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June 1, 2008

More Lost Than Ever

Lost (ABC) — Lost managed quite an amazing feat by leaving me, after their two-hour season finale, with no speculation on what’s to come. I let this season wash over me, without geeking out as much as usual, allowing the…

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June 8, 2008

And Then There Was One…

So Lost is done, and so is everything else. I planned this column as a 52-week bonanza of televisual analysis and excitement, but the writers’ strike has finally put a crimp in my master plan. A few summer shows have…

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June 15, 2008

Miniseries Mania!

This week, on top of Robin Hood, I checked out a couple of epic summer-miniseries events. I’m a big fan of so-called “event television” and, over the past decade or so, have grown more and more disappointed by the dying…

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June 22, 2008

Get Carter

Robin Hood (BBC America) — So when Robin comes up against the most powerful enemy he’s ever faced — he turns out to be a Crusades fighter who allies with Robin at the drop of a hat? Okay, maybe not the drop…

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June 29, 2008

Lardner’s Ring

Robin Hood (BBC America) — Last week, I voiced massive disappointment in the writers’ reliance on goofy plot contrivances and dumbing down their characters in an effort to advance the story. Combining a compelling — but not ridiculous — mystery involving the word “lardner”…

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June 23, 2008

Fame

Author: Allison Burnett Genre: Drama Storyline: 5 Dialogue: 7 Characterization: 7 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Consider Logline:A disparate group of students spend four years at a prestigious high school for artists in New York. Synopsis:Young Artists study…

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June 11, 2008

Write What You Have

Now, look, I know I’m pretty hard on Stupid Blogger, because, well…I think it’s pretty clear. Maybe I’ve only devoted one officially sanctioned Stan Has Issues™ post to her, but I still read her blog daily and mock her to pretty much anyone who will listen. I won’t start some kind of blog jihad because that’d make me look publicly crazy. I’m really only prepared to look crazy in private, where my friends can assemble behind my book and discuss how worried they are about me and my obsession with people I find intellectually inferior.

But she wrote something recently that, while comically moronic, gives me a good subject to broach from a screenwriting standpoint.

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