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🔴 Scribblings Jul-Dec 2016


🔴 Scribblings and Scuttlebutt Jul-Dec 2016

This is where I post my thoughts and reblog stuff from other sites I find interesting or topical, mostly topics from Twitter, Tumblr and blogs. This is probably the closest thing on this blog to a “blog.” Lightly edited. Reverse chronological. Comments are open.
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🔴 ‘Advice for Aspiring Writers’


🔴 Writers Room



‼️🌟The❣Blacklist❣Renewed❣for❣Season❣Four 🌟‼️️️️

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KEY: 🔴 Longer (Articles) ¤ ⭕ Shorter (Blog Posts, Subtopics) ¤ ❣Twitter One-Shots (Throughout)

🔴 ‘Advice for Aspiring Writers’ – by 3 Blacklist Writers 
🔴 Context: Complex TV Dramas
🔴 A Fanspeak Dictionary
🔴 Twitter: Is Red Liz’s Father?
Poll: Is Red Liz’s Father?
Is Red too old for Liz?
Poll: Liz should hook-up with – ?
🔴 Beyond the Tango Milonga
🔴 Whose Intentions Matter?
🔴 ‘Life is a Carnevàle, Old Chum’
🔴 Thoughts on Daniel Knauf Interview w Blacklist Exposed
🔴 Writers Room Timeline and The Inadvertant Video Tour
🔴 “Dramatus Interruptus”
🔴 Forget Bloodlines
Fear of Feedback
‘Heavy Borrowing’
🔴 Jon Bokenkamp Interview w Blacklist Exposed 
🔴 Unanswered Questions – End of S2 ✛ (needs update)
#TheBlacklist & The King James Bible
🔴 James Spader Tweets

Note: If your browser is Safari, you will likely have problems with the page jumps. Chrome works fine. The problem lies in the pop-open Tweets that are included in several posts. I use both Safari and Chrome on my iPad for this reason. Sorry.

🎅🎄🎁🌟🐱Very Merry!🐱🎄🌟🎁✨🎅
🎅✨🎁🌟🐶Very Merry!🐶🎄🌟🎁✨🎅
🎅✨🎁🌟🐱Very Merry!🐱🎄🌟🎁✨🎅
Watching an episode of The Blacklist. (Mix of writers & assistants L to R: Brandon Margolis. Brandon Sonnier, Jim Campalongo, Mike Ostrowski, Taylor M, Jesse G, David B, Nicole P, Dave Metzger) In the middle, I think that’s pepperoni and green pepper.


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🔴 A Fanspeak Dictionary


“Feel free to reproduce this in whole or part wherever and crediting me would be nice, but it’s just a dictionary and even if you don’t, so what. I didn’t make this stuff up, I’m just defining it.”

This mostly relates to fan fiction …

* A *
Actorfic – This is fan fiction where the fan fiction is not centered around characters but the actual actors who play that character. Thus a story wouldn’t be about Giles or Adam Newman but about Anthony Stuart Head and Kristian Schmid.

Adultfic – Fan fiction that depicts sexual or overly violent material. It would be rated PG-13 to NC-17 if it were a movie.

Alternate Universe [AU] – This is where an author will choose to stray from the canon of the show and create events which are on their own timeline. Usually this is when an author will deny a character’s death or act like an episode never happened or say “what if” episode A had happened differently, or they will act like the show stopped a certain place and keep writing as if there are no new episodes after that. If someone writes a fan fiction where Ami never breaks out, this is considered alternate universe. Fan fictions that take place after the end of a show are not alternate universe, however, because there is no canon for them to contradict.

Avatar – Closely related to a Mary Sue, but this is a character which is the actual author inserted into the fandom. For instance, if I write for the character Meg Freeman, who *is* me, but breaks out, this is an avatar. It is basically a vehicle for the author to really, truly play in the fandom.

* B *
Beta Reader – A beta reader is like an editor of fan fiction. This is anyone who is sent a story for the purpose of reading and reviewing a story before it is released to a list or archive so that the author can make improvements to the story before everyone else sees it. These are some of the most helpful and best tools in fan fiction writing. I encourage everyone to seek out a beta reader for every fic they write.

* C *
Canon – All of the events which *expressly* happen in the fandom. Meaning, everything, person, event, statement, that happens in the show, movie, or book is canon. For example, Megabyte’s real name being Marmaduke is canon because it expressly says in Origin Story that it is. Everything that happens in the show is canon. This is sort of used like a law for fan fiction. alternate universes are where an author deliberately ignores, goes against, or stop paying attention to canon in order to create their own canon.

