My family and I were watching the X-Factor the other night and one of the judges said to a contestant…..“OMG where did you come from?”…….To which my daughter responded by face palming her head into her hand while shouting….The same judge then said to another contestant….“Where did that voice come from?”….My daughter glared at the TV in complete exasperation, threw her hands up in the air and said………“From her throat…. where else would a voice come from?……. Honestly I’m not watching this show anymore until they get some intelligent judges!”……I do so love my Asper girls literal ways………
Long ago and far away (or at least in Florida), I was a field producer for the Worst Program on Television. Many programs have vied for this title and, yes, there are quite a number that come pretty close, but ABC’s The Last Word was the hands-down Winner. They had to retire the Morton Downey Cup after that year and replace it with the Jerry Springer & Dr. Phil Dual Memorial Ball-Gag.
I said I was “a” field producer for The Last Word. In fact, I was the only field producer East of the Mississippi. Peter Shaplen, with his suave good looks and smooth Continental manner, covered everything from the Pacific to Chicago. The reason that there were only two of us to produce material for five shows per week was the result of the same complete failure of planning or, arguably, an absence of any indications of rational thought, on the part of the crack production team who had created the program.
You see, this was in the “good old days” of television known as the “Feudal Period” or the Daimyo Dynasty. All television programs and all television producers had been divided into fiefdoms run by a small group of powerful men (there might have been a woman or two later but I was never in their entourage). As a mid-level samurai seeking new quests after the 1980 presidential campaign and the usual complete emotional breakdown that followed, I was a loyal member of the Family L (all names have been replaced by easily-recognizable letters to protect…well, to protect ME.). That meant that L would seek to protect and keep me employed and, in turn, I would work 18 hours a day for him and periodically permit him to exercise droit de seigneur with new interns. Without this protective relationship, I would have had to become a ronin (masterless samurai or freelancer), wandering the television wastes without meaning, regular pay, or health benefits.
Usually, this was a exquisitely functional relationship. Of course, my fortune rose fell along with L’s as he fought for power against Clan G, the Protectorate of W, and His Royal Doofus, Lord K. This was in the period before the rise of the Gray Eminence of The Desk, Lady MM, and the destruction of the feudal system and all it’s lords and their vassals.
Yes, you may well ask the purpose of this digression into the politics of Television. Rest assured that it was central to the ineffable Awfulness of The Last Word. Originally, the Sun God –whose red and shiny visage had brought Light and Heat (and Ratings), had assigned L to produce a program to follow Nightline. High Protector W rose in wrath and strode to the Head Office and demanded that the glory of a new program was rightfully his. His petition was heard by the Sun King. It was a bit odd how well L bowed to the inevitable and handed over the reins of Executive Production to the usurper.
(Jeez, I can’t write like this much longer. Hang in there.)
So The Last Word was given to W who immediately realized why it had come to him so easily. It was a dog.
W instantly took on a new tactic: wandering the halls of 47 West with his eyes on the sky. If asked about The Last Word, he would usually respond with a vague, “Huh?” and then quickly change the subject to how well Barbara Walters was looking today. I believe his plan was to be so distant from the program that he could successfully pass it off as the product of another corporate division and, possibly, another network.
The end result was that this small program was graced with 4 Senior Producers (two appointed by L and two by W), a Director who was also a Senior Producer (which meant that he wouldn’t listen to any of the others, one anchor in New York (a correspondent who had be recovered from Woodstock after 5 days despite desperate efforts by his staff to ensure he stayed there–even if it meant extending the concert) and one anchor in Chicago (who came with his own Senior Producer and an adamant determination to do nothing except his daytime program with different colors on the set).
