Category Archive: Opinion

Advice from a show runner

Chris Lloyd (Modern Family): Write from the heart. You can always make a real story funny; you can’t always make a funny story real.


#modernfamily #showrunner

Spider-Man 2, good or bad?

If you don’t think marketing is important…conjure this.

One of  our identical twin boys saw Spider-Man 2 first. He didn’t like it. The trailers made it seem like it would be wall-to-wall action. It wasn’t. He felt let down. All he could talk about was how little action there was.

Of course our other twin, Reece, heard all this. He went to see the movie yesterday with lowered expectations. He heard how little action there was and expected little action.

He really liked the movie. He thought there was more action than he expected.

Expectations do make a difference on whether or not you like a movie.

Remember Jim Carrey’s Cable Man? That dark comedy? It was advertised as a light-hearted Jim Carrey romp. It wasn’t. I hated it when it was in the theaters. Years later I saw it on DVD, with new expectations that it was actually a dark comedy. I really liked it. Same person. Same movie. Different expectations and different results.


#spiderman #spider-man

Best Tweet for Game of Thrones

The internet went nuts last night, but one tweet stood out above all others. And it was from George R. R. Martin, the creator.

It said, “You’re Welcome.”

If you saw it, you understand. If you didn’t see it, what the hell are you waiting on?


#got, #gameofthrones, #joffrey #purplewedding #HBO

What Networks Want

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Oxygen’s Core audience is 18 to 34 Millennial women, who are more interested in experiences rather than tangible things. They like personal stories whether they are about well known people or the family next door.  Their audience is bold, irreverent and proudly imperfect. Oxygen’s demographic is mostly coastal and in the Southeast.  In regards to programming and concepts that interest Oxygen, they look for faulted characters who have a fire for optimism.   Good news is that talent for the shows does not have to be just women, men are welcome.




#Jeanne Simon, # Mark Simon, # SellYourTVConceptNow, #Oxygen, #Whatnetworkswant, #pitchtv, #pitchreality, #pitchoxygen,#liveoutloud,#selltv, #sellyourtvconcept,

Annie Awards

Animation fans rejoice. The Oscars of Animation, The Annies, have been handed out.

Frozen took just about every award. Cancelled but not forgotten Futurama ended with yet another award.

Check out all the nominees and winners at

So yes, I’m a geek about animation. But what’s not to love about it. When you’ve outgrown cartoons, you lose your zest for life.

#pitchtv, #annieawards, #frozen

Wish Wayne Luck!

As many of you know, our head writer, Wayne Carter, is an amazing screenwriter. He writes both film and TV. He’s worked with James Cameron, Dick Donner, Ed McMahon, the president of National Lampoon, Bruce Villanch (punch up guys for ALL the stars) and many others.

Wayne’s original feature script, Pitch Dark, is in the quarter finals of the Screencraft Action Thriller Script Contest.

Let’s see him bring home another great award!

Fox is quitting pilot season

We’re not surprised. The short period of time the broadcast networks produce and pick pilots to go to series is nuts. Cable doesn’t work that way and cable now rules the airways.

Kevin Reilly, chief of Fox, agrees. That’s why they will create and produce as needed, not in a compressed schedule which can hurt the creativity of a show.

We’re asked all the time about development, pitching and pilot seasons. For the most part there isn’t a ‘season’ anymore and now there is less of one.

This is FANTASTIC for all you independent producers. There is no ‘right time’ to pitch, just have a great show and a great pitch.

Better Call Saul

That’s right BB fans. Saul Goodman is getting his own spinoff series.

Many reasons for good news. More BB quality stories. More Saul. Probably more of our other favorite baddie characters from the series as well.

Since it’s a prequel, everyone who died in BB will still be able to be on the screen. LOVE IT.

Prepare for more humor, though. Odenkirk is a funny guy. He’s known for comedy.

More details at

Under the Dome – Underwhelming!

Ugh. What a horribly written show. It’s like that disturbing car accident that you can’t help but watch.

We can’t believe it’s the top rated summer show. Except that the concept is cool and it’s based on a Stephen King novel.

Every bad writing device is on display:

* Every character says “What the hell!”

* The characters tell you what the others are like, instead of showing you

* The characters assume they know what the dome is ‘telling’ them. ugh.

* The abused girlfriend keeps ending up alone with Junior. Dumbass.

* The war hero is captured too easily…until he can get out of anything.

* The sleazy politician is believed even after he’s found out to be a crook.

* The widow’s response to finding out her new man murdered her husband 7 days ago? “No more lying if there’s going to be a future for us.”

To quote Saturday Night Live, “Really? Really?”

It pains me to watch it, but I can’t look away. I loved the book…the series, not so much. Two more episodes to find out what the cliff hanger is. I’m assuming it’s going to be if any network exec realizes how bad the writing is and if they hire a new showrunner. But then again, the ratings are high. So who knows?

Your thoughts on the series?


True Blood’s True Death?

HBO just announced that next season will be the last for True Blood. It will truly be the undead for season 7.

Jeanne never got into it, but Mark is a big fan. It will be missed. But until then, let the blood flow!

Will you miss it?