Challenge – A challenge to write a fan fiction with a certain, theme, line or idea. If someone says, “See if you can write a story starting with the line ‘Call me Ishmael'”, this is a challenge. Any fiction which answers this is a challenge fic.

Challenge Fic – Any fan fiction which answers a challenge

Character Death – A heading or warning put on stories warning the reader that in the story one of the canon characters dies. If a story about Adam Newman being killed was written this story would carry a Character Death warning.

Con – Not particularly fan fic related, but common in fan speak. It means a convention of fans.

Consensual – A heading in adult fan fiction that says that all the parties that have sex in the fan fiction are consenting and want to have sex. This is as opposed to semi-consensual where consent is forced or a character is nudged but not outright forced into sex or otherwise having sex but not for reasons of their own (a character sleeping with someone to save someone’s life for instance) and nonconsensual which says that one of the characters is raped (non consensual fanfiction is not allowed on this archive, btw)

Continuation – A fan fiction which carries on after the end of a movie or series. Any fiction which takes places after Living Stones, such as a fiction about Kevin eventually going to college and getting a job, is a continuation. This doesn’t break canon, but merely extends in the author’s imagination. It isn’t an alternate universe because a continuation has no canon to break, since all the canon ended with the end of the movie/book/story.

Crossover – A fan fiction which incorporates characters, events, places, ideas, etc from another fandom. If the TP and Buffy were to run into each other, this would be a crossover, since they are two separate fandoms merged into one. Crossovers are also denoted sometimes with the word: “xover”, the X standing for cross.

* D *
Deathfic – A fan fiction which centers around the death of a character. This usually is a fiction about how the other characters cope with the loss.

Disclaimer – A header that MUST be put before all fan fiction which acknowledges that the fan fiction author acknowledges the copyrights to the material which they are writing for. This is both a courtesy and necessity among fans who write fan fiction. All fan fictions on this archive must include disclaimers.

Drabble – A fan fiction that is self contained and is no more than 100 hundred words. A half drabble is a fan fiction of 50 words and a double drabble is a fan fiction of 200 words. OR A drabble can sometimes mean a very short fic that is not exactly 100 words but extremely short, for instance, it is not incorrect to call a 500 word fan fiction a drabble.

* E *
Ep – Short for an episode of a show

Erotica – Tasteful fan fiction which involves characters in sexual situations. The difference between erotic and outright pornography is mainly in the intent of both writer and reader. The line between erotica and pornography is a fine one and easily blurred. However, all fictions here at Expressions are considered, at least by the owner of the list, to be erotica and not pornography.
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Faction – Parts of a fandom which are split up among different issues in a fandom. For instance, those that support a character and those that don’t are considered factions.

Fandom – The activies, canon, characters, fan fiction, and fans of a particular show, movie, book, or other thing. Everything that happens involving the Tomorrow People fans is the Tomorrow People fandom. This is also used as a synonym for “universe”, meaning the world in which a show, movie, or book takes place.

Fanon – Things that are not strictly canon, but do not contradict it and are widely accepted by most fans. For instance if most fans just accept that Megabyte’s middle name is Archibald, even though it is not expressly canon, it becomes fanon.

Flag-waving – The practice of dividing into faction and supporting or “waving a flag” for your faction. For instance, if there are those who “wave a flag” for Adam, they like and loudly support the character of Adam Newman. This can be a fun practice, but has turned ugly in the past. Flag waving is asked not to be done on the Expressions mailing lists.

Feedback [FB] – Replies that an author gets from readers commenting on the story. This is probably the second most important part of any FANDOM, and feedback is STRONGLY encouraged. Feedback is what motivates writers to keep writing when they get no payment or compensation for the time and effort they put into their stories. Basically, feedback is the lifeblood of fan fiction.

Femslash – A story depicting. Sexual situations between females. See also – slash.

F – A notation on adult fiction which denotes that sexual situations involving only one female are going to take place in a story (ie – masturbation).

F/F or f/f – A notation telling readers that a story contains a sexual situation between two females. If Ami and Jade were to have sex in a story, the F/F sign would be used to tell readers that sexual situations between two females was going to occur in the story. Also known as femslash.

F/F/F, etc… – A notation telling the reader that there are going to sexual situations between more than two females. If Lisa, Ami, *and* Jade had sex together, this would be denoted with an F/F/F symbol. There may be more than three females having sex in the fan fiction, but they are usually not denoted in the f/f/f symbol.

f/m – A notation telling the reader that sex between a female and a male is going to take place.

