TV Interviews

screenwriting for TV and streaming series

 Brock Swinson

“Write a Good Story with Star Trek Grammar” Akiva Goldsman on ‘Star Trek: Picard’

“Write a Good Story with Star Trek Grammar” Akiva Goldsman on ‘Star Trek: Picard’

“One thing that is relatively unique, or endemic to the Star Trek franchise, is that it’s optimistic, or hopeful,” declared Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman who co-created the lastest latest installment in the franchise – Star Trek: Picard. “It offers the promise of the future, rather than the threat of it.” Star Trek: Picard, which is a follow-up to […]

 Brock Swinson

“Make Something Happen Quickly” Davah Avena on ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

“Make Something Happen Quickly” Davah Avena on ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

Are TV musical comedies having a moment? NBC thinks so with their comedy TV series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Queue a show about the eponymous Zoey Clarke, a geeky coder who begins hearing people’s innermost thoughts through songs after a routine MRI scan goes bonkers. Haven’t we seen a similar premise before? Perhaps. But not in such […]

 Jim

“Proportionality Of Genre” Carlton Cuse & Meredith Averill Define ‘Locke And Key’

“Proportionality Of Genre” Carlton Cuse & Meredith Averill Define ‘Locke And Key’

[some spoilers are included in this article] Is Netflix’s new series Locke And Key a horror? Is it a fantasy? Perhaps even a teen, coming of age drama? Maybe a splash of spine-tingling horror? The correct answer is number two. Sort of. The other answers are also correct according to Locke And Key showrunners Carlton Cuse (Lost, […]

 Jim

Screenwriter Tom Perrotta Talks ‘Mrs. Fletcher’, ‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Election’

Screenwriter Tom Perrotta Talks ‘Mrs. Fletcher’, ‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Election’

Mrs. Fletcher on HBO covers some very familiar territory – a forty-something, recently-divorced woman navigates her post-marriage single life after her son goes to college. But not in the way that novelist and writer Tom Perrotta has covered it. Like many good TV series, good writing begins by drawing from your personal experiences. Tom Perrotta, also […]

 Brock Swinson

“Find The Meat Beneath Racial Stereotypes” Karin Gist Talks ‘Mixed-ish’… Honestly-ish

“Find The Meat Beneath Racial Stereotypes” Karin Gist Talks ‘Mixed-ish’… Honestly-ish

The latest series in the “-ish” universe, Mixed-ish, follows in the footsteps of Black-ish, a heartwarming comedy about family, belonging, and race. Where Grown-ish traveled back in time to 1985, Mixed-ish tells the story of family members trying to understand their identities as the rest of the world decides whether they’re black or white. It’s […]