Ep. 34 - s3e9 - Breaking Bad

March 22, 2016

Vince Gilligan created something so incredibly good when he decided to be so bad. Breaking Bad changed the way we looked at a central character. With Gilligan's mission to take Walter White from Mr. Chips to Scarface, he made us slowly watch and attach ourselves to a very bad person. With Bryan Cranston performance as Walter White is so compelling, and intense it made for very good television. Looking back at the last 10 to 15 years, Breaking Bad will rank as one of the greatest shows on television.

The pilot episode is so incredibly well written, it is almost amazing that HBO, Fox, Showtime and TNT turned it down. Perhaps it was the whole "meth" thing, we cannot be certain. Vince Gilligan has a way with words, painting a painfully mundane world of the Whites living in the Inland Empire. For the final production, the show relocated the setting to New Mexico, which benefitted the show, since California has been done before. Breaking Bad is like if the show Weeds went through a meat-grinder and then injected with meth. Remarkably, Gilligan was not aware of the similarities or the existence of Weeds (starring Mary-Louise Parker and created by Jenji Kohan) and he noted that if he had, he might not have written the pilot.  Lucky for us, he created Breaking Bad.
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Ep. 33 - s3e8 - Scrubs

March 15, 2016

From all the medical television shows out there, Scrubs managed to ring true for a lot of medical professionals. Creator Bill Lawrence was able to craft a very relatable comedy that had a good dose of heart. The everyday interactions between the doctors, residents, nurses, staff and patients was something everyone, for nine seasons really enjoyed.

The pilot episode does a great job establishing the characters of Dr. John "JD" Dorian (Zach Braff), Dr. Elliott Reid (Sarah Chalke), and Dr. Christopher Turk (Donald Faison), Carla, Dr. Bob Kelso, Dr. Perry Cox, and even the Janitor. It managed all that while still  clearly maintaining the silly nature of the show and the heartfelt conclusions Scrubs managed to achieve in most if not all of its episodes.

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Ep. 32 - s3e7 - Mad Men

March 8, 2016

Mad Men is a delightful look into 1960's New York life, using the crazy world of advertising as the perfect backdrop to this drama. At the center is the enigmatic and charming Don Draper, the genius ad man (or madman) at the Sterling-Cooper agency. Created by Matt Weiner, who used this script he wrote in 1999 to get a job with David Chase on the Sopranos, Mad Men is known for being authentic and real without being too over the top. The clothes, the brands, even the weather were meticulously researched and many historical events made their way into the seven seasons of this very popular show.

It would almost impossible to believe anyone else in the Don Draper role aside from Jon Hamm. While a few auditioned for the role, it was fortunate for Jon Hamm as he had a streak of bad luck being cast into shows that never got picked up. In this episode we cover some of the other trivia on who auditioned for which roles, and as usual we note some of the changes from script to screen.
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Ep. 31 - s3e6 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

March 1, 2016

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Sandberg, Andre Braugher, and Terry Crews is a brilliant and absurd comedy with heart. Created by veteran comedy writers Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, and Daniel J. Goor, a writer on Parks and Rec, this show is now in its third season on Fox. The writing on the show is solid, with incredible story lines that show off the absurdity in the characters, keeping things fun and funny, while never making light of the crimes they solve.

Since it first debuted, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has consistently been a well written, well performed show. With guest stars Dean Winters and Craig Robinson, this comedy powerhouse brings the laughs every episode. It has made stars of all the cast, and we are excited for its continued success for many more seasons.
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Ep. 30 - s3e5 - Always Sunny in Philadelphia

February 23, 2016

7:55am - Tuesday Morning.

We get to review the eleven season comedy juggernaut Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This show, even after all these years, is still going strong.Rob McElhenneyGlenn Howerton, and Charlie Day are the insane geniuses behind this "Seinfeld on Crack" style show. Also featuring Kaitlin Olsen, and Danny DeVito. In this episode of Script vs Screen we go through some minor changes we found in the script, mostly due to allowing the actors room to breathe and improvise within the lines on the script. The four main actors have such great chemistry, it is no wonder the comedy just explodes on stage. When Danny DeVito joined the cast in the second season it was like adding more gasoline to an already roaring comedy fire.

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Ep. 29 - s3e4 - Lucifer

February 16, 2016

Fox's fantasy drama Lucifer centers on the titular character's recent "vacation" to Los Angeles. The show joins the spate of dramas that involve a special character teaming up with law enforcement to help solve crimes. Think Castle, Minority Report, Sherlock Holmes, Limitless, Bones, Forever, Elementary, and Sleepy Hollow. The police procedural is a comfortable format on television today, and Lucifer (Tom Ellis) offers the potential to be one of the most interesting of these quirky characters to team up with LAPD, and help detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).

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Ep. 28 - s3e3 - Married w Children

February 9, 2016

As it is the case with our third episode we take a look back at a retro show, and we are delighted to take a look at the Fox Network juggernaut show Married with Children. It helped make stars out of Ed O'Neil, Katey Sagal, and Christina Applegate. Looking back it is almost hard to believe a show about a dysfunctional white trash family became so popular. But with such a strong cast, and a really lowest common denominator type of humor - jokes that included light misogyny, fat-shaming, and slutty blond references.  Incredibly, it all worked into a fun, highly popular show.

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Ep. 27 - s3e2 - Angel from Hell

February 2, 2016

Angel from Hell is a high concept comedy starring Jane Lynch as the titular character. Jane Lynch stars as Amy, a down on her luck Guardian Angel, who is somewhat desperate to have her earthly assignment, Allison (Maggie Lawson) accept her help and guidance. Dr. Allison Fuller is skeptical, but willing to befriend Amy, despite partially believing that her, "guardian angel" is probably just a crazy person.

This sitcom has a stellar cast with incredible chemistry. Starring as Allison's brother Brad is Kyle Bornheimer, and the incredible Kevin Pollack stars as Allison's father Dr. Marv Fuller.
The first episode is heavy on setting up the premise, so give this Angelic comedy a chance, the proceeding episodes are a lot of fun, and very funny. 
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Ep. 26 - s3e1 - Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life

January 26, 2016

We start seasons 3 of Script vs Screen with Fox's Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life. A cast of relative newcomers, with the Hangover's Justin Bartha and Battle Creek's Lisa Lapira. It's a Ferris Bueller meets Parker Lewis Can't Lose with a touch of over-the-top Workaholics/Hangover like antics. All directed to a Millenial demographic all trying to survive their 20's. 

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Ep. 25 - Bonus Episode Season 3 talk

January 12, 2016

Thank you to all our fans, listeners and supports of the podcast. We take a little time to talk about some things regarding the upcoming season we are working on. 

 
We bring up something regarding our Twitter account and Dr. Ken actor and star Ken Jeong.
And talk about the upcoming season's new structure. Moving forward we hope to keep the episodes under an hour, and have about 4 sections: 
A) Differences between the script and the final production.
B) More talk about the Cast
C) Catch-All, a section where we can bring up something about the show we wanted to elaborate on, including controversy, and Hollywood news
D) Hot-Minute - a section where each host has one minute to talk about anything on their mind - sometimes about television or anything else. 
 
We end the episode with some inside information on upcoming series that have already been picked up. Shows like Gypsy, Futureman, and Marvel.
 
Looking forward to an amazing third season!
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