GLOW Season 1 – What the critics are saying about it!

GLOW96% critics love the show!

Critics Consensus: With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly.

Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, an unemployed actress hopes to find stardom by portraying a female wrestler.
Genre: Comedy
Network: Netflix
Premiere Date: Jun 23, 2017

 

Netflix’s wrestling drama GLOW is funny, poignant, and wonderfully acted, but what makes it really interesting is how aware it is of its own contradictions.

June 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Glow is smartly written and the kind of character-driven TV that not only reflects our own messy lives but also those of the people we know, even if we’re not bouncing around a ring.

June 27, 2017 | Full Review…

To call it a feel-good hit would be a bit reductive and presumptive, but “GLOW” deserves all the love and respect thrust upon it. Sit back, turn it up, and enjoy.

June 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This new interpretation of GLOW… is packed with an excellent ensemble cast… sharp commentary on gender and racial stereotypes, and an awesomely ’80s soundtrack. It’s also just plain fun.

June 23, 2017 | Full Review…

One of the best things about GLOW is the sheer Eighties-ness of it all — it’s a sensory explosion of synth-heavy tunes, neon lights, high-cut leotards, hairspray… and even a robot which dispenses cocaine.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

GLOW fully owns its campiness and its showy aesthetics, but it’s smart and subversive underneath the glitter.

June 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE – What the critics are saying about the TV show!!

All those detractors who accused it of “race-baiting” only proves why a series like this is so relevant and necessary. But Dear White People is not arrogant or deranged enough to think it’s got the answers. It’s simply asking the questions.

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…

mart, engaging new show, with exceptional cast, that gets better episode by episode – always a good sign.

May 4, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dear White People is a pop culture-savvy, sometimes explicit, always entertaining look at that process. It’s the perfect series for young people negotiating a world where struggles over identity grow more complex every day.

April 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Dear White People does its job by furthering a vital discussion with interesting characters.

May 1, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The show is beautifully character-driven, weaving through romantic and platonic and unrequited relationships, while also highlighting those aforementioned multitudes of blackness.

May 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Yet despite all the right-on sloganising, there’s lively playing from an unfamiliar cast who create some intriguing characters, and the series may well prove worth pursuing.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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TV SPEC Reading of BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis” by Matthew J Gonzalez

Winning Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis”
Written by Matthew J Gonzalez

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LINDA – Daniel Chung
LOUISE – Tea Nguyen
TINA/GENE – David Occhipinti
BOB – John Fray
DEBBY – Georgia Grant
KID – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

With a new roller coaster coming to the wharf (the monstrapolis) Louise becomes enamored with it and wants to ride it, even though she’s too short. Luckily though, after Tina asks Bob for a raise and gets denied, Louise manages to get Tina a paying job at the wharf.


Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay of the show about?

The spec is based on one of my favorite television shows, Bob’s Burgers. The episode is called “Monstrapolis.” Tina wants to prove her maturity to her family and accepts a job at Wonder Wharf, where the new thrill roller coaster, Monstrapolis, has just opened, but Louise seizes the opportunity to use her sister’s new employment to make Wonder Wharf her personal playground. This all comes to an unexpected climax when Louise manipulates her sister to allow her onto Monstrapolis, which gets stuck in the middle of the ride. Bob and Linda are forced to rely on Gene to pick up the slack Tina, and Louise, left behind.

Why does this episode spec fit into the context of the series?

The characters are true to their voices and the humor fits perfectly in one of their seasons. The jokes are specific to their characters (ex. Gene’s buffoonery and Louise’s ability to manipulate Tina). The show ends on a familiar note of their strength as a family.

Tina proves herself as a worker and gets everyone, on the ride, to work together to get off Monstrapolis. In true Bob’s Burger fashion, Tina’s plan doesn’t work, but it shows her maturity through out the episode. Louise sees the error of her ways and apologizes for taken advantage of Tina, even admiring her strength when others doubted her.

The episode also features some of the series regulars, and favorites, like Mr. Fischoeder and Teddy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hilarious and fun.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Besides Bob’s Burger, It’s a toss up between Rick and Morty and The Office, both different comedies, but strong and rich with flavor and style.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working about three months on this spec. It took me a few weeks to get the first draft written, and then I set it down for a bit. I did a couple of rewrites a few days later.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have one featured screenplay, two pilots, three spec scripts, and about ten short screenplays that I plan to shoot in the future.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“California Dreamin’” by Bobby Womack. Such a smooth song with a nice rhythm. It’s one of those songs you can play and lose yourself within the song. I don’t constantly listen to it, but it’s probably the only song I never skipped on my playlist.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting the humor right. I love the show and the characters, but making the humor believable within the world of Bob’s Burgers was a fun challenge. This is the reason I love writing comedies. It’s not just that Tina says “Uhhhh” or Bob’s moments of desperation whenever the kids do something wrong. The humor is deeply rooted in the series and some jokes are brilliantly layered that viewers may not see it until a second viewing, I argue to rewatch the episode “The Belchies” to see what I’m referring too. Again, I wouldn’t call it difficult, but it definitely took a great amount studying scripts and episodes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a filmmaker. I love getting my hands on a camera, getting actors together, and creating movie magic. The whole process is intriguing to me, from shooting to editing. The creative process doesn’t stop at the script. To this date I have shot four short films, in which I wrote, edited, and directed.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I believed in my episode “Monstrapolis.” It was funny and it felt authentic to the series, plus I had a blast working on it. I wanted to see if my spec had a chance, and graciously, the fine people at the Festival for Comedy thought so.

