Video Podcast: Once Upon a Time with Adam Horowitz & Eddy Kitsis!

[image courtesy of ABC]

[Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time. Image courtesy of ABC]

With apologies for the delay and for the technical difficulties, I am proud to present the very first TV Write Now video podcast!  A huge note of gratitude to my inaugural guests – Executive Producers/Writers of Once Upon a Time, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis; they were kind enough to take time out of their very busy schedules to share stories about the history of their writing partnership and their experiences working together on shows from Popular to LOST to Once Upon a Time.

Download/listenTV Write Now podcast, episode 1

iTunes link: click here to subscribe or download and watch on your phone or tablet!

Is it perfect? Far from it. Will it improve? Absolutely! Was it fun, entertaining and informative? YES. Which is exactly why I decided to post it, despite the technical issues.

This podcast is very important to me and obviously I am working on many improvements, but I would appreciate your feedback along the way! Feel free to leave constructive comments below or via Twitter (@TVWriteNow). Thank you, and enjoy!


Podcast Guests

Adam Horowitz

Eddy Kitsis

TV Write Now host

Jo Garfein

TV Write Now podcast editor 

Sohrab Osati


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TV Write Now: Premiere Podcast Guests!


I am very excited and honored to have Once Upon a Time executive producers/writers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis on as my special guests for the very first TV Write Now podcast! Pending any scheduling conflicts, I aim to have the podcast posted in iTunes by Monday, January 14. Look for the link here, as well as via Twitter and Facebook.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to speak with Horowitz and Kitsis on several occasions at various LOST and Once Upon a Time press and charity events, and now I really look forward to exploring their writing backgrounds and processes, how their writing partnership has evolved over the years, and much, much more!

- Jo (@jopinionated)

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Coming Soon: The Launch of TV Write Now

Coming Soon: The Launch of TV Write Now

While the site and logo are being finalized, I wanted to shed some light on what this is and who I am.

Set to launch in early 2013, TV Write Now is a new podcast and website dedicated exclusively to interviews with today’s top television writers. My focus will be on the creative process, going beyond the page and behind the screen to explore and highlight the craft of creating television. The podcast and site will both feature in-depth interviews to enlighten and educate fans about how their favorite series’ come to life. And, frankly, to shine a spotlight on the true rock stars of the modern television era – those who create indelible characters and iconic shows.

For many years, I wrote about LOST extensively, and transitioned from blogger to freelance writer after the series ended. I have contributed to AOLtv (now HuffPoTV), Popular Mechanics, and TV Overmind and more. But because my primary interest is to learn more about the process behind the scenes rather than analyze the final product, I created TV Write Now.

If you are a television writer or you represent one, please do not hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in participating!

I am very fortunate to have lined up the show runners/executive producers/writers of a current hit drama series for an interview on the inaugural TV Write Now podcast, which should debut in January. Thank you for visiting, and stay tuned!

- Jo Garfein (@jopinionated)


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*ARCHIVED Blog posts live here now!

My very first blog, created in 2005, lived on a host site that decided to shut down. Alas, I was able to save the content (but not the comments) by transferring it to an existing WordPress site. Thus, it all now lives here! The original site was called JOpinionated: Pop Culture Perspective. It contained my thoughts and opinions about pop culture, as well as my initial LOST theories. I had to save it all for posterity!

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Where Am I? New Site To Bookmark!

It is time to face the music and address the obvious. I’ve been neglecting this site for far too long, despite great intentions to post more frequently here after LOST ended. 
There are two major factors preventing me from posting here.
1. I tend to share quick thoughts about TV, film and music on Twitter every day
2. There are several steps involved to post an entry using this hosting service
Both factors have one thing in common: time. Or lack thereof. 
So I decided to start using Tumblr instead. Not only does it only involve one step, I can do so from my iPhone and iPad with incredible ease. Here is my new URL for you to bookmark if you’d like to continue following my pop culture perspective:
I am not sure at this point what I will do with this site, but it will remain up and active (as will my Lost blog). And yes, I will be podcasting again…but I need an editor/producer in order to continue. Let me know if you have any recommendations!
Thank you for your ongoing patience! I hope to hear from you on tumblr, Twitter, Facebook or email. 
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Emmy Awards 2010: Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win

