TV

Back in 1998, I was working as a freelance reporter for Inside Kung-Fu magazine. My first big piece was an interview with Jeff Pruitt and Sophia Crawford – the stunt coordinator and Buffy stunt double from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I got to spend quite a few nights at the studio watching them film and it was the thrill of my life — which I know I’ve mentioned more than a few times here on this blog. Anyway, I was cleaning out a closet and found all of my old Inside Kung-Fu magazines, so I thought I’d share screenshots of the articles. All of the super photos came straight from Jeff. The words, are mine. Read More →

I follow TV news everyday but today several forces collided in a most unusual and intriguing way. It began with Chuck Lorre’s vanity card at the end of yesterday’s Big Bang Theory. It combines a mention of a classic TV series revival with a move to air it only through a digital streaming app. Right after I saw that news, I saw a post on Deadline Hollywood saying that Netflix had bought the rights to produce a revival of one of my favorite shows, Lost in Space. Yes, Netflix. NBC took a swing at in some years ago but passed. Just as well as I suspect it wouldn’t have lasted more than a few episodes. On Netflix, it has a chance. From there, I saw that Hulu just released a trailer for their highly anticipated production of Stephen King’s thriller about a time traveling teacher who tries to stop the Kennedy Assassination. To wrap this whole thing in a video tape bow, Fox just announced that they will no longer acknowledge Live and Same Day ratings. Since the majority of the world is time-shifting TV with DVR’s and watching on demand and through streaming services, Fox says it’s not fairRead More →

When I moved to California, my goal was to become an entertainment reporter. Once I got the taste of getting paid to write, my goals shifted. I just wanted to work as a writer full-time, I didn’t care if I wrote about tuna fish or TV! I honestly can’t remember the exact order things happened in, but I know that two forces pushed me down a new road while I was working full-time as an admin at a bagel factory. I have always been a collector of TV memorabilia so I started pitching and selling articles about my collection and then about collecting in general. I wrote one-off pieces for a lunch box magazine, a gum card collector magazine and a couple of toy magazines. Then I landed at Toy Shop. Toy Shop was an over-sized newspaper covering all manner of collectible toys. This was pre-eBay so their big draw was pages and pages of classified ads for people looking to buy and sell toys. I pitched and was hired to write a column on TV and Movie toys and later (or first) a column on SciFi toys. Around the same time, I found a job as a writer /Read More →