All you aspiring TV writers out there constantly searching for hard to find TV pilot scripts, look no further than "Pilot School," a treasure trove of TV literature in easily downloadable and digestible format. Now you can finally throw away that copy of The Secret and read something worthwhile (Don't throw away the DVD version, because the first few minutes are high comedy).Oh, and if you're also just into TV script arcana, Pilot School has innumerable unsold and unfilmed material as well. I highly suggest you check it out online, and then get back to your cigarette smoking and typewriter tapping or whatever aspiring screenwriters do, aside from run movie and TV blogs.[via the awesome JohnAugust.com]
The Family Guy loves to give a good skewering, especially when the butt of the joke is a celebrity. The paparazzi prey doesn’t necessarily deserve it because they’re pompous or ignorant – although those types are certainly shown no leniency – but simply because all limelight hogs can afford to be taken down a peg or two. We here at Screen Junkies salute Family Guy for tackling superstar satire in their trademark no-holds-barred, consequences-be-damned manner by featuring 15 celebrity cameos (real or impersonated) that cut right to the core. They’ll make you laugh and think, but most importantly they’ll make you say to yourself, “Yeah, that is an over-the-top yet surprisingly accurate depiction of that particular person.”
Angela Petrelli is front and center this episode, as she relates to her family the terrible events that led to the destruction and death they see at Coyote Sands, including her relationship with the sister Alice no one ever knew she had. It's a Heroes episode that's a little bit light on the action, but heavy on some great Petrelli family moments, and it's after the jump.
While Tony's sneaking around the base, he sees a truck pull in. He gets a call from Bauer telling him that the President has called off the air strikes for some reason, and that he's got to get out of there. Then Almeida takes a closer look at the truck, and sees that it's is a gas tanker holding would-be fuel for surface-to-air missiles. Bauer says he'll get in contact with the President.Madame President admits that Hodges is blackmailing her with the missiles. Bauer explains how Almeida can get inside the bunker and blow up the fuel tanks with C4 he's got in his utility bag. At first she is ardently reluctant. "How long did they give you to live?" she asks Bauer. "They don't know."–"Then there's not much I can do to stop you." She hangs up.Bauer takes that as a indirect order to go ahead with the plan to have Almeida go in, and so he transfers the order to Tony, who has the utmost confidence in himself that he can complete the mission and blow up the missiles and bio-weapons. He holds up one Hodges' goons, and heads down into the fuel tanks.
Now that you capped those horrendous 40 days without footlong hotdogs, sit down and indulge with your old pal TV. Tonight, there's only 3 episodes left before the Heroes go on summer vacation, and 24 promises you a clock stopping episode replete with Jon Voight's killer Congolese virus. Your preview after the break. Heroes 9/8c on NBC
The Sarah Connor chronicles comes to a chilling conclusion tonight, but doesn’t fail in explaining major pieces to the origins of a story conceived 25 years ago. Watching the NewsAgent Aldridge reiterates Sarah’s rights, but it’s a speech she’s heard many times before. He then lists the details of her incarceration; the murder of Miles Dyson, the destruction of a Los Angeles Bank, and a firefight resulting in a young girl’s kidnapping and five dead, two of which are law enforcement officers. Sarah’s crimes cover a range of time extending from ten years into the past up until this Monday, just before her apprehension. Aldridge wants20to know where John Connor is. Sarah is adamant that her son is dead: he died in the bank explosion.
Jesse wants Spoog and he’s got murder on the mind. So he goes to Spoog’s shotgun shack. Jesse’s more scared than Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. He breaks into to this roach infested room and a creepy little red headed brat walks in and turns on the tube. But the cute little guy is the only one home. Jesse who dubs himself Diesel (#32 to all the Shazam fans) will have to wait to get revenge on Spoog. In the suburbs, Skyler calls Walt’s old friend Gretchen and thanks her for helping with Walt’s medical bills. Gretchen’s confused and they plan to meet up. Meanwhile, Walt busy at work, has a little talk with the principle Carmen who’s about a 12 on the babe meter and seems to have a little interest in our cue ball hero Walt. When Walt gets home there’s a hot ass Bentley sitting in the drive way. It turns out Gretchen showed up at Walt’s place but held up Walt’s lie about his medical pay. This is awkward.
