Ep. 41 - Minisode (Post Warrior Talk) - s4e4

September 13, 2016

This minisode was a product of us getting really carried away in our discussion after Warrior. We wanted to share this, because we have learned that you can always take away something from every script you read. And what works and what doesn't work can only help with your own personal writing. Becoming a screenwriter in Hollywood can seem pretty elusive, but it is important to craft your own path, write the things you know and care about, and do not let minor set backs define you. Plus, it gives us another reason to sample the Stranger Things theme. 

Enjoy. 
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Ep. 40 - Warrior - s4e3

September 6, 2016

We were fortunate enough to get a script and first look at a pilot episode of Warrior - a mysterious martial arts crime drama that was potentially going to find a home on NBC. The script is really well written, with big ideas and great descriptions of the action and story. This show really illustrates that even with a great script, a strong cast, a skilled director and backed by a great production company, the final project could still miss the mark with editing, and not having the budget for better special effects, or more characters to give it a more fuller feel. It is as though it has all the right ingredients, but was not left in the oven long enough to rise.

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Ep. 39 - Animal Kingdom TNT - s4e2

August 16, 2016

This week we look into Animal Kingdom, the action drama series on TNT. Inspired by the Australian movie with the same name, the premise revolves around a young boy "J" taken in by his extended family.

The young boy's (Finn Cole) grandmother is the matriarch of a crime family, where two of her boys and an "adopted" third (Scott Speedman) pull off heists to fund their somewhat lavish lifestyle. Somewhat because they live in a modest home in Ditmer, California. Conflict arises when Smurf's eldest son returns from prison looking to rejoin the gang. Animal Kingdom is like the Sopranos meets Point Break, meets the Sons of Anarchy, meets the Trailer Park Boys.
We would recommend the original Australian movie, if you enjoy an interesting, thoughtful drama on the meaning of family. The show is still something to question. If you enjoy bad people doing bad things, then this is right up your alley. Shirtless men, drug use, stealing cars, shoot outs, the California sun, excessive drinking and sex, and wrestling in a pool -- Animal Kingdom is very much an Americanized version of the simple story around an Australian young boy trying to belong.
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Ep. 38 - s04e01 - Preacher

July 19, 2016

We have returned from our hiatus to start season 4 with an incredible show with AMC's Preacher. This comic book adaptation has been in the works since the mid-1990's. Fans of the story and comics Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg finally bring this to the screen and the adaptation is different from the source material giving it a fresh essence that has Garth Ennis' blessing.

The show is a campy, fun and close adaptation of the comic book. There are a few moments of action, which makes the show seem slow, and at times it was hard to have empathy for Jesse Custer - many of his sermons delivered seemed dry and without any sort of conviction or zeal. It was hard to believe Dominic Cooper in those moments. Visually, the show is doing a great job with sweeping establishing shots showing off the sadness and desperation of Annville. As directors both Rogan and Goldberg do a great job in telling a very complex story in a packed 60 minute show. The writer Sam Caitlin did an amazing job and it is worth reading to see how a great script is written.

This is definitely something you should give your attention to past the first episode. If the F'ed up, wild, bizarre and twisted story that is Preacher comes to light in the rest of the episodes the audience is in for a special treat. And AMC is the right network for that to happen.

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Ep. 37 - People vs OJ Simpson

April 12, 2016

In our final episode of season 3 we take a look at the show of 2016 People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. This dramatic look at the crime of the century, is well cast, well acted (for the most part), and most importantly recaptures the fascination the country had in the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman by OJ Simpson.

Ryan Murphy, FX and the writers behind American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson really outdid themselves with this series, capturing the frenzy sensationalism that this case represented. In ten episodes race, politics, sexism, crime, the justice system and celebrity are all discussed deftly, making this series one of the best in 2016. 

The pilot kicks the series off with enough gore, camp, and information on the case to hook you in. If you have not already checked out FX's People v. OJ Simpson, find out now what the entire nation had experienced back in 1995.

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Ep. 36 - s3e11 - Castle

April 5, 2016

Andrew W. Marlowe created something really wonderful with his show Castle. While the police procedural pairing up a unique character with special talents, with a by the book, no-nonsense cop is something TV viewers are accustomed to, both Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic brought something very special to Rick Castle and Kate Beckett. The strong acting, fun writing, and great storylines turned this police mystery show into an eight season fan favorite.


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Ep. 35 - s3e10 - Recap Minisode

March 29, 2016

Instead of taking the week off, we bring you this bonus recap minisode. While Alex was away on his honeymoon, Jason takes the microphone and recaps the season 3 episodes, adding some hilarious updates on the shows. 

Jason has some great insight on the shows and shares his opinions on shows he wants to review and even shows he never wants to do like Fuller House. He shares some exciting news about Married With Children, incredible show stats on Always Sunny, and really strives for Script vs. Screen to get a hold of the Mr. Robot pilot episode.

Jason delves into more in depth reasons on why people hate Zach Braff from Scrubs...and finally he touches on that war he keeps wanting to start, all during season 3. 

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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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