Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another month, another new TV schedule

The Futon Critic has the Winter 2009 TV schedule up. If you haven't checked it out, do so. Or don't and just say you did.

While much of the Fall 2008 schedule left me cold/bored/disappointed/annoyed, I'm actually quite excited about the next few months.

And because it's the question you've all been asking, here's what I'll be watching every. Single. Night. Yeah!


8PM is slightly less jam-packed this Winter, with just the awesome Chuck and the not quite as awesome Gossip Girl. OMFG, you guys!

9PM has The Closer, which I'm never really excited to watch but is always good. Heroes needs to win my viewership back. To even get a link.

10PM seems pretty barren except for *maybe* TNT's Trust Me, which could be interesting.


8PM ... 90210. I know, I know. It's the masochist in me.

10PM is John Rodgers hour: Leverage, my friends, Leverage.


9PM brings the on the "Ls" with Lost and Life...though Life has lost a bit of its luster this season.

10PM makes me excited, because one of the most plot-twisty shows around is back: Damages. Also Life On Mars, which hasn't quite lost me yet.


8PM will find me ugly and also watching Betty.

9PM is a wealth of stuff with Grey's Anatomy, The Office, 30 Rock and maybe even a little bit of Supernatural if everything I've been hearing about it is true and we catch up with old episodes -- 3 1/2 seasons of them...

10PM offers the fun of Burn Notice and the possible awfulness (or coolness, you never know) of The Beast.

Fridays (aka Sci-days)

8PM Terminator: TSCC.

9PM Dollhouse.

10PM Battlestar.

And choirs of angels sing, because we have been blessed. Yes, it may completely fail, but at least it'll be a fun night for a few months...hopefully.... Nerd party at our place.


8PM is Merlin. Because I'm curious. And it's got Head. And Hurt.

9PM, if I'm desperate, brings Housewives.

10PM equals Kings. After hearing reviews from some friends at Comic Con, I'm super stoked about this show. Oh, man I hope it's good...and lasts.

And this doesn't even include HBO and Showtime.

Abortions for Some, Tiny American Flag Pins for Others

I'll leave it up to you to decide if that title actually makes since for this post, but apparently the time has come to celebrate or get depressed, because sources are saying the Disney ABC Fellowship people have already sent out emails to the lucky few finalists.

Congrats, happy tidings and all that.

Now excuse me while I figure out what the heck is even speccable for next year... True Blood? Dexter? The Mentalist (shudders)?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dead Dead?

I'm holding out hope that somehow, some way...somewhere Pushing Daisies will get more episodes, but that isn't looking very likely right now.


So, for your enjoyment -- and because this is probably the only way to get anyone to look at a script for a dead show -- here's a link to our sadly prophetically titled Daisies spec, Dead Dead.

Thursday, November 20, 2008



In a writing sense. Duh.

It happens from time to time, and then you have a choice: get busy living, or get busy dying.

By which I mean: deny and/or make excuses for the negative reactions you receive and get pissed/hurt that people can be ... not kind... Or take a deep breath, listen carefully to criticism to sift out the useful notes (I promise, though it may not seem like it, there are always useful notes) ... and try really, really, really, really, really hard to let it go and move on. Really hard.

Because it's what professional writers do. And if we can do that now, hopefully it will be easier when we're getting paid and inevitably receive notes like, "I just wish it was more special" and "Come on, you can do better."

Did I mention really hard?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pushing Daisies - Now's the time to DVR it

Been awhile, right?

I have no good specific excuses other than the fact that Jul and I have fallen down the movie hole and are about halfway through the first draft of an animated feature (because, you know, that's a good idea; lots of people read those...)

More than that, I just haven't had much that inspired me to post. Sad clown.

What's drawn me back? Pushing Daisies.

We all know it's in its death throes right now...unless viewership really picks up.

In the old days, there wouldn't be much we could do about that unless we were Nielsen families, but today we're living in the future. We've got the internets and flying cars and TiVo.

Ah, TiVo. Live plus 7 ratings. Glorious.

I haven't researched this. I might very well be wrong. But I'm pretty sure that anyone who DVRs a show and watches it within the first 7 days is counted for the show's ratings. That means you, readers. And your friends and mothers and brothers and sisters and coworkers. We can actually affect ratings and possibly prevent this unique, clever, sweet and often hilarious show from getting canceled.

And if we do, who knows, maybe as a favor to us, Bryan Fuller will still offer to help out on Heroes too.

As long as it doesn't negatively affect his work on Daisies.