When Topher learns that there’s a spy in the Dollhouse, Echo and Sierra are imprinted as spy-hunters and deployed on separate missions in order to flush out the mole.A Spy in the House of LoveThe episode begins with Echo and Sierra wandering through the halls of The Dollhouse. There are screams from behind one of the doors on the floor above and a gunshot rings out, blood splattering against the glass on the other side. Echo’s dominatrix uniform indicates that her next mission is going to be something naughty. She talks about trust, pain, and her dungeon. After her mission, she is wiped.Dominique and Dr. Saunders speak openly about the Dollhouse in front of Echo. The two discuss the pros and cons of what they do here, dwelling mostly on the cons. Dr. Saunders thinks that the system is flawed, but not for the same reasons as Dominique.
We hate goodbyes! Two of our favorite of shows are culminating their seasons tonight. Terminator:TSCC promises a climactic face off with a T-1001, and Friday Night Lights ends with a majority of the cast moving on to college (but don't worry, the show got picked up for another 2 seasons). Don't start going outside or anything, Breaking Bad is still goin' strong, and the absence of one show means the emergence of another. Here's hoping for summer long Knight Rider series. Your preview after the break.
This episode starts with the team celebrating after their 50th show. 50 hours of dynamite comedy. Instead of arriving backstage to full wine bottles and a party, the crew finds empty wine bottles that are supposed to be used as paperweights. Jack pulls Liz aside and says there are going to be drastic cutbacks; the economy has hit the company hard. The entertainment division will face some of the most severe cutbacks. Jack tells Liz she has to put together a presentation that will be given to a group of cutthroat outside consultants, justifying her budget. Liz tells Jack not to worry, she has some tricks up her sleeve. Jack becomes worried when he finds Lemon means, “Trix up her sleeve”, as in the literal candy cereal up her sleeve.
Southland kicks off it's series premiere by informing the viewer that there are only 9,800 police officers patrolling our streets here in LA. The rest of the episode is spent proving that if Los Angeles is indeed the City of Angels, then the LAPD are the only ones we've got. Unknown Trouble It's the end of Sherman's first day on the job. Police lights bathe the scene in waves of red and blue, exposing a bullet torn body slumped on the ground in a widening pool of blood. Not too far away, a wounded officer is being hauled off by the paramedics on a stretcher, and a mob of girls is crying behind them. Sherman steps up to the body on the ground and drops to his haunches. The look on his face can mean anything; indifference, sorrow, regret, confusion… perhaps he needs to vomit. He squats there for a moment before a voice calls out, "You ok, son?"
From Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack comes a raw and authentic look at a police unit in Los Angeles. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East Los Angeles, "Southland" is a fast-moving drama that will take viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.Airs: Thursdays 10/9cNetwork: NBC
The show opens with our star Amy Poehler awkwardly interviewing a young girl about the exact level of fun she is experiencing at the moment in a public park (“would you say you’re having a moderate amount of fun and somewhat enjoying yourself?”), at which point she is interrupted to roust a homeless from the slide by forcing him out with a broom. And thusly we are introduced to the relentlessly enthusiastic Leslie Knope, a woman who’s clueless-ness is rivaled only by her indefatigable love for her job.She has a definite Michael Scott-esque quality to her, but dialed back about 15% on the stupidity, incompetence, awkwardness, basically everything that makes him such an insufferable doofus. Instead, she comes off as a more relatable, if still pitiable, character. Someone we come to love to cringe at. And cringe we do, as she makes an ass of herself for 22 extremely pleasant minutes, setting up what will hopefully be a good series, judging from the first installment.
