Wednesday, June 30, 2010

News Alert! Jane Espenson Has a Twitter Account.

I have no idea how long this has been going on or why no one told me, but you can follow the talented TV writer at @JaneEspenson.

Apparently, she's been sharing writing advice and conversing with her thousands of fans for several months now.

We should start a Twitter campaign to get her writing a Glee episode. Who's in?

Want more Jane? Check out her blog for more writing advice or read my Pink Raygun interview with her in late 2007.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Interview with TV Writer Carla Robinson

Another in my series of "Breaking In" interviews. This one is from Carla Robinson, who wrote for the first two seasons of Battlestar Galactica.

As usual, a highlight from the interview:

What advice would you give to female writers trying to break in today?
I would give the female writers the same advice I give the male writers. Always wear a protective cup. And keep your work current and polished. I can tell you from personal experience that I only got a job because I kept writing even when no one was reading me. I have writing samples for procedural and character-oriented shows, and plenty of original material in my arsenal. I realize I sound like a deranged automaton, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to write a variety of scripts. It will help you in so many ways as you traverse this tricky world.

Read the full article.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Interview with TV Writers Kelley and Courtney Turk

Kelley and Courtney Turk are identical twins who are also writing partners. I interviewed them about breaking into the business and their sci-fi pilot The Identicals for Pink Raygun.

A highlight from the Q&A:

Kelley Turk: "Our first agent left the business without telling us. He was in the middle of switching agencies, and one day we called to follow up on a meeting we just had and couldn’t get him on the phone. Eventually someone told us he had left the entertainment business."

Check out the full interview here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This is why I love The Futon Critic

I just realized it today, but they've started their pilot First Looks for the upcoming season. What does that mean? Reviews of the actual filmed pilots we'll all be watching or ignoring this fall. Today's is the new Shawn Ryan show Ride-along. Links to previous days' reviews are on the right side of the page.