Filk – A fan fiction that is a parody of a song. For instance, if a writer writes “Tomorrow People Pie” which is a parody of “American Pie”, this filk.

Flame – A negative, hurtful comment meant only to anger or upset a person. This is considered rude and will cause a person to be banned from the Expressions lists and most other mailing lists and message boards. Also, to send a flame is to flame. It can be a noun or a verb.

Fluff – A light fiction which is usually just a day-in-the-life piece that is cute and humorous. A fiction about Jade taking a humourous shopping trip would be considered fluff.

* G *
Genfic – Fan fiction which does not contain sexual situations. It is fan fiction that would be rated G to PG. It contains no sexual or overly graphic violence and relatively little cursing.

Genre – The type of fan fiction that it is. This can mean a lot of things. The fandom itself can be considered a genre.

* H *
Hurt/Comfort [h/c] – A fan fiction in which a character is put through a traumatizing experience in order to be comforted. For instance, having Adam break his leg and then get lots of hugs is a h/c fan fiction.

* L *
Lemon – Any fan fiction containing graphic sexual situations that are described. Much like adultfic and PWP’s, only a lemon might be a full length story that contains merely scene of graphic sex.

Listee – Any person on a mailing list.

Listmommy/Listowner – The owner or moderator of a list, the person who makes sure that everything is running correctly and nobody is flaming or violating the rules.

Literotica – Literary erotica, literary pornography. [ Source: NYT (7/4/2015) Days of Our Digital Lives ]
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* M *
Mary-Sue – Any original female character which is too perfect, too extreme, or otherwise badly done. There is no real hard and fast standard for what constitutes a Mary Sue, but some guidelines can be found here The Mary Sue Guidelines.

Marty-Sam – Any original male character which is too perfect, too extreme or otherwise badly done. The male counterpart to a Mary Sue.

m/m – A heading denoting sex between two or more males. Another m indicates that there is a threesome. Note, however, that there may be more than three male characters having sex even if only the m/m/m heading is used. Three can also be used in a general sense to denote multiple sex partners.

* N *
Newbie – Any fan that is new to a fandom or list.

NS – New Series. This refers to the series of the Tomorrow People that aired in the 1990’s. A character guide can be found here. [Thanks to Beth Epstein!]

* O *
OC – An acronym meaning Original Character. An original character is any character that is not in the series and is created by the author.

OFC – Original Female Character. See also Mary Sue

OMC – Original Male Character.

OOC – Out of Character. (1) When a canon character acts in such a way as to be totally contrary to what they would in the series. If Adam was to get violent and start fights, this would OOC. (2) A term used during RPG’s when a person wants to say something as themselves, outside of the game. (e.g. – OOC: I have to leave my computer in twenty minutes.)

OS – Old (Original) Series. This refers to the first series of the Tomorrow People which aired during the 1970’s. A character guide can be found here that is VERY helpful [thanks to Beth Epstein!].

OT – Off Topic. This is used in the subject of emails sent to mailing lists when someone is talking about things that are not directly pertaining to the purpose of the email list. For example OT: Happy Birthday, Mary Sue!. OT messages should be used sparingly as they tend to clog a list with lots of chatter that other listee’s might not like.

* P *
Pairing – The selection of characters that are in a relationship together. This is denoted by using the abbreviations of their names together or just their name. M/J is, in the Tomorrow People fandom, Megabyte/Jade put together. That is a pairing.

Plotbunny – An affectionate term for an idea that sticks in your head and you just HAVE to write it even if it goes nowhere or keeps going off into other ideas.

Pre-slash – A story which is not strictly adult or strictly about a homosexual relationship but which introduces the possibilities, situations, and circumstances for one to occur. A story about Megabyte and Adam getting closer on a vacation, not starting a relationship per se, but getting there, that’s pre-slash.

Pre-series – A story which is about events occuring before the series began. A story about how John lived before he broke out in the Old Series is pre-series.

PWP – Porn Without Plot or Plot, What Plot? This is a piece of fan fiction that contains no other action than an overt sexual act between the characters. A piece that is about nothing besides Liz and John having sex is considered a PWP.
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* R *
RL – Real Life. That annoying time between fan fictions. ;)

Round Robin – A fan fiction written by several authors taking turns each writing a part. These are great fun on a mailing list.

RPG – Role Playing Game. A game that involves people pretending to be their favorite characters. If you played a game where you were pretending to be John, you’d be playing a Role Playing Game.