It would have worked out much better if the Senior Producers had followed the time-hallowed CBS method of “Sharks in the Tank” and destroyed each other in true Highlander fashion. At the point when There Was Only One, the show might have had a central focus. It would have been enough if you could have described it as anything but “The 30 Minutes that Follows Nightline.” Sadly, the Seniors (all of whom were best friends of mine) were insufficiently vicious and agreed to take turns–producing one program a week. A typical week under this arrangement went like this:
That Good Old Aspie X Factor Strikes Again
[Terry: Yes, but if it wasn’t for Asperger’s, we wouldn’t have any watchable television–Broadchurch, Homeland, Elementary, BBC’s Sherlock, House, etc. ]
- Aspie Attachments (insidethemindofanaspie.wordpress.com)
- Dispelling Asperger stereotypes: Aspies and technology (autisticaplanet.wordpress.com)
- Mikes Pondering – Aspies talk differently (mikespondering.wordpress.com)
- The gift that is diagnosis (signpostsblog.wordpress.com)
- Re: Thoughts On Assange And Asperger’s by Gary Lord ( Jaraparilla ) (wikileaks-forum.com)
- Aspie plus One (lifeintheaspielane.wordpress.com)
- Loosing Myself in an Aspie World (all4ryan.wordpress.com)
- Exams and my Aspie (rpebenito.wordpress.com)
(In case there is anyone who might read this who doesn’t know, I began my career in TV as a motorcycle courier and my first novel is titled, oddly enough, “Courier” (Exhibit A Books, May 2014)
Hey Terry,I’m doing a film that starts shooting in September. One scene has a motorcycle courier in it. It’s a speaking role. Just one line. Question is do you still have any of your gear, helmet / clothing. Any desire on your part to be a movie star???lemme know! I’ll give you more details.MikeGeographically Desirable Movie“Nicole’s Future is Waiting. She Just Has To Wake Up.”
Nicole’s Future Is Waiting…
She Just Needs To Wake Up.
In Production Now
Send Inquiries To;
Sadly, I had to respond honestly.
However, my daughters stole and wore out my leather jacket years ago and the motorcycle helmet might be in storage. Most importantly I’m twice the man I was when I was a courier–literally. Old and fat.
So much for Dreams of Celluloid Glory.
10 Pictures That Will Make You Believe Happily Ever after Exists
Posted on July 16, 2013 by happsters
Do you believe that love can last forever? These photos depict older couples who are completely in love, happy as can be and still having tons of fun!
1. Strolling around
2. Making each other laugh
3. Combining hammocks and kisses
4. Holding hands
Watch the first piece at least. It’s Ten Things You Should Never Do on Television News.
- Television News (Can Someone Explain This?) My response on Quora (getmerewrite.me)
- Four Emmys Irving Returns! A PR Release… (nickwale.org)
What Bothers Me About Soap Operas
Monday, July 1, 2013
- 1: existing in a natural state and unaltered by cooking or processing
- 2 archaic : unripe, immature
- 3: marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity
- 4: rough or inexpert in plan or execution
- 5: lacking a covering, glossing, or concealing element : obvious
- 6: tabulated without being broken down into classes
There’s nothing more unsettling than watching your mother, father, sister, grandmother and grandfather clustered around the television, all watching the same soap opera. I don’t know what disturbs me the most: one, that of all things possible, this is what brought the family together, two, regret that they choose to spend their leisure time and sometimes their un-leisure time as well so utterly unproductively on a regular basis, or third, that we as a people fall pray to the networks’ crude play on emotions so easily every time. The same formula of heartbreak, tears and gossip, and it works like a charm.
Ti-Oops, gotta go – he’s about to catch her cheating on him!
Zen of Northampton
Posted on May 30, 2013 by A Cup of Tia
The other night we went to one of my favorite little towns, Northampton.
It’s one of my favorite places to walk around and shuffle through the eclectic shops.
They have a great rooftop with tons of seating, perfect for sunny days like these.
After we plumped around a bit more we started getting hungry again and ready for the main meal.
No, of course nachos weren’t enough.
We headed over to Zen of Northampton, a pan-asian cuisine restaurant.
Much More at Zen of Northampton | A Caffeinated Brunette.
- Welcome to a new friend: a cup of Tia | A Caffeinated Brunette (getmerewrite.me)
18th Birthday Prayers
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Jeremiah Walton
The dry anniversary
of my birth.
Happy birthday kid
no college notions
Stare at the ceiling
because when you pray
your whispers are caught
pounding the roof
you spot a crack
and pray harder
Posted in TV by patriciagay
When Walder Frey licks his lips, watch out Catelyn.
“A sword needs a sheath and a wedding needs a bedding.”
Or is that a wedding needs a beheading?
