For the last few years, Greg Nicotero — The Walking Dead Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Designer — has extended AMC’s hit series online with The Walking Dead webisodes. For this digital spin-off, he’s contributed not only his sizable talents as a director and zombifier but also as a story maker. The latest web series, “The Oath,” was recently named a Webby honoree for Drama: Individual Short or Episode and Best Writing. Since THE WRITERS’ ROOM spoke with Robert Kirkman on-air Fri., Aug. 27, we thought we’d follow up online with Nicotero today.
Can you ever get enough of Lennie Briscoe’s devilishly good one-liners? Probably not. Here are 10 more from the Law & Order vaults for your enjoyment.
1. “Besides battling the forces of evil, what other trouble’s he been in?”
2. “I liked this guy better when he had a heart attack.”
With binge-watching ever on the rise, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon made it clear on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, “A lot of people think because we released all 13 episodes in one day that we’re saying, ‘You should binge watch this.’ In fact, what we’re doing is giving the viewers a choice.” So, viewers —…
I really like this episode as it shows how quickly public opinion can change on an issue as controversial as the legalization of medical marijuana. To date, there are 21 states (plus the District of Columbia) that allow for the legal sale of medical marijuana and another 12 states with pending legislation. This little preamble is meant to highlight the fact that it was only ten short months ago that federal prosecutors were threatening criminal and civil action against the dispensaries if they didn’t cease their activities immediately.
Taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, like every episode of The Walking Dead, cable’s most-watched TV series ever, is never quite drama-free. Before our host Jim Rash even began discussing The Walking Dead, Smallville and other comic adaptations in this season’s second episode, the lights began flickering on and off.
Article: Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows
In honor of this Friday’s episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics,” here’s a list of the best English-speaking supernatural shows of the last 25 years. (Otherwise, THE RETURNED would be in the top slot, naturally.) From zombies to monster hunters, it’s all here. Check out the list below, if you dare.
Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar discuss their writing approach, the controversial departures they made from the Superman comics and the impact of Christopher Reeve.
Q: You guys have worked together a long time. How did you discover your mutual love for Superman?
AG: We were actually approached by Warner Bros. Television where we had an overall deal. We didn’t approach Smallville as comic book geeks since neither of us had ever read a Superman comic. Rather, we came at it as outsiders who wanted to make a show for the fans and the uninitiated alike.
MM: My first real exposure to Superman was Richard Donner’s movie in 1979. We have since worked with Donner on Lethal Weapon 4, but I remember thinking the movie was kind of boring. However, I really loved Superman II. I had the poster for Superman IV: The Quest For Peace on my bedroom wall when I was a kid — but I’m not sure that is a good thing.
Q: Smallville stirred up a lot of controversy with hardcore comic book fans devoted to the original. How did you guys deal with that?
AG: Like all writers — we tried to avoid it as much as possible! We stopped reading Ain’t it Cool News where we were being burned in effigy everyday, and didn’t go to the San Diego Comic-Con until Season 2.
MM: Listening to fan boys is tiring, frustrating and ultimately futile. Smallville began at the dawn of the fan-forum era — we used to scan the posts to get a sense of the general feeling, but that’s it. If we did course-correct a storyline it would be because the fans’ sentiment mirrored our own. The truth is the so-called “hardcore fans” will find fault with anything and everything. We had no interest in following the established mythology of the D.C. universe or aligning our timeline with theirs.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman reveals on THE WRITERS’ ROOM that the zombie series will be getting a spinoff set in a different location. Oh, the possibilities! Ever thought about where you’d escape to during a zombie apocalypse?
Elisabeth Moss, star of both AMC’s Mad Men and SundanceTV’s TOP OF THE LAKE, said at Sundance Film Festival 2013 where the latter premiered, “Coming from an environment where I’m used to reading great television scripts, I kind of have a high standard.” Based on her resume, who wouldn’t agree? Take a look at some of her most memorable accomplishments.
Comic book geeks are the toughest audience to please. Sure, they’ll flock to any superhero movie (and often in costume) but change one detail of the beloved source material, and that’s basically their kryptonite. Still, a select few comic book flicks qualify as nearly 100% nerd-approved. Take a look below to find out which made the cut. (Then tune in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for a celebration of small screen adaptations: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics” on Fri., Apr. 25 at 9PM/8c.)
1. The Avengers – 97% Nerd-Approved
With Marvel’s mega-blockbuster, writer-director Joss Whedon tapped into every superhero fan’s inner 10-year-old. For those whose inner child is perpetually clutching an action figure wherever they go, a Hulk who didn’t look like Shrek only sweetened the deal.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 99.98% Nerd-Approved
A near perfect adaptation of Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting’s “Winter Soldier” comics storyline, this movie is so chock full of Marvel-ous Easter eggs – references to Doctor Strange and Crossbones among others — that it isn’t just the latest comic book movie. It may also be the best.
Los Angeles Bureau Chief of TV Guide Magazine Michael Schneider discusses The Walking Dead‘s success, the legacy of Smallville and the gap between TV and movie comic book adaptations.
Q: What’s the biggest surprise that Robert Kirkman brought to the zombie genre with The Walking Dead?
A: That it could be done as an ongoing TV show. Many have tried, but no one has been able to figure out how to bring such humanity to the genre on television. That’s a credit to Kirkman, as well as Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and everyone else involved.
Q: Do you think the series has pushed the envelope in terms of makeup and F/X on TV?
A: That’s a testament to Greg Nicotero, the special effects master who has created such a distinctive look and world. Greg’s zombies are icky, dripping, messy monsters that are a visual treat to see. And then can’t unsee.
Calling all fans of “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics.” Two lucky The Walking Dead fans have a chance at each winning a Rick Grimes action figure. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @TheWritersRoom on Twitter then tweet out #TWRGiveaway. If selected, you’ll receive a Rick Grimes action figure courtesy of SundanceTV. No…
Kerry Washington, who plays Scandal‘s now-iconic American political fixer Olivia Pope, insists that she’s a play-by-the-rules kind of gal in real life. At the end of taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, she sweetly made sure to thank everyone in the crew. Individually. And why not? That’s just good upbringing… or a calculated career move intended to lure THE WRITERS’ ROOM staff into a sense of complacency while she continues to run the world from her fabulously fashionable offices in DC. Who knows if she’ll need a favor from host Jim Rash down the line, right? Perhaps there’s more Olivia in her than she knows!
We begin the episode with Loredana on her way to the hospital after receiving a call from her longtime friend and client Andrew Bryniarski. Evidently, Andrew has had an altercation with a neighbor that has resulted in Andrew being stabbed six times with an ice pick. Horrible, but not unimaginable. LD is, after all, a criminal defense attorney and we see a lot of horrible things. What is unimaginable is the fact that the police, although they’ve arrested the accused assailant, John Harris, haven’t issue an emergency protective order for Andrew. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Andrew, he is a muscular 6’5” actor who has made a career of playing intimidating and brutal characters like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Eye-candy sidekicks? Please. Whether they’re cops, CIA agents or amateur sleuths, these plucky ladies are absolutely killing it at work — which just so happens to be investigating homicides. Tune in to any of the following shows and you will find women who bend rules, break balls and take names. Smart, brave, tough and uncompromising, these heroines are amazing at what they do, and shatter stereotypes along the way.
Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes tells THE WRITERS’ ROOM, “In our dark world of Washington we play with the idea that everyone’s corrupt, and the agreement that they’ve made is America can never know this.” Since the characters have so much to hide… what’s the best kept secret on Scandal? Vote in the poll below.
You know him and love him for bringing quick wit and even snark to the Law & Order legacy. Below are ten of his most memorable lines. (Not enough to satisfy you? Click here to see ten more!) 1. “Married and a Mets fan… he’s a glutton for punishment.” 2. “I’ve still got the wrong…
In the upcoming episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes says to host Jim Rash, “People want to be Olivia Pope…” But Kerry Washington’s portrayal of Scandal‘s professional crisis manager isn’t the only role up the actress’ sleeve. Kerry’s stellar history in the movie business is full of hit roles. Vote on your favorite in the poll below, and don’t miss Kerry Washington on the premiere episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Scandal,” Fri., Apr. 18 at 9PM/8c.
Geoff Blain, co-star of LOREDANA, ESQ., digs into his past as a TV executive and discusses what makes him the Alfred to Loredana’s Batman. SundanceTV: How did you end up working with Loredana? GB: LD and I met through mutual friends years ago when I was a TV development executive for a production company at…
Jim Rash, host of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, talks about his how he prepares for an episode, the most surprising moments, and what it means to be an Oscar-winning writer.
Q: What’s the most shocking story you’ve heard on THE WRITERS’ ROOM so far?
A: One that stuck out and was surprising was the guys that adapted Smallville talking about the origin of kryptonite, and that it was actually [introduced] during the radio play [of Superman]… I would never, ever have known that information if we hadn’t spoken about it that day on the show.
What: THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash and Scandal Creator and Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes will host a twitter chat to discuss writing for television. If you would like to participate, please tweet your questions to #ScandalTWR throughout the week leading up to the event and follow the hashtag on Apr. 17.
Geoff Blain, the often snappily dressed paralegal on Loredana, Esq., weighs in on his ten favorite courtroom dramas. Of the movies cited, he adds, “The first four represent my childish, romanticized vision of the law while the latter six helped to temper my rosy vista with more realistic and somber grays.”
Loredana may be an ace criminal defense attorney, but when it comes to her personal life, our gal rarely catches a break. While packing to leave town for some much-needed rest and relaxation with Robert and Rocco (gotta love the alliteration), LD gets a call from her friend Kerry Oandasan, who is in jail. To no one’s surprise, LD drops what she’s doing, cancels the trip, and rushes to jail to try to make sense of what‘s happened to her friend. After some discussion, LD, Booker and I realize this is going to occupy quite a block of time as Kerry is facing six felonies – two for identity theft, two for burglary and one each for forgery and credit card fraud. Plus, a $250K bail. All of this on a single mom of four with no priors who decided to go out shopping with her old friend AJ.
Sometimes, they set up a sequel. Sometimes, they’re intentionally ambiguous. And sometimes, they’re maddeningly unclear. But what the best cliffhanger movie endings always do is leave audiences talking up a storm. And this doesn’t only happen in movies—it happens on TV as well. Consider Scandal, arguably the greatest cliffhanger show since Lost. Find out how series creator Shonda Rhimes and company create these high-stakes endings in THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Fri., Apr. 18 at 9PM/8c then vote on your favorite big screen example of a cliffhanger in the list below, ranked from serious palpitations to cardiac arrest.