* S *
‘shipper or shipper (relationshipper) – Short for Relationshipper. This is someone who supports a particular pairing. For instance, fans who support a relationship between Adam and Lisa are Adam and Lisa ‘shippers.

Sillyfic – A light piece of fan fiction which is rediculous and meant to amuse. A fic that is about Tyso and Stephen getting into some comical mishap is a sillyfic. Unlike fluff, Sillyfics often break canon rules or get OOC, but it is okay in the case of sillyfic, because the author intends to do this just to get a good laugh.

Songfic – A fan fiction which is based on a song or includes a song. These fics can range from silly to very serious and heartbreaking. Many times a song fic will not include the song, but will have the lyrics at the end for the reader to infer how those lyrics reflect the character and situations.

Spoiler – Anything in a fanfiction or email which gives away parts of episodes or movies. For instance, if a fan fiction gives away the ending of Living Stones, a spoiler warning would be issued so that anyone who hadn’t seen Living Stones and wanted to could know to avoid that fic. This is used more commonly in fandoms that still have new episodes airing, such as Buffy. Spoiler warnings really aren’t required in the Tomorrow People fandom, but for such fandoms as Buffy and Smallville, spoiler warnings are appreciated.

Squick – Anything that upsets, disturbs, or grosses a person out is a squick. If something squicks you, it upsets and disgusts you. Some people are squicked by adultfic or other things.

* V *
Vignette – A piece of fan fiction which is centered on a characters feelings, emotions, experiences, reflections, and thoughts. Usually very short. A fiction that is just about Carol thinking of Earth while she is in the Trig is a vignette.

Vanilla – Referring to a type of sex which is ordinary male/female without any variations or kinks.

* U *
UST – Unresolved Sexual Tension. This is a term referring to interactions between characters that aren’t expressly sexual but have sexual undertones. If two characters are dancing and begin to get very close but then are interrupted, there is UST there. This is a term first coined by X-Files fans to describe the chemistry between Mulder and Scully.
* X *
Xover – An abbreviation for crossover.

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🔴 John Bokenkamp Interview – Blacklist Exposed


From the WSJ Blog:

7:31 am December 5, 2015
WSJ Belle wrote:
New Jon Bokenkamp (The Blacklist Exposed) podcast released today

12:04 pm December 5, 2015
WSJ Belle wrote:
The hosts asked questions of their own, and some viewer submitted questions. Some things that were mentioned in the podcast…

● They are going to return to the Blacklister of the week format later in the season.
● They weren’t sure if they wanted Liz to be on the run with Red for a day or for the entire season.
● Liz being on the “dark side” will continue, that there’s more to that. He wants to remind people that Liz did shoot someone “in cold blood.”
● They decided to do things differently this season and use Blacklisters that Red had never heard of, such as Arioch Cain. (But they gave them numbers anyway.)
● They will return to Blacklisters that have importance to Red, later.
● Some Blacklisters later this season will involve fairy tales, and religion.
● The show has issues with the network censors on a daily basis. The Djinn episode was especially troublesome.
● They all have favorite Blacklisters. Bokenkamp likes scary and weird, Eisendrath likes complex, and Spader likes those on a global scale.
● Bokenkamp admits he doesn’t write well about emotions or feelings, that his wife helps him with that. (Or the other writers.)
● The comic book is basically an “alternate universe,” and he told the writer to avoid a certain 4 or 5 year period that contains details that may reveal the “big endgame.” But he said when she broke that rule, that whatever she wrote about was okay, and that “it worked.”
● The endgame he has in mind is still the same as it always has been.
● He once again used the phrase “whether or not Red is Liz’s father…”
● They constantly keep the mythology and past episodes in mind so that things make sense.
● There is an actor from the first season that will return this season (not sure if it’s a Blacklister).
● He didn’t want to kill Fitch and they filmed an alternate ending with him surviving at first, but then saw that the rest of the story didn’t fit if he survived.
● He joked about Red’s blood flowing through Ressler’s veins.
● They may revisit Samar’s story about her brother.
● They may introduce Mr. Kaplan’s backstory, how she came to meet Red.
● They came up with the idea of Aram having a puppy love crush on Samar back in the Front when Aram was holding her hand in the hospital. He did confirm that Samar and Aram had never hooked up, that it was basically a friendship. But it was Amir Ariston’s acting that gave them the idea.
● The affair between Cooper’s wife and the neighbor will be addressed again.
● He did not mention Tom or Cooper at all, and very little Megan Boone. He did say that Lizzie rolling her eyes when Red does one of his soliloquies was Megan Boone’s “contribution.”
● He said that the scene filmed in a shipping container on a ship was NOT a nod to “shipping.”
● He loves to read comments online about the show and that every week (or everyday?) someone goes online to find the weirdest thing they can find to share with the writers. For instance, Red’s cat from his secret apartment has his own blog (forgot the cat’s name).
● No mention of Megan Boone’s pregnancy or whether or not they are going to include it. (But ● maybe I missed it… I’ll have to listen again.)

