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.
I’ve spent half my adult life appearing as a talking head on various TV channels, so by now I have the art of on-camera gabbing down to a T and know just what to do, what to avoid, and whether to watch the clip afterwards with one eye covered.
Live appearances on cable news are way different than pre-taped ones (like “101 Celebrity Meltdowns” or “The Fab Times of Lindsay”), so I’ll separate them in offering my unsolicited but extremely useful advice to anyone brazen enough to want to join the unpaid talking head population.
For live shows:
*Have your first answer ready. The worst thing imaginable on live TV is dead air, so you want to avoid ever pausing to think or stammering stuff like “Um, uh…” If your first answer doesn’t match the first question, then say it anyway—and make it match the question.
*Speak in four or five sentences at a time, trailing off when you’ve sensed that you’ve had your say on that particular subject and it’s time for someone—anyone–else to speak. Don’t be a monosyllabic caveman, but don’t monopolize the whole show either. Find a happy medium.
Still from R.E.M: THIS IS NOT A SHOW
To celebrate the upcoming screenings of R.E.M’s amazing concert film, THIS IS NOT A SHOW on Sundance Channel (airing March 1st at 6 p.m. and March 7th at 6:35 p.m.), Sundance Channel will be giving away copies of R.E.M’s double live album, R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, to 20 lucky viewers. Be one of the first 10 viewers to login and comment on this very blog post on sundancechannel.com, following either the March 1st 6 p.m. EST (eastern standard time) screening or the March 7th PST (pacific standard time) screening on Sundance Channel and you can win this amazing two-CD set, produced by Jacknife Lee.