Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
How is shooting a short form series for the internet different, if at all, from shooting for the slightly larger screen?
- The main difference is just the arc of the story in each webisode. It's smaller; it's kind of like an incubated episode of TV...We have to make sure there's a beginning middle and end to each of the three minutes. The whole series is ten three-minute webisodes, that's a total of thirty minutes, and there's one overall arc to the whole thing. Obviously there's less time to shoot it, and the budgets are lower. It's kind of a little more guerilla style whereas in the TV episode two years ago, we had professional cameramen...In this one, we shot everything.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Livin' On A Prayer follows a young Philadelphia couple-- yes, Tommy and Gina, just like in the song!-- as they get set up and endure an awkward first date. Things aren't looking so good for their future as Tommy suggest they karaoke and Gina wants no part of it, but then we cut to them belting out the song...a year later.
The pilot deals with the couple deciding to finally move in together, but one of them is having second thoughts even upon initially saying yes. The whole thing reads like a slightly quirkier episode of HIMYM, and while reading (or watching, if it gets picked up), one might be able to make a nice drinking game out of "How I Met Your Mother already did it!" (ala "Simpsons Already Did It" on that one very special episode of South Park).
Along for the ride with Tommy and Gina are Tommy's female best friend and co-worker at the zoo, Gina's male co-workers at the sports bar in which she works, a lion, a giraffe, and a couple of monkeys, and the audience itself, as the characters often break the fourth wall and talk directly to the camera.
The pilot for Livin' on a Prayer wraps the simple conflict of "Will they or won't they?" move in together up pretty nice and neatly, making the script read more as a complete short film than the start of anything long-term. The characters are fun, interesting, and funny but simple. It is doubtful that if some unknown had the "Written by" credit on the front page, networks would have given this particular pilot the same treatment it received due to the star power Bays and Thomas have come to know!
Three years ago, her "baby," Gilmore Girls went off the air after seven seasons. That last year she and her husband Daniel were not involved in the writing but the network opted to keep the show going without the original creators' input, writing, and direction. Sherman-Palladino didn't get to end the series the way she said she always had in mind.
However, now she is back and trying her hand at television again through a new pilot script called The Wyoming Project. Set on a horse ranch in the titular state, The Wyoming Project features small cast of characters when compared to the fictional world of Stars Hollow (at least so far). Gideon (like in the Bible, as one character likes to point out) is the patriarch of his newly orphaned family at only twenty-two years of age. He has taken over running the ranch while his teenage sister has taken over running the house and caring for their even younger siblings.
Gideon seems to be all about just getting through one thing to get onto another...until a stranger from New York shows up. Wearing a cowboy hat fresh off the rack (with tags still on), Lucy steps off a plane from New York to care for her (assumedly) bedridden grandmother who has just suffered a stroke. With her grandmother actually in fine health and unwilling to take on a houseguest (think Mrs. Kim but even pricklier), Lucy isn't quite sure with what she'll fill her days, but she knows she doesn't want to go back to New York.
Lucy is not the only complication entered into Gideon's way of life, though. He has a local businessman trying to buy some of his land, a college-educated brother who doesn't want to come home to help the family, and a much easier time relating to horses than people.
With things looking much better for The Wyoming Project than Sherman-Palladino's last television attempt (The Return of Jezebel James) it just appears that she will be moving on, rather than stepping back into her once beloved Gilmore Girls' world to try to tie up the characters a bit more permanently and to do them more justice. Though in the past Sherman-Palladino has said [a reunion] is not something she'd completely rule out, her one-time star, Matt Czuchry, admitted in an interview last week that such a thing is not a real possibility at this time.
"I've seen things written about that on the internet, but just so everybody knows, I have not heard the first word about that-- not through my agents or managers or Amy...it hasn't even been brought up," Czuchry explained.
Besides, Alexis Bledel is still trying to be a movie star, off promoting The Good Guy, and Lauren Graham is co-starring in Parenthood for NBC. But fans of her writing style on Gilmore Girls will definitely want to tune into The Wyoming Project to get their fix of fast-talking, spunky characters!
Imperfect Angel" album climb up to Number 1. It's just a fun ride!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Now Jess and Rory had their ups and down, too; don't get me wrong. Jess may have been more sexually active that Rory, but he was even more emotionally stunted than she was. In fact, he was too immature to even say good-bye to her, so he just left her, confused and broken-hearted. But they pushed through it in the most mature way and managed to be able to be friends. And when he saw her with Logan, he could see how lost she was, and he wanted to help her but knew he couldn't unless she asked for his help. So he kept working on getting his life together and accepted her friendship.
I like to think that at the point a reunion movie would come around, Jess would be a slightly more successful writer than when we last saw him. Maybe that's even what catches Rory's eye-- seeing a new novel of his reviewed in the New York Times or seeing him promoting an upcoming signing on a national talk show. Maybe she reads the book and realizes it's about a young couple, smarter than most kids in their town but still dealing with adolescent issues of angst and insecurity. Maybe in it he apologizes in his own way for how he treated her back when they were both just kids, and maybe she realizes there's still something there. Whether it's a spark more than just friendship, though, remains to be seen based on what else Sherman-Palladino can build into Rory's "adult" world. But I, for one, would be more than looking forward to finding out just what it is!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Supernatural creator Eric Kripke approached SupportSupernatural.com with an amazing opportunity, very generously donating the pair of Waterford Crystal commemorative flutes that he received when Supernatural was nominated for a 2010 People’s Choice Award (which the show subsequently won). The flutes are one of a kind and cannot be purchased. The pair of flutes come with a letter written to the cast of Supernatural and each stem has an etching on it. One is etched with “People’s Choice Awards 2010 Nominee” and the other is etched with “Supernatural.”
The cast and crew of Supernatural hope that the exclusivity of this item will help raise a significant amount of money for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF).
At the request of the show, the eBay auction will begin TONIGHT at 9pm eastern on January 21, in sync with the mid-season premiere of Supernatural (episode #5.11, "Sam, Interrupted"). Please visit SupportSupernatural.com at that time for the link to the auction.
And be prepared to outbid ME!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
"This is exciting, being here with so many successful Aussies in the industry. It feels really good to think they consider me important enough to be invited. Though I am cooking for them, so maybe they just consider me the help," Stone laughed as he looked around at the sea of actors, directors, and singers being interviewed simultaneously. "And I have to admit, cooking for eight hundred people is not fun. It's a bit intimidating; I'd rather just be kicking back enjoying myself, but I have to hustle in the kitchen."
Stone has much experience cooking for various groups, though, and through his show as well as his partnership with The Biggest Loser, he even takes on the teaching role in the kitchen. He has inspired millions at home to pick up some fresh veggies and lean meat and prepare a healthy meal with their family instead of running to the fast food shack on the corner. But Stone is open to learning, as well...which is exactly what he did when he stripped off the apron and slapped on a power suit to work for Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice.
Stone's past experience in reality TV no doubt helped him feel comfortable in this new venture, despite the fact that he was somewhat a fish out of water in some of the challenges, not to mention the boardroom. "I learned a lot; I mean, he's Donald Trump, so you kind of have to learn something. But I like to think I taught him a little something, too," Stone winked with another laugh.
Stone stayed mum during his chat with me on how well he did under Trump's not-so watchful eye, so I guess we'll all just have to tune in when the new season premieres on NBC on March 14 in a very special two-hour episode.