● He admitted he had picked on Daniel Knauf for talking long in his podcast interview in September, and now he did the same, talking for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

10:32 am December 5, 2015
WSJ Curious1 wrote:
Listened to some of the podcast referenced above. My thoughts
● JB seems to be a nice guy who actually is interested in what fans think of the show. Very passionate about this show.
● JB had never heard of shipping until this show. LOL, it is the strangest thing I ever heard.
● I am glad they stopped the Blacklister of the week format and hope they don’t go back to that format. I can watch any number of CBS shows for that type of story. I was not able to finish it all but it was quite interesting

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🔴 “Advice for Aspiring Writers”

♤♤ From Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier and Dave Metzger,
♤♤ The Blacklist writing staff

I. Three of The Blacklist writing staff put together a compilation of things to do, watch and read for those interested in becoming tv and film writers.

Dave Metzger

Dave Metzger

The writers are Brandon B Sonnier and Brandon Margolis and Dave Metzger who is listed on IMDb as Note Taker for the show and who responded to the request from an aspiring writer.
“The Two Brandons” or “BrandonX2” (as they are known on Twitter) work as a team and have written several episodes each season, including the iconic and unforgettable Pilot (Ranko Zamani), which they co-wrote with Jon BokenKamp, the Series Creator.
Brandon Margolis and Brandon B Sonnier

Brandon Margolis and Brandon B Sonnier

They also wrote (with links to scripts) The Freelancer ¤ Wujing ¤ The Stewmaker ¤ Earl King VI ¤ Leonatd Caul ¤ Marvin Gerard ¤ and
Zal Bin Hasaan. This list includes some of my favorite episodes. Though all three writers are frequently active on Twitter during the shows, Dave Metzger is a friendly and helpful presence even on off-days. His fielding this request and channeling the information to Twitter Blacklist fans is perfect evidence of this,


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Details (also at the Google docs link attached to Dave’s Tweet):

Advice for young writers

1) Most important thing is to write every day. Write every day. You have to write every single day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Make time for it. You’re only a writer if you write every day.

2) Watch this video:

Listen to what Ira Glass says: put yourself on a deadline, and do a large volume of work, in order to “close the gap.”
3) Read a lot of scripts. Have read every great movie, and every movie you admire.

Start here for TV Shows:

And here for features:
4) Read The Playwright’s Guidebook, By Stuart Spencer.
If you read only one book, this should be it. It will teach you more about writing drama than any screenwriting book; trust me, I have read them all.
5) Read this:
6) It’s not important to read more books. But if you really want to, read these first:

— The Dan Harmon Story Structure Tutorials 101-105, linked here:

— Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger The best introduction to basic feature structure. Much more accessible and practical than “Story” or “Screenplay”, the two so-called bibles of the industry (that are now seen as somewhat outdated).

— Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder Everyone in hollywood has read this by now, very good if you want to write the kind of movies Blake did.

— The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (especially the first 100 pages)
But don’t take any of those things too seriously.

If you want even more book recommendations, I can send you an even more detailed list.
7) Listen to John August and Craig Mazen’s podcast. Start with the free ones, but then pay for the old ones. It’s incredibly, incredibly worth the $2.

If you want to write features, listen to a few of episodes of the Nerdist Writer’s Panel. If you want to write TV, listen to EVERY episode. Especially the early ones. And ESPECIALLY the ones with Vince Gilligan:
8) It’s not critical that you get a film degree. It is critical that you learn, somewhere, how to understand movies and TV shows on a deep level – much deeper than “That movie sucks.” You should be able to articulate what you didn’t like about it, why, what might have been done differently. Same with movies and TV shows you love. Everyone in hollywood, or at least all writers and most agents and producers, can do this at an expert level. We all live in one town together and talk about it all day constantly and never get bored. Watch a lot of movies, think about them, and talk about them in a nuts-and-bolts way with your smartest friends.
9) Watch your three (ten, fifty) favorite movies or TV pilots/episodes with a pen and paper and a stopwatch. Write down every scene, and what minute it starts and ends. (If you’re doing this with TV shows, make special note of the act breaks are (meaning when the commercials come on).) You can learn SO MUCH from doing this exercise; it might be the single best thing you can do to improve your understanding of structure.