The reception was great. Obviously hearing positive feedback is always a joy, but the criticism was key to me. This is what makes me into a better writer. I definitely absorbed the information and applied it, not only to any further rewrites of “Monstrapolis,” but in all of my works.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It’s cliché to say keep writing, but believe in you and always looks at everything subject in different angles. If you’re writing something original, then show the viewers a different side of a subject. We are in the golden age of television and many people actually want to hear what others have to say. Use this medium and further extend your divergent voice. I write comedies, because the world can pretty dark. It could use a laugh once and awhile

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

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2016 TV Screenplay Winners

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ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Feldman
ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson

ACTORFAN FICTION Spec – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Eugene Ramos
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sarah Cassell
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Kimmy is a VIP
October 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Miller

ACTORWEBSERIES Screenplay: TREVOR AND EVOR
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – RICK & MORTY “The Rickgotiator”
August 2016 Reading
Written by David Cryan

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DIGITAL NATIVES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian

ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff

 

 

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

TV PILOT – THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MIDLIFE CRISIS by Erica Barfield Peterson

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MIDLIFE CRISIS TV Pilot
Written by Erica Peterson
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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
MARK – Ucal Shillingford
LEATHERFACE – Noah Casey
JANICE/ALEXIS – Angela Cavallin
MADISON/CHRISSY – Dana Thody
PHARMACIST – Sean Ballantyne
BETT – Chris Reid Geisler

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

On his 40th birthday, Leatherface has decided it’s time to “find his truth,” so he reaches out to the one person who can help him… his only victim that got away.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) turning 40 and realizing the life he’s been living may not be the life he wants. Maybe he doesn’t want to hack people to death. Maybe he doesn’t want to eat people at every meal. Maybe he loves candle making but will never know until he goes on a journey to find his truth, and the only way he knows how to do that is with the aid of his one victim who got away – Mark. Mark survived, lived to tell the tale and even wrote a book about how he learned to live his truth because of what he went through. It’s an Odd Couple story in which both Mark and Leatherface realize how much they can truly help each other find their truths.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I think it makes a great buddy comedy. You have two people trying to figure out how they want to live their lives and can only do so with the help of the other. One being a semi-successful self-help author and the other is a murderous psychopath. Each episode the two characters can have new goals of things they either will or won’t want as a part of their new lives. Leatherface has never dated before, never driven — basically never done much other than kill people, so there’s definitely an engine for plenty of stories. Mark is scared of life and wants to learn how to live it to the fullest which is also a great engine for many stories. I think it’s something we’ve never seen before in terms of pairing comedy and horror in the odd couple sense for a TV series.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Delightfully Psycho.

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Arrested Development is by far my favorite. That and anything that profiles serial killers.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this particular pilot for three months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 10 specs and 7 pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m obsessed with the genre blend of horror and comedy. I had just seen “What We Do In The Shadows” and was like, “That’s what I want to do!” I kind of knew that all along because my favorite movie is “Young Frankenstein,” and I adore “Shaun of the Dead” but it just clicked that day, and I knew I had found my niche. I’m also so fascinated by Leatherface because we never hear him speak and I always wondered — would his life be different if he was taken in by a more “normal” family. Does he ever want to tell his mama to shove off cause he just wants to listen to music or kiss a girl? — so I wanted to explore the question of what would he be like if he came to that realization himself.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None, really. This was one of those times where I loved every moment of writing this because it’s something I am passionate about so it made it fun. I couldn’t wait to finish to get feedback and make it better and better.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to dance (was a semi-professional football cheerleader — will not tell you the team name because there are embarrassing photos out there), animals, fighting for the rights of others, making people laugh, sleep and donuts (GOD I LOVE DONUTS).

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to see what people thought of my script. Sometimes you give your writing to people and worry that they’re just being nice because they know you — with this — you didn’t have to be nice, and you were wonderful! The feedback was great and encouraging. Now I just gotta get those rights from Tobe Hooper!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Just keep writing and always write. Write what you’re passionate about – not what you think other people want to read. Read scripts – lots of them. Nail down structure and story — if you can get those two things done well then the rest is a piece of cake. Also, forget doubting yourself. You’re not here to please anyone but yourself. If you’re writing to make money and wouldn’t write if you couldn’t make money — maybe you shouldn’t be a writer. And always be willing to take feedback — especially if you get the same note from several people. The goal is to get better and not think that you are already the best.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Winning COMEDY TV PILOT Screenplay – EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND, by Larry Hankin

October 2016 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay.

EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND TV Pilot
Written by Larry Hankin
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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EMMETT – Hugh Ritchie
RUSTY – Cass Van Wyck
MRS. B – Becky Shrimpton
CARMELA – Jane Smythe
OFFICER BUDD – Paul Whitaker
OFFICER LEW – Percy Alexander Harris
EDDIE/ROBBIE – Benjamin Camenzuli

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Adventure, Comedy

A Crime Comedy: A Homeless Gentleman in Venice, CA, sets out to help a friend accused of stealing a diamond ring, only to become the prime suspect in the theft.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV series about?

It’s about how it’s possible to build your dream with just what you got inside and what’s available outside, but emotions and other people don’t work like that.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

3 reasons: A. Because it’s got a particular voice not out there. “Emmett”, the central character, is eccentric, homeless, and believes he’d make a great detective: a combination which allows him to use his eccentric “Illogic” and guilelessness to screw-up the “Logic” and Injustices of The Powerful, The Greedy, The Dishonest, and The Bullies that dare prey on the people who live in Emmett’s neighborhood: The Boardwalk, Beach, Alleyways, and Canals of Venice, California.

B. Basically, the hero – Emmett Sagittarius Deemus – sees himself, not as “a homeless window washer”, but as, “A Homeless Detective” – a Contributor to his Community. His enemies are Chance, Bad People, and Logic: a unique viewpoint for a TV show. “Sanford & Son” gave A Sly Old Junkman a voice. I think it’s time to give A Homeless Detective A Voice.

C. The “Columbo-type” detective structure (“Who dunit?” or “How did they do it?”) is needed for the particular solving-a-puzzle-or-crime narrative because you need time to get the audience involved in wondering “Who” or “How” along with Emmett. Plus: Columbo looked like he could have been homeless. Emmett just takes it there.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Very Funny.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Screenplay (Teleplay) – 3 months. The character,”Emmett Sagittarius Deemus”, that the screenplay’s about: eight years.

How many stories have you written?

Around 30 – from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. All about Emmett.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to understand the problems and gifts of the longer form narrative. The main gift was, I was able go more deeply into Emmett and what makes him tick.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Anything that stops me from getting it done- finito, typo’s and all; finding the time; making the time, protecting the time once I found it, and showing up regularly & constantly at the keyboard till it’s really ready. There’s no way around “Grit”.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making films from the things I write with friends and others of like mind. Being outside riding my bike and not typing.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Simple synchronicity. I’d just finished it and wanted feedback. I gave it to a friend who read it and liked it and the same day I got an email saying you had a contest that gave feedback – so I entered. When it came, I got the sense the reader “got” the story. And I agreed with the feedback and notes. I thought making the changes would make it better. Easier to read. More direct. Cut two characters. I made the changes and it made it better. Cool.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

What I’ve been told seems to work: Read good screenplays in your genre or field. Write until you find your voice. Copy till it you get original. Be original. Writing a good, solid, finished screenplay is hard but finding an agent might be harder.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

Winning TV PILOT Screenplay – THE VISA by Conrad Haynes

Watch the October 2016 Winning TV PILOT Comedy Screenplay.

THE VISA TV Pilot
Written by Conrad Haynes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Animated Comedy

A goofball prince and a determined refugee team up to steal coveted travel visas out of their Kingdom and into New America.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Erynn Brook
LEA – Viktoria Napoleonova
KHAN – Michael Lake
STEPHAN – Martin Huss
PRINCE – Brogan Caulfield
QUEEN – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV series about?

Khan realizes being in line for the throne totally sucks, so he tries to escape to New America with his friend Lea, but first they’ll need a visa.

OR

A goofball prince and his best friend team up to steal coveted visas out of their kingdom and into New America!

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

The Visa creates an engaging, original world that feels unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, the characters have a charming and hilarious friendship, and the story lays foundation for an interesting and enticing adventure.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unlikely Friendship

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

I am addicted to Mr. Robot, Archer, and BoJack Horseman!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Too long haha.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written several short films and a few comedy pilots.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The Visa, at its inception, was written to be a reflection of my life experiences. I take elements from the racial climate in America, my relationship with ornery family members and bizarre friends, my obsession over pop culture, films, and irrelevant ‘macguffins’. They all influenced me in the creations of these engaging characters and fish out of water storyline. Also, I’m a huge animation fan!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle I faced was finding the right balance between world building and character development. As the pilot takes place in a futuristic world with sea monsters, cellphones, and wizards, it wasn’t always the best to just drop the audience in mid-story. I had to work to build the characters and world first, and then let the story take over.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I have a passion for working at the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling! I act and I’m actually producing my first short film this month about ‘anxiety’ entitled HeadSpace.

I also really enjoy traveling and meeting new people, hearing their stories. I’m working to visit every state in America within the next year!

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I entered this festival because I love comedy and really enjoyed the idea of having my script performed by actors. Hearing my words come alive on