I’ll be posting a four-part series about writing over the next week or so. Until then, here are a few things from the Interwebz that caught my interest.
Television writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the New Golden Age of TV and what elements contributed to it. He and Jose Molina host a podcast as well, which is full of great information about writing for television. I’m sure I’ve mentioned their program before, but it’s worth reiterating. Check out “Children of Tendu” or suffer the consequences.
I also came across this post about Murder, She Wrote. It skewers formula-driven scriptwriting in a hilarious fashion. Even though I’ve never seen an episode of Murder, She Wrote, I feel like I’ve seen them all. Just replace Jessica Fletcher with Magnum, P.I., MacGyver, Simon & Simon or any number of other procedurals from that era. Sadly, these lazy formulas exist to this day, in spite of television’s New Golden Age. I’d love to see someone lampoon NCIS, Law & Order or CSI like this.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this genius comic strip about my favorite superhero. It perfectly summarizes why Bruce Wayne is both totally awesome and batshit insane (see what I did there?).