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Ken Levine
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Is THAT still on?
There are hit shows on television that I didn’t realize were still on the air.  Someone recently mentioned QUANTICO and I said, “That’s still going?” Apparently it’s doing very well without me thank you.   This kind of goes along with that survey I posted ...
There are hit shows on television that I didn’t realize were still on the air. Someone recently mentioned QUANTICO and I said, “That’s still going?” Apparently it’s doing very well without me thank you. This kind of goes a...
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Do not try this at home
I'm currently teaching a graduate spec sitcom writing class at UCLA and now offer some suggestions of
what not to do based on actual scripts I have read…or at least attempted
to read.  I'm alerting my students to these traps.  So why not share the advice ...
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Friday Questions
Who’s up for some FQ’s? Bob K. gets us started. When writing for shows like "MASH" and "Frasier", where some jokes are directly related to specific technical areas (in this example the medical or psychiatry fields) is the writing process different? Would yo...
Who’s up for some FQ’s? Bob K. gets us started. When writing for shows like "MASH" and "Frasier", where some jokes are directly related to specific technical areas (in this example the medical or psychiatry fields) is the wr...
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Reboots are made for walking
One downside to having so many networks and so many shows is that audiences can’t keep up with all the product that’s out there. (Not that they’re making that big an effort to do so.) All these titles sound interchangeable and genres are so blurred that...
One downside to having so many networks and so many shows is that audiences can’t keep up with all the product that’s out there. (Not that they’re making that big an effort to do so.) All these titles sound interchangeable an...
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What's on my desk -- revised
A question for writers that has been circulating the blogosphere recently is “ what’s on your desk ?” It's the same question I answered a couple of years ago but a few items have changed, so what the hell? My iMac desktop computer (designed by my son and hi...
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"Are you ready for some football?" No.
As you know, I love LA. Pretty much all things Los Angeles (except traffic and CAA) are “groovy” with me. So when I say this it is not with any glee. But LA is not a football town. Sorry Angelinos, suck it up. Oh yes, when USC has a good team they can ...
As you know, I love LA. Pretty much all things Los Angeles (except traffic and CAA) are “groovy” with me. So when I say this it is not with any glee. But LA is not a football town. Sorry Angelinos, suck it up. Oh yes, when US...
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New choice!
There was another great exercise for comedy writers in Andy Goldberg’s improv class recently. This one was called “New Choice!” Two
people would do a scene and periodically someone would say something and
Andy would interrupt with “New Choice!” The p...
There was another great exercise for comedy writers in Andy Goldberg’s improv class recently. This one was called “New Choice!” Two people would do a scene and periodically someone would say something and Andy would interrupt...
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The March of Dames
For the first time since November I have a glimmer of hope.  Thank you, ladies, one and all, wherever you're marching today.   After one of America's darkest days in history comes one of its brightest.  May pink restore the red, white, and blue. 
For the first time since November I have a glimmer of hope. Thank you, ladies, one and all, wherever you're marching today. After one of America's darkest days in history comes one of its brightest. May pink restore the r...
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Speaking Farce-y
One
writing question I'm often asked is how are farces constructed? I’m
sure fifty different comedy writers would give you fifty different
approaches but this is mine. First off there must be jeopardy.
Something the characters need very badly and ar...
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RIP Miguel Ferrer
Some losses hit you harder than others.  And this one really hit me.  Miguel Ferrer passed away.  He was only 61.   I directed numerous episodes of the sitcom he was in, LATELINE, and became friends.   For the last year or so we worked out at the same gym. ...
Some losses hit you harder than others. And this one really hit me. Miguel Ferrer passed away. He was only 61. I directed numerous episodes of the sitcom he was in, LATELINE, and became friends. For the last year or so...
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HIDDEN FIGURES -- My review
HIDDEN FIGURES is APOLLO 13 for nerds. I can’t recommend it enough. You probably know the premise by now – it’s the true(ish) story of three African-American women in the early ‘60s who worked for NASA and were key players in getting our astronauts up i...
HIDDEN FIGURES is APOLLO 13 for nerds. I can’t recommend it enough. You probably know the premise by now – it’s the true(ish) story of three African-American women in the early ‘60s who worked for NASA and were key players in...
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Topless Table Readings
Table
readings are a necessary part of the production process. The cast will
sit around a table and read the script aloud before putting it on its
feet and beginning rehearsal. For us writers, it’s the first chance to
hear what we have and what might...
Table readings are a necessary part of the production process. The cast will sit around a table and read the script aloud before putting it on its feet and beginning rehearsal. For us writers, it’s the first chance to hear wh...
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