Find out more about her HERE