Copy-amirite?

Y’all, I apologize in advance, because I’m about to be slightly educational. And if there’s anything this blog is NOT supposed to be, it’s informative or useful in any way. I’m going to bring it back to TV, I promise, but in the meantime stick with me for a hot second.

Those pour souls amongst you who have been forced to spend any significant amount of time with me already know that I believe strongly in the importance of an intellectual property system that is calibrated to reward invention without stifling innovation. IP MATTERS, PEOPLE. Not just for things like pharmaceutical R&D, but for an artist’s ability to control the use of their work, a smartass’s ability to parody freely (Scary Movie, anyone?!?), and for your protection from the knockoff Folexes and Goochees of the world.

Well, this has been a big week in IP land. SCOTUS just issued an opinion ruling that copyright can protect elements of “useful articles” (in this case, cheerleading uniforms). This is a big deal in the world of IP, and if you want to learn more about it, there’s a good article on the decision here.

But what on earth does this have to do with TV?

Well, reading about copyright reminded me of my favorite segment from the Colbert Report, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Sorry that I can’t embed it– still haven’t figured out how to make that work for non-Youtube videos. Again, I sincerely apologize if you learned anything today. It won’t happen again.

 

 

I <3 Network TV!

You guys, news flash. It’s time to start watching network TV again.

Yeah yeah, we all know about Mad Men, Broad City, Game of Thrones…. we all know the list of cool-person-approved shows. I agree with you that the first season of Mr. Robot is really something. Breaking Bad is unprecedented TV, I know I know. But I have noticed that premium cable has the tendency to leave me feeling kind of… bummed? disturbed? depressed? The whole purpose of these types of shows is to test the limits, throw you off, keep you off kilter. Right now the name of the game is discomfort… and sometimes I’m just not up for that…. Which is why I’m going to make my pitch for the warm embrace of network TV (in this instance, specifically, comedies).

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The Bachelor! Hometown Dates! Finally!

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to actually get around to watching the Bachelor. I’m not trying to make excuses (ok, no, I am blatantly making excuses), but between having to work at work and then trying to make my dreams come true, I have been losing it a little.*…. I don’t know how I did it, but I actually went like three days without even watching TV! It was horrible and I hope to never repeat this experience.

But today, spec script draft finish, I decided to procrastinate on the personal statement and resume portion of my application packet with my favorite thing– reality TV. Maybe it’s the rush of dopamine that flooded my brain at the sight of Nick’s dopey toilet-rose pose, but I had so many thoughts about this week’s episode that I can’t wait to share with you!

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Badly behaved sock monkeys! Music! A cool video 4 u!

HI EVERYONE! Sorry that I haven’t posted today. I have been typety-type-typing away at this Bob’s Burger spec script so I *still* haven’t been able to watch the Bachelor (and I heard this week was great– you know I’m serious about this writing career since I have no reality-TV willpower).

Fortunately, I have something really cool to share with you during this busy period! I know you guys are super cool and are fans of Gangstagrass. Well Rench just announced his upcoming solo album by dropping a video for his great new single that was featured in Rolling Stone today…. and I KNOW THE DIRECTOR*. His name is Daniel Lafrentz and he crushed it, big time.**

Watch the video. Maybe dance a little, drink some wine, watch it again, have a cookie, I don’t know your life. And if you want to check out more of Daniel’s work he has a website here.

*Gotta make this all about me, obvi! Actually if I may reflect for a moment, it’s super cool to be at a place in life where I know really creative, amazing people who are starting to get real traction in achieving their dreams. It’s very inspiring and cool!

**I’d embed the video but my WordPress account doesn’t support it. Sorry guys.

 

 

 

 

Gonna be Tardy for the Party

HEY TEAM! Just a quick advanced warning that I am going to be sadly delayed in this week’s Bachelor recap. Not because I am ANY LESS ENTHUSIASTIC about how Corinne will pivot now that her mind-control techniques have failed, but because I am finishing up a spec script to apply to Nickelodeon’s fellowship program. I have been burning the candle at both ends trying to get it done but am just way behind, so I have to deny myself the pleasure of Bachelor-watching until it’s done. I’m deeply sorry and I promise to make it a good one as soon as my application is in!

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