Every year I find it challenging to analyze Emmy nominations, because I tend to choose with my heart on my sleeve. If a character or show resonates with me on an emotional level, I place all hope firmly in their corner. 
Of course I am rooting for Lost to win in every category, but if I had to guess – Jack Bender will win for directing, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof will win for writing and Terry O’Quinn will take home the statue for Supporting Actor. However, I have a feeling that even the final season of Lost will be unable to topple the Mad Men juggernaut. 
Below I have designated and differentiated. Enjoy!


We’ll find out Sunday night just how wrong I am! Who is your top choice in the major categories?

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Must-See: The Big C (Series Debut Monday, 8/16)

Expect The Unexpected

The very first thing you need to know about The Big C is that it is not a television series about cancer. Yes, The Big C refers to cancer, but the focus of the show is far more about how one woman reacts to her diagnosis than it is about the illness itself. The Big C is a dark comedy that will take you to surprising places with equal humor and poignancy. 

In Which My Praise For Laura Linney Knows No End

Laura Linney is perfectly cast as Cathy Jamison, a suburban school teacher who discovers that she has cancer. I have admired her work over the years, particularly in Tales of the City (1993), Primal Fear (1996), Absolute Power (1997), The Truman Show (1998), The House of Mirth (2000), You Can Count on Me (2000), The Life of David Gale (2003), Mystic River (2003), Love Actually (2003), Kinsey (2004) and Breach (2007). Although Linney received an Academy Award nomination for The Savages, I still feel as though she deserved an Oscar for You Can Count on Me. And if you did not see the HBO miniseries John Adams, add it to your queue immediately; Linney won an Emmy for her role as Abigail Adams and it was one of her finest performances to date. 

By the way, I highly recommend this this recent New York Times profile of and interview with Linney. 

Why The Big C Deserves a Season Pass

Because you will find some of Cathy Jamison’s reactions to be quite reasonable, and others to be rather shocking. Because the supporting cast is quirky without being stereotypical or grating. Because you will find yourself wondering what changes you would make in your life under the same circumstances. Because Laura Linney is a familiar, comforting face that will accompany you into potentially unfamiliar territory; a phenomenal actress who radiates warmth and strength on screen. Because we now have the opportunity to spend a half hour a week with Linney and her unparalleled dimples. And because short house robes are bound to make Entertainment Weekly’s sidebar column The Shaw Report as an “in” trend after an episode or two.  

Roll Credits

The Big C also stars Oliver Platt (Huff) as Jamison’s husband, Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) as one of her students, John Benjamin Hickey (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) as her brother, Reid Scott (My Boys) as her doctor, Phyllis Somerville (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as her neighbor and newcomer Gabriel Basso as her son. Idris Elba (The Wire) also makes a guest appearance, and former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon joins the cast later on in the first season. 

Series creator/writer Darlene Hunt is also an actress and playwright; she recently appeared on Hung and Parks and Recreation. Executive producer/writer/showrunner Jenny Bicks previously wrote and produced Sex and the City and Men in Trees. Executive producer Neal H. Moritz is primarily known for film but he also produced Tru Calling and Prison Break

The pilot episode of The Big C was directed by Academy Award winning screenwriter Bill Condon (Gods & Monsters), and future episodes are lensed by a few of my favorite cable television directors, Craig Zisk (United States of Tara, Nip/Tuck, Nurse Jackie, Weeds) and Alan Poul (Six Feet Under). 

DVR Details

Linney’s talent, the stellar cast and the subject matter, combined with the creative experience above, is exactly why you should tune in when The Big C debuts on Showtime next week (Monday, August 15 at 10:30pm ET) immediately following the season 6 debut of Weeds at 10pm ET.  You can also become a fan of the show on Facebook and follow series updates on Twitter
Of course if you don’t want to wait until Monday, you can watch the entire first episode right now on Showtime!

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