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🔴 II. Context: Emergence of Complex TV Dramas


The context of contemporary screenwriting can be found in the ‘new’ (actually, about 20 years old at this point) serialized “primetime” dramas, which most people trace back to The Sopranos, and to HBO more generally. Shows such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, 24 and The Wire differ from shows from the 1950s through 1980s when shows broke down into daytime “serials” (women’s tv) vs evening episodic procedurals (men’s tv) in which each plot was introduced and resolved within the hour. Neither Matt Dillon nor Captain Kirk carried their troubles with them from episode to episode.

HBO with its subscriber model was able to experiment with these formulas and the combined or complex form serial/procedural was born, combining aspects of both the “male” and “female” genres. Much has been written about this development, and I don’t want to delve into it all here, except to mention that viewing patterns have also changed with various modes of delayed viewing mixing with live or first-run viewing.

The Blacklist of course is a network show, which means it has a more grueling schedule than the subscription cable model (22 episodes a season versus 12 or so longer shows). Unlike HBO, it is also subject to the more stringent limitations on acceptable language and sex (to be blunt) and in its dependence on ratings and advertising dollars. However, it also falls into the genre of the combined serial/procedural long-form drama, described by David Auerbach in “The Cosmology of Serialized Television” (2014), an impressive review of the genre if you can get over it’s snarky preference for BBC-style literary adaptations.

I have found a number of books that discuss this genre from the perspectives of the show-runner, director, critic, and academic. Below is that list, in order of my preference. All quoted material is from Amazon.

1. Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling by Jason Mittell (2015) (academic, but because it identifies a language and structure for discussing the genre, should probably be read first).

Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.

2. Book: Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, by Tara Bennett (2014), based on the documentary Showrunners

Reader Review: The Real Story behind your favorite shows – Must Read!
By Joseph Genera on April 25, 2015
After watching the documentary on Netflix, I had to read the book! As an actor on the front side of the camera, I always marvel when I’m on set how everything seems to run like a well-oiled machine – 25-150 people running around like their butts are on fire, making sure everything and everyone is where they’re supposed to be at the exact right moment. The technical side always fascinates me, especially when viewing the final cut.

Tara Bennett has ‘caught’ this world at its best – and the not-so-best parts Hart Hanson said it best “…running an American show is like sex…no matter how much you ask around or how many courses you attend there’s no real preparation for the real thing.”

Kudos to Ms Bennett for such an excellent read, and to all the people who’s hard work makes sure we are entertained week after week. (And for providing us ‘talent’ with work! – if not for them…) 5 Thumbs up!

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The Documentary: Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

SHOWRUNNERS explores the fascinating world of the US television showrunner and the creative forces around them, as they battle daily between art and commerce to deliver television comedies and dramas to audiences worldwide.

3. How to Watch Television, by Ethan Thompson (2013) (Advice for critics and for viewers who want to speak intelligently about television.)

We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context.

How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture…. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. … While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered.

… contributions are organised under tfive main themes: Aesthetics and Style; TV Representations: Social Identity and Cultural Politics; TV Politics: Democracy, Nation, and the Public Interest; TV Industry: Industrial Practices and Structures; and TV Practices: Medium, Technology, and Everyday Life. …

4. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin (2013)

A revealing look at the shows that helped TV emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows on cable channels dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for TV, but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, and Alan Ball; in addition to other writers, executives, directors and actors. Martin delivers never-before-heard story after story, revealing how cable television became a truly significant and influential part of our culture.

Bonus: Finally, there are those who trace the serialized drama back to the 1990s, to include seminal shows including Lost and Daniel Knauf’s Carnevàle (Knauf is now a Blacklist writer), and even The X-Files. This book on Carnevàle is good:

Carnivale and the American Grotesque: Critical Essays on the HBO Series (2015)

HBO’s Carnivàle was a critically-acclaimed, elaborate period narrative set in Depression era America that set the stage for the current explosion of cinematic storytelling on television. Despite an ambitious and unusual storyline, remarkable production design and stellar cast, the show was cancelled after only two seasons. No other television series has been so steeped in history, spirituality and occultism, and years later it retains a cult-like following. This collection of fresh essays explores the series through a diverse array of topics, from visual aesthetics to tarot symbolism to sexuality to the portrayal of deformity.

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