I am so glad I have not read George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Fire and Ice, the basis for HBO’s Game of Thrones. If I had, I would have known what was going to happen in last night’s episode, The Rains of Castamere. As an “unsullied,” for me, the shock and horror that unfolded was totally unexpected, so it was TV at its best!
[Terry: I haven’t seen this episode yet so YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN]
EnginEffect is a site about cinema. Its purpose is to inform readers about the latest industry news, also giving advice on what to go see at the movies through the reviews / video-reviews. Also, in the future, as the site is still in beta, we will also have video-sections with a regular basis schedule, if possible. The project, however, would be much more: in fact the aim is a platform for information in various fields (music, video games, TV, sports, etc.).
This is an extract from a German docuseries called Too Young To Die, which episode was probably dedicated to Heath Ledger. In this clip, we see Ledger’s father showing Heath’s diary about Joker’s plan: he was collecting all the things could inspire him for the role, and personal notes; most of the material was collected before …
After Machete, movie based on a fake trailer made for Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez returns to tell the story of the kick-ass old mexican played by Danny Trejo. This time, with Trejo, there will be Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez (who both return from the previous chapter), Sofia Vergara, Mel Gibson, Vanessa Hudgens, Amber Heard, Alexa Vega, …
Okok, I didn’t have so much to write about right now, so I came up with this idea to write about my guilty pleasure. For those who don’t know what a guilty pleasure is, it’s something horrible or stupid or whatever that you really shouldn’t like, but somehow you do it the same. Here’s mine: …
Honestly, who was thinking that this was gonna be just a stupid and ignorant action flick? A lot of people, and probably me too. But, somehow, I was hoping this product to be fully action packed, cause it’s Timur Bekmambetov directing, fast paced and incredibly funny. My expectations never been satisfied so much. Produced by …
I just realised that, with the upcoming release in theatres of Catching Fire this November, there isn’t any sort of review of one of last year’s most anticipated movies: The Hunger Games. So, I have to write about this interesting and mediatic product. First of all: I’ve never read the novel, and I don’t think …
In the last years, since 2000 when Bryan Singer’s X-Men hit the theatres, the majors produced a lot of comic book adaptations. There are very much, but the most interesting ones, or, better, the ones that intrigue us the most, are the ones based on not mainstream characters: just think about Scott Pilgrim, Blade (which …
I’ve seen this movie yesterday night on my iPad. I know, it’s not the way a movie should be watched, but I couldn’t fall asleep (too much thinking, stress, and any other sh*t could pass through your head ). I’ve always interested in this film, as long as stars Bradley Cooper (which I think is …
As you know if you read the page “About”, EnginEffect isn’t just a site, but also a indipentent movie production. Obviously, we’re not talking about full lenght future, at this time we’re programming to shoot some short films. Here you can find a list of titles produced, in production or pre production.
Title: Falling Down
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Length: TBA, the script is composed by 10 page
Producers: Luca Ripamonti, Giovanni Mirabella
Writer: Luca Ripamonti
Director: Luca Ripamonti
Release Date: 2012
Plot: A cop and his ex-partner have the last face off to decide what to do with the killer that ruined their lives. They will have to choose between vengeance and justice. But justice, in this world, maybe can’t be the answer…
Falling Down is Luca Ripamonti’s first project as a writer and director. The goal of the film will be the comprehension of certain actions in a certain situation, but without justifying them. Clearly, the main topic will be the difference between justice and revenge. The director, during the writing, has been influenced from some movies like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, F. Gary Grey’s Law Abiding Citizen and Kenneth Branagh’s Sleuth. The movie is set to be shooted in the second half of October, with a release date before the end of the year. The short will be filmed in Italian, but the first release will be with English subtitles.
Falling Down will be available at our YouTube Channel and in download in here at our site.