Turn on the TV & tune it to NBC, microwave up some popcorn, then chuck your remote control out the window and give those button pushing fingers a much needed rest. NBC has 3 hours of new shows and series premieres that mean no complicated channel switching. 2 new episodes of The Office, the series premiere of Amy Poehler's new comedy Parks and Recreation, new 30 Rock, and the series premiere of Southland, a police drama by the creators of ER. Your preview after the break.
Sacred Heart’s couples are finding it difficult to reach common ground. Meanwhile, J.D. receives an unexpected invitation to an unexpected wedding. Kiss AnniversaryScrubs jumps on the anti-ginger kid bandwagon when this episode opens with Elliot hating on red heads, claiming that they are “God’s mistake.” J.D. realizes that it is the seventh year anniversary of his first kiss with Elliot, and he hasn’t gotten her a gift. He gives her the task of singing “Old MacDonald to Samuel, knowing that should give him exactly 45 seconds to correct his error. While she struggles to maintain the correct pitch, J.D. books it to the gift shop, grabs the first thing he can set his hands on, and outruns Leonard- the one handed security dude with the claw- who immediately gives chase. J.D. returns as Elliot finishes the song and hands her his present… an electric toothbrush. Elliot assures J.D. that he doesn’t need to make a big deal out of an anniversary for a kiss. Love Is In the Air
South Park gives us another episode of mixed quality that’s strengthened by strong character moments and some hilarious, if not spot-on, celebrity parody. Jimmy and Cartman have come up with the perfect joke, and it sweeps the country in a frenzy of media exposure. Before the boys knoew it Carlos Mencia is taking credit for their joke and Kanye West is getting pissed off that everyone's calling him a gay fish. Confused? So is Kanye, and find out exactly why after the jump…
According to Ben, it's time for him to be judged by the smoke monster, so Locke takes him along to do just that, encountering Sun and Fred along the way. We get more backstory and a few flashbacks summarizing Ben's experience growing up on the island and his many dealings with Widmore. This week's Lost finally starts to delve into the mysteries of the island with more depth, and it offers up some pretty superb moments, right after the jump.
TV's got a delicious feast for your eyes tonight–new episodes of Scrubs, South Park, Lost, and Reno 911!, and the premiere of a new NYC cop drama called The Unusuals. Make sure to catch the premiere of that along with it's main competitor Southland (premiering on NBC tomorrow tonight) too get your full dosage grizzly Police action. I think The Unusuals has an edge purely because of Adam Goldberg's glorious 'stache, but you be the judge. Your TV preview after the break.
The abstract antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue random projects to make their city a better place.Network: NBCAirs: Thursday at 8:30/7:30c
The Fringe department of the FBI is back in action tonight after a near 2 month vacation from strange paranormal activity. Also, be sure to catch the series premiere of Deadliest Warrior, a show pitting the gnarliest killing machines in history against eachother. Tonights matchup: A Roman Gladiator Vs. Apache Warrior. Sick. Your preivew after the break.
Comedy Central recently posted a clip of Reno 911's Lt. Jim Dangle and Officer Suzie Kim doling out sage advice on how to navigate internet and email, which can certainly have its pitfalls. I know. I just emailed my boss a picture of my balls instead of posting them to ScreenJunkies first. How embarrassing! Check out the clip after the jump, and remember, as Jim Dangle says in the video: sometimes your co-workers will search your web browser so your history is full of "monster c**ks."
Hiro and Ando continue their quest to unite the two Parkmans, while adult Parkman is on a quest against Danko to get revenge for what he did to Daphne. Sylar, meanwhile, is having a lot of fun with his new shape-shifting ability, using it to make Noah question himself and those he loves. Mohinder's finds some old boxes with information from his father, and as he's rifling through them it becomes more and more clear that all roads to lead to Coyote Sands….after the jump, that is.
It's midnight baby, and Moss, Almeida and their team of FBI agents are stuck in a sticky situation, cornered by Hodges and his goons. A truck pulls up and out steps Jonas himself, "I want you off my property." He starts yelling at them and denies any such bioweapon on the grounds of StarkWood. "You've got 5 minutes to get you and your helicopters out of here." Renee was on the other line listening to Hodges' rant, and she runs over to Bauer for some advice.He makes a call to Doug Knowles, a higher up employee of StarkWood that he knows might be willing to cooperate. He calls him up. "Things are out of control," says Knowles. He agrees too help them find the weapons might be."Lets show our guests the door," Hodges slimily says to his goon. Bauer gets on line with Larry Moss and tells him that they need to create a diversion so Tony can escape and find the true location of the weapon. Moss hangs up, walks over punches and punches a testy Seton, giving some time for Tony to escape while grabbing a utility bag from one the FBI agents. While exploring StarkWood, he meets up with Doug Knowles.
Tonight, America's favorite bracketed tournament culminates with some Spartans battling some Tarheels in motor city, a super hero goes through the woes of marriage, and Jon Voight furthers his attempt at blowing up a bioweapon in the U.S. Your trusty TV preview and some classic Jordan footage after the jump.
Welcome back from reality ladies and gentlemen, the Dillon Panthers and Friday Night Lights went back to basics this week, and reclaimed their crown for the best television series on the air right now. This last episode was a return to greatness for our beloved Panthers. Our return to the State finals tied everything together; it was Matt, Landry, and Riggins’ last game and everybody left it all on the field. Tyra, after many rewrites, finished her application essay for college, and her recent beau Landry finally played meaningful football, in the finals at that, albeit on special teams. Even though Lyla reconnected with Buddy, all was not well in the realm of family matters. The McCoys and the Taylors were at odds, because the Taylors were obligated to report them to Child Protective Services on account of their fight after the semifinal game. On top of this conflict, the Saracens were divided over Matt’s future as well; his grandmother was preventing him from going to Chicago for school, while his mother, Tami and Julie were encouraging him to pursue it further.
And…we’re back. Walt sits dreamily in a cancer clinic, life moves around him. His doctor says, ‘cautious optimism’. His doctor though wonders about Walt and Skyler’s relationship. Looks like we’re in line for some more husband and wife drama. Meanwhile business at the police office is slow for Hank. Apparently Hank suspects that Heisenberg, a.k.a. Walt is the next up and comer in the business. But Hank laments, that perhaps he’s is only an urban legend. There’s good news and bad news for Hank coming next. First he gets a sweet promotion to a position in El Paso, TX. But as he rides the elevator, he gets what appears to be a heart attack. But by the time he makes it to the bottom, he has recovered. For the first time, we a see a weakness in Hank who apparently is affected by anxiety attacks. Finally Jesse makes his grand entrance into the episode. He pulls the Methmobile into Clovis’ scrap yard and pays the big dumb animal for the towing, storage and the broken porta-potty.
Sarah and her gang rescue Savannah from certain doom, but her salvation comes at a high price. John Henry tries to learn more about his brother, and Sarah makes negotiations with Ellison to meet with Weaver. Everybody Dies For MeSarah stands above a series of headstones dated 1984 with tears in her eyes. Derek approaches.“I don’t know which one is his,” she says over her shoulder.“It doesn’t matter. Grass, trees… could be worse,” he offers. They’re talking about Kyle. Derek confronts Sarah about not showing up to meet in the desert. John had called to tell Derek and Cameron that they were actually staying at Charlie’s place. Derek wants to know why Sarah lied about meeting up with them. Sarah responds by twisting the thorn in Derek’s side and explaining that he keeps too many secrets for her taste. She’s obviously referring to Jessie, and how by keeping her a secret, Derek endangered them all.John walks up and Derek says “I’m sorry about Charlie.”
Good news for you Dillon loving, TV tackling FNL fanatics–NBC has renewed the show for another 26 episodes! Now more than ever, you need to catch up with the show that has it all; babes, football, more babes, believable drama, and straight up no-nonsense rural Texas. Round the rest of your weekend out with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which is on it's 2nd to last episode), some more sporting action with the Final Four on Saturday, and another episode of the constantly percolating Breaking Bad on Sunday. Your weekend TV preview after the break.