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.”)

Diana Vacc sees “Thor: Ragnarok”

by Diana Vaccarelli


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.


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


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


Our favorite artist/philosopher, Grant Snider, returns us to the thrilling days of yesteryear when writers were in deep trouble when we lost, not our iPads but our pens:




More of Grant Snider’s sensitive perception at Incidental Comics, HERE

Buy Grant’s wonderful new book HERE

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