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As he aged, Nelson Mandela turned his principal foundation into a Center of Memory, not only to share the achievements of his phenomenal life but also to keep the story of the South African freedom struggle alive for new generations. Many, in just 20 years, had forgotten, or never learned about its sacrifices.
through decades of tumultuous change and traveled to some 70 countries, I have developed my own reporting style and framework for analysis that informs my writing
helped liberate that country. I helped organize unions and rent strikes. I marched in many protests in New York and Washington. I taught in freedom schools and reported on demonstrations. I wrote for and then edited a high school newspaper and college magazine. In my twenties, I began traveling the world witnessing South African apartheid in its darkest days and then the protests that rocked London, Berlin, and Paris in the late 60’s. I came back to America to pursue a career in journalism ending up as a News Dissector and the “News Dissector” at rock and roll radio, local TV news, talk programs, CNN, ABC News and later my own production company, Globalvision, where my colleagues and I made TV series and many documentaries. In my case, six were with Nelson Mandela.
I have dipped my fingers in many oceans, traveled up the Yangtze and down the Ho Chi Minh trail. I organized rent strikes in Harlem and taught at a civil rights Freedom School in Mississippi. I have been underground in the secret war against apartheid and over ground up on the mountaintop with the economic elite in Davos, Switzerland. I traveled with the Dalai Lama, marched with Martin Luther King, rallied with SDS, dined with Malcolm X, met Jean-Paul Sartre, connected with Fela, Amilcar Cabral, Oliver Tambo, and Samora Machel in Africa. Visited the home of Patrice Lumumba in Kinshasa, and more recently, ran with Occupy Wall Street on, where else, Wall Street. I also met Yasser Arafat, Le Duc Tho, and later, yuck, HenryKissinger and Spiro T. Agnew.
I yippied with Abbie Hoffman, helped produce the all-star Sun City anti- apartheid album with Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Miles Davis et al. Profiled Tina Turner and Bob Dylan, did one of the first national TV reports on hip-hop, visited John and Yoko at home, shook hands with Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and Tip O’Neil, and had lunch
with George Soros. I have been more fulfilled by what I have been able to produce, than by connecting briefly with the “good and the great.” I have been to many political conferences, media conferences and TV award ceremonies. I have been to China and many Chinatowns. Sometimes I felt like Woody Allen’s Zelig.
[ Terry: For once, I’d have to agree with the FBI, Danny is a teddy bear. An exceptionally impassioned teddy bear devoted to individual freedom and the value of knowledge. But still a teddy bear. If you read my Post My Long Night With Hunter Thompson, Danny was one of my friends who made up the impossible band of 4 Senior Producer who tried to steer The Worst Show on Television in 4 different directions (sort of an editorial Amistad). On the other hand, he’s one of the people in television that make you feel like you haven’t gone anywhere no matter how many places you’ve been.
Danny’s book is available for a free download at coldtype.net
and I strongly recommend it — even if you don’t agree with his politics.
Or better yet, especially if you don’t agree with his politics.]
- The News That Isn’t: How We Are Fed False Stories Driven By Missing Information by Danny Schechter (zcommunications.org)
- The “Rot” Rots On: What’s Rotten Not In Denmark But Here by Danny Schechter (zcommunications.org)
- Does Making Films Help Make Change? by Danny Schechter (zcommunications.org)
- Debating Global Media – in Kazakhstan (theepochtimes.com)
- A ‘man without bitterness,’ the secret to Nelson Mandela’s character (cbc.ca)
Chapter 216: Friends Make Everything Better
07 Tuesday May 2013
Do you ever have days where you feel like bursting out into tears? Like nothing you say or do is right, that you’re a failure and you’ll never be successful? Earlier today, I was having one of those days, and I didn’t think it’d get better. But then I went to dinner with a group of my friends, and I found myself smiling and laughing with them, my bad mood immediately disappearing. It was so amazing, because minutes before I was in tears, and then I was joking and chatting away like nothing had happened.
And then I realized, while everyone has bad days, sometimes they get better when you’re around people you care about. Even if it’s a simple “hello”, or a long talk, friends make a lot of the bad things go away. Friends keep you from sinking, they make all of your fears and sorrows go away with a few words, a joke, or a hug. And friends can come in all shapes and sizes, from places far away, or close by. It doesn’t matter how many friends you have, one is enough. If you have one person you can go and talk to, or share a smile with, it’s enough to make any bad mood disappear.
So, what do you like to do with your friends? Personally, I enjoy going on walks, playing games, watching movies, or just hanging out! Also, if you ever feel like you need a friend to talk to, I’m always here with a smile and an open ear. Just message me, and I’ll be there, I pinky promise 🙂
I hope you all have a great week!