Category Archives: TV Surf Report

TV Surf Report: Oh, God(s) — Religion & Faith are Trending and Make For Topical, Compelling & Entertaining Storytelling

Santa Monica, CA — Anyone else notice that God is trending in TV right now? If you like a little Irreverence with your Reverence, then dear Reader, you are in Luck as Religion, Faith, Mythology, and Historical Fiction are available … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Creative Remakes And Nostalgic Reboots Continue To Trend In Hopes of Breaking Through The Clutter

Santa Monica, CA — Nostalgia. Escapism. Feel Good TV. What’s Old Is New Again. And Again. Hollywood wants to soothe The Viewer with Old Chestnuts, with new takes on familiar titles, and with tales of the Future in which Mankind … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Praise Be! Hollywood Continues to Adapt Books, Graphic Novels and Podcasts

Santa Monica, CA — Oh, we never take the book, a high-profile literary agent told me recently in a meeting about shopping best-selling books and their prospective TV adaptations. This year, Hulu hit a creative home run (and marketing tool for … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Live from Beautiful Downtown Burbank, Surf’s Up at ScriptFest 2017

    Santa Monica, CA — Emerging Writers from all over the world converge on beautiful downtown Burbank each year in June for LA’s premiere screenwriting conference, Script Fest, aka, The Pitch Fest. And I was there. To consult. To brainstorm. … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: True Crime Trending Despite Salacious Stories That Make For Less-Than-Compelling Entertainment

Santa Monica, CA — True Crime Is Not My Genre. For some reason, I actively shy away from these dramas especially when I lived through the years involving the court case or the television coverage of the murder, crime or … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Pilot Season – The Good. The Bad. The You Know What.

Santa Monica, CA — Seems the networks and streaming services are not quite done with Super Heroes, are sticking with struggling new series longer, and are ordering more and more pilots with some sort of built-in marketability (i.e., re-makes or spin-offs). FX … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: In Praise of Outlander, Men In Kilts, Cable Television, and Adaptations

Santa Monica, CA — Recently, I binge-watched the first two seasons of Starz Channel’s compelling historical fantasy drama Outlander. I realize I am kinda late to this Praise Party, but Tha sin sgoinneil sgeulachdan! which of course, is Gaelic for That is pure … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Super Heroes, Sci Fi & Fantasy Still Trending Across Broadcast, Cable and Streaming Services

Santa Monica, CA — Just when you thought the small screen invasion of Super Heroes couldn’t possibly get any more crowded, look no further at the upcoming pilots and series in development featuring more DC Comics and Marvel Studios properties, among … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Family Comedies & Dramas In Heavy Development

      Santa Monica, CA — This Is Us is unquestionably an Influencer when it comes to the new crop of scripts in development at the networks and streaming services:  An innovative, deeply moving Family Drama that has captured a loyal … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Sherlock — When Great Series Jump The Shark (Or Has It?)

Santa Monica, CA — (Updated 18 January 2017) Oh, Sherlock.  Or rather, Oy! Sherlock!  I fear my favorite television series of the last five years has succumbed to the inevitable:  Sherlock has Jumped. The. Shark. PBS’ Masterpiece aired the Series … Continue reading

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