rare comedy gem

It’s called Baroness Von Sketch Show, it airs on IFC, it came from Canada, and it’s very funny. Created, written and produced by four women that are also the stars, this is a rapid- fire sketch show about women and their issues. Sometimes subtle, always smart, and often hilarious, subjects go from everyday social situations to workplace and everything that makes us cringe. In one of their sketches, “Run the World”, a global revolution has left women in charge. When we see the all-female World Summit of 2050, what usually takes days is wrapped up in less than an hour. “Conflict? Any war?” “No, we just talk it out these days.”

curso na TV

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-1-13-13-pmTCM, Turner Classic Movies, está silenciosamente fazendo um grande trabalho de marketing multi-plataforma com programação de arquivo. Este mês eles lançaram seu projeto mais arrojado, um curso online grátis que explora o humor palhaçada (slapstick) no cinema. No ano passado, eles já tinham promovido um curso sobre filme noir — e ambos traçam um paralelo com filmes programados no ar. As aulas são semanais, o curso foi criado em parceria com uma universidade/educação integrada e o de humor, Ouch, terá 56 comédias em um mês. Quero fazer igual, Viva!

Best in Show

tv1It’s December and the avalanche of Top 10 lists in the trades indicate a much needed Holiday break. However, there’s so much good TV that I don’t think I’ll have one this year, since I have to catch up with what I didn’t see (like How to Get Away with Murder, and Olive Kitteridge, just to name a couple). So here’s my own Best of and a few links of lists I actually like.
The Americans on FX is probably one of the best dramas on TV and this season was great.
Fargo was downright excellent.
Homeland is back! And what a comeback!
The Good Wife will be good forever, it seems.
Rectify is the quintessential slow-TV, but it is really good, although not in HD.
The Honorable Woman was excellent.
Game of Thrones is addictive.
The Affair is fantastic, a great storytelling format, deep thought provoking narrative in so many ways.
Master of Sex has high and lows, but it’s overall good.
Silicon Valley was a pleasant surprise.
And in the category não-vi-e-não gostei,i.e., rejecting-it-before-I-had-even-seen-it: Jane The Virgin is just a great series, and Transparent, an amazing surprise.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History was lengthy, and interesting, and captivating. The type of thing I would like to do one day.
Fortunately the (comedy) Newsroom is over. The overrated and boring True Detective will probably keep up the hype, and The Leftovers was interesting, albeit incomprehensible. All the new comedies were crap, Scandal sits alone in the category over-the-top-soap, and the female presidents won’t last.

Brian Lowry’s best TV Surprises
Alan Sepinwall’s
Vulture ranked it’s top 10 TV shows of 2014
Variety’s Best Dramas
Variety’s Best Comedies
Entertainment Weekly’s
Hollywood Reporter’s


Writer’s Room, the Show

Sundance Channel e a revista Entertainment Weekly vão estrear um programa inteiramente dedicado a roteiristas de TV. The Writers’ Room será parte talk-show, parte mesa redonda com os mais talentosos roteiristas da atualidade, revelando segredos de suas séries, decisões difíceis que tiveram de tomar, erros, etc. No programa, roteiristas de várias, incluindo Breaking BadDexterGame of Thrones e American Horror Story, Parks and Recreation e New Girl. Quem apresenta é o roteirista de “The Descendants” e ator de Community, Jim Rash.  6 x 30’. Estréia em 29 de Julho.

Bacon na TV

Não vai demorar muito, bacon vai ser tratado como iguaria tão requintada que vai fazer inveja à trufa! E nos EUA, onde o lugar do bacon é num pedestal, come-se bilhões de tonaladas por ano, nada mais consistente do que estrear uma série de TV de 12 episódios em busca da cozinha que oferece a criação mais “apetitosa, de dar água da boca e fazer o estômago rosnar”. Ony in America. E como eles mesmo dizem, mais self-indulgent impossível.  United States of Bacon acaba de estrear no Destination America e é um spin-off do especial de verão “O Bacon”.  O chef que apresenta o programa Todd Fischer percorre o país se lambuzando em bacon. E feliz. Ele é, ça va sans dire, bem acima do peso, sua muito e dispensa pérolas como “I want to wrap myself in bacon and sizzle”.  Nnao vejo a hora do novo livro de Michael Pollan sair, Cooked. Michael Pollan é aquele autor de Omnivore’s Dilemna que fez a gente nunca mais querer comer ovos que não sejam orgânicos e dispensar o milho para sempre  O bacon está presente diariamente em 53% das casas americanas.

Screenwriting Masterclass

Brazil is booming.  A strong currency and upcoming World Cup & Olympics have the country in overdrive.  Television production is at an all-time high: cable is growing at a double digit percentage every month, and for the first time ever, a game-changing law mandates channels to broadcast 3.5 hours of original production in primetime per week (Lei 12.485/11). Projects abound, but great  content is lacking. Very few projects are there for the long haul, the MO of “cheaper the better” prevails, and sadly no one knows how to write scripted series. So from the top of my little US castle, a successful career and a keen eye for success, I decided to teach them how to write, and created a workshop for writers called Rio Script Master Class.
Earlier this year, when I attended the renowned McKee Story Seminar in Montreal, I thought it was brilliant, seemed like the perfect way to start.
Like in every writer’s life, Mckee was the turning point, and I found a sponsor, a producing partner and am sending out invites. More to come.
Btw, the photos published on this post are from The Hilton Brothers, Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg,  captured in 2010 in our coffee media tour.