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!

Bri Castellini:

by Bri Castellini

Happy November, everybody!

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for YOU! Have a lovely holiday!

The big news in Bri’s Own World this month is that my award-winning short film Ace and Anxious is officially streaming with REVRY!

REVRY is subscription streaming service created by and for the LGBTQ and allied communities which distributes short, medium, and long form LGBTQ content. You can find REVRY on its desktop site, it’s app, and on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and more.

Ace and Anxious and the entire Undead Burrito team couldn’t be prouder to be distributed alongside other incredible, diverse content.

The absolute, accurate, and thoroughly delightful REVRY desktop site is HERE

The version of Ace and Anxious that is taking REVRY by storm (mostly because it’s at REVRY) is HERE

Last year, I wrote just a teeny bit about Ace and Anxious on my blog HERE 

My pals at TVWriter™ wrote about Ace and Anxious earlier this year HERE

And, as you’ve probably figured out, you can see the whole darn film HERE (although I’d rather you watched it on REVRY because we just made this cool deal.

Happiness and thanks to all of you from all of…me!

Bri Castellini is an indie filmmaker and Community Liaison at Stareable, our favorite web series hub. This article was originally published on Bri’s most excellent blog, the eponymous Bri’sOwnWorld. Watch Bri’s award-winning web series, Brains, HERE


YouTube Exterminates ‘Toy Freaks’

Remember last week when we carried an article about “kid videos’ on YouTube that were totally unsuitable for kids? Looks like YouTube got the message. Looks like we don’t just have to sit back and take it anymore: (Knock on wood!)

YouTube terminates exploitive ‘kids’ channel ToyFreaks, says it’s tightening its child endangerment policies
by Sarah Perez

Following consumer outrage over YouTube’s handling of disturbing videos aimed at children on its network, the company has now banned one of the more controversial kid channels it hosted, Toy Freaks. The channel, the 68th largest on YouTube with over 8.5 million subscribers, was often criticized for its vile and seemingly exploitive videos featuring a dad and his daughters, which many said bordered on abuse.

YouTube tells TechCrunch the ban is part of a new tightening around the enforcement of its child endangerment policies. It says it will now remove videos to protect “viewers, uploaders and children” when the company receives signals that cause concern.

The removal is part of a broader review of similar content on YouTube, the company also said.

If you’re not familiar with ToyFreaks, consider yourself lucky.

Past videos on the channel included the dad filming the girls in obvious distress, screaming or crying, for example. In one video, the dad follows his daughter into the bathroom, as she cries with a mouthful of blood from a tooth falling out. In another, he sneaks into the bathroom and dumps a bucket of frogs in the tub while the girls are bathing in order to scare them. More videos show the school-aged kids dressed as babies with pacifiers in their mouths, or spitting up on one other….

Read it all at Techcrunch.Com


Despite the exaggerated clickbait headline, this is in fact an interesting and helpful article. Remember, we told you first: YouTube is the future. (For better or for worse.) Check out this list of thoroughly professional type video series that you just might like:

Yeah, this really is a kind of free plug, isn’t it? Sorry!

by Sean Fitz-Gerald

NetflixAmazon, and Hulu might be dominating the streaming wars, but never discount the original streaming site: YouTube. The video-sharing platform recently tossed its hat in the original content ring to vie for your attention and money with its own subscription-based service, YouTube Red.

Not ready to pony up yet? No worries. Over the years, tons of budding creators have used YouTube as a hub to post their passion projects — see: The ActressLemmingsClark and MichaelThe ‘BuThe Outs, and Green Porno. For more solid, free watches, read on for nine of our other faves.

The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl

The seeds for HBO’s hit comedy Insecure were planted with this snappy web series more than half a decade ago. HBO’s product is, of course, flashier and more fleshed out now, but if you dig into Mis-Adventures you’ll see how creator Issa Rae got her start, developed her voice, and laid the blueprint for one of TV’s more innovative shows. Both offer a semi-autobiographical look at Issa Rae’s titular awkwardness; both are insightful, funny, and worth your time.

Read and see the rest of the recommendations at Thrillist.Com (Careful, though. It has one of those obnoxious “Sign up for our email list popovers.”)

Writers Wanted: Looking For Movie And TV Reviewers (NY)

You too can be a TV or film reviewer. Maybe.

This writing gig opportunity brought to you via the wonderful gift of the gods that is Craigslist:

Get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (maybe) here: https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/d/looking-for-movie-and-tv/6388335040.html

And if you do respond to this add, please drop TVWriter™ a line (via those little things called Comments) and let us know how it turned out.

Protecting our Butts Dept: TVWriter™ is not recommending this gig or those offering it or even Craigslist. We’re just reporting the news that this is out there.

New YouTube Series Gives Us Untold Tales of Star Wars

Whoa, an authorized Star Wars Forces of Destiny is a YouTube web series…ands it’s canon!

Mother of mercy, is this the end of TV?

Yeah, the question was rhetorical, but the practical, all too real answer most probably is, “You betcha.”

Spend some time – not all that much because the episodes are roughly two and a half minutes each, binging on all 8 episodes HERE

Give thanks to Our Overlords at Disney in the comments. This TVWriter™ minion things the series is barely competent, artwise, and completely childish when it comes to the writing, but WTH? I think all the same of all the SW films and TV shows. Well, except for Star Wars Rebels. It’s awesome.

More about SWR is HERE

The Ongoing Search for Great Women’s Roles in TV

When this TVWriter™ minion took Larry Brody’s Online Workshop some months ago, he was always yakking about how we should “write roles that actors will want to play.”

The writer’s main job, LB stressed, was to “write to service the actors. Good roles are what good actors live for. Not only are great characters good for the script and the show and the stars, they’re also good for the writers because when you get down to it, being loved by actors is like having an all access pass for your burgeoning career.”

So, with that in mind, here’s a little ditty about just how much good new writers are needed. (Armed with this info, we’re sure it’s just a matter of time till you push your way to the front of the line.)

Brit Marling, creator, co-showrunner and star of THE OA has taken her career into her own hands.

by Randee Dawn

Katy Colloton, one of the six executive producer/writer/stars of TV Land’s “Teachers,” has an ongoing problem: She’s so good at separating her writing duties from her acting duties that more than one script she’s penned has left her dismayed on filming day.

“A lot of times I’ll get to set to do a scene and go, ‘Wait, I have to do this on camera?’” she says. “I forget I’m the one who’s going to have to have something squirted in her face, and I’m like, ‘I know I wrote that — but do I really have to do it?’”

First-World problems for a writer-star of any TV series, to be sure. But Colloton (along with her fellow “Teachers” multi-hyphenates Caitlin Barlow, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renée Thomas) is part of an intriguing “auteur” trend in television — a trend that is being led mostly by women (not necessarily all named some form of Kate).

Bored and turned off by the lesser two-dimensional (often) male-written roles available, a large number of women (more often in comedic roles than not) are writing their own tickets by creating their own series — consider Amazon’s “Fleabag,” the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Netflix’s “The OA” and HBO’s recently ended “Girls” and Hulu’s soon-to-end “The Mindy Project.” And what they’re putting out there is turning heads and causing executives to rethink what it means to put women in charge of their own TV destinies.

“When you’re beginning as a young woman [in Hollywood], the parts available to you require some kind of moral or political compromise,” says Brit Marling, creator and executive producer (with Zal Batmanglij) and star of Netflix’s “The OA,” one of the few female penned-and-starring dramas. “You have to be willing to wade through the muck to get to meaningful stories….”

Read it all at Los Angeles Times