Friday, May 20, 2011

Fall TV Faceoff!

Well, it's done. Network shows have been chosen for the fall and the cleanup crews have made all the upfront locations bright and shiny again. Overall, I have to say I'm pretty excited for the new fall season. Lots of shows I'm interested in, though I'm still mourning the loss of a few *cough*Poe*cough*Locke & Key*cough*.

But now there's a bigger problem -- how the hell am I going to watch all of them? I can't think of the last time so many shows I want to check out have been scheduled in competing timeslots, especially on Friday. It's great and all that Sci-Fridays have returned, but there are literally too many conflicting shows for my eyeballs and DVR to keep up with. But what can you do?

Below is the fall schedule grid for the networks. Which shows will you be watching? And what do you think will succeed or suffer a quick cancellation?

*Note: I couldn't fit the whole table side-by-side, so click on Sheet 2 for FOX and CW.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Must. Stop. Obsessing.

We're only about a week out from network upfronts, and you can just feel the nervous crazy coming off of TV writers. Which pilots will make it? Which won't? Why was that one picked over my favorite?! Will I have a job for the fall?! Will I lose out on being put up for procedural shows because my pilot is a soft, character-based family drama? Why didn't I write that fantasy pilot that would have been a perfect sample for one of the 9 fairytale pilots in contention for shows? What's happening? Tell me!

And even though you know that no one really knows anything until everyone knows everything, you find that Deadline has owned your soul for the last week or so when you realize that you've been refreshing the page every hour or so.

Take a deep breath and repeat this mantra: There's nothing you can do.

That's right, I said it -- there's nothing you can do. But instead of letting that debilitate you, allow it to free you. Write something new. Go to the dog park or the gym. Cry about the Lakers. Read more Song of Ice and Fire (it's really good!).

Most importantly, take a deep breath and go on with your life... because after next week, it's going to get even crazier.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

With all apologies to Chris Morgan...

...this is pretty damn funny:

Today Now! Interviews The 5-Year-Old Screenwriter Of "Fast Five"

Thanks to Adam for this (I totally stoled it!).

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fantasy Pilot League

I'm totally stealing this idea from someone (thanks, Clayton), but I just think it sounds like so much fun, and might be a way to soften the heartbreak you feel when your favorite pilot inevitably doesn't get picked up to series -- have a fantasy pilot draft with your friends!

Huh? If any of you play fantasy football, this will be a pretty familiar idea. Form a league with some friends and set a "draft day" to pick pilots you each think will move on from to becoming actual shows next year.

The best/easiest way to do this is to limit your selections to network shows -- ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW -- since cable channels tend to announce their new shows at different points throughout the year.

Try to pick enough people for your draft so that everyone can get an equal number of shows -- and set your draft day soon, because upfronts are just a few weeks away. Here's the calendar for May:

May 16 - NBC
May 16 - FOX
May 17 - ABC
May 18 - CBS
May 19 - The CW

The person who ends up getting the most pilots picked up to series is the winner! Or, if you're really ambitious, you can continue the contest into the actual season to see who ends the year with the most shows still on the air.

I wonder what kind of prize you should win for something like this...?