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An Easy Win

The thing about contest season is that a few months after it ends, you get rejection season. Almost all of the contests will send an actual rejection email these days, and having them all come at the same time can … Continue reading

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How Am I Going to Be an Optimist About This?

The AVClub: “White Collar Has Been Canceled” The Hollywood Reporter: “USA Renews White Collar” Here’s the thing: These are the exact same story. That story being that White Collar had a final, shortened season ordered. And if you break it … Continue reading

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What Should I Spec?

Not me. You. What should you spec? I know what I’m writing. But this is the first question writers ask, and sometimes the hardest to answer. First: Why write a spec? The traditional reason is that it shows a showrunner … Continue reading

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Visualizing Death

Helix premiered last week, and in all the reviews there was always one moment that kept popping up – the monkeys. (No more details to avoid spoilers.) There was no dialogue, no movement, but the visual was arresting. Moments like … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration

Most of the world has winter, spring, summer and fall. We have Pilot Season, Vacation, Fire Season and Awards Season. I almost titled this post, “What Is This Winter You Speak Of?” but considering the cold snap covering most of … Continue reading

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Physics Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Back when I was temping, I spent a couple of months working in Cable Development. It was a great job with great people, and I had a lot of fun there. (Then the person who actually had the job came … Continue reading

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Flip the Script

I was working on my outline yesterday and realized very quickly I had a problem: I’m working on a Good Wife spec, but the case I had chosen was too cut-and-dried. Whatever details I made up, the verdict was obvious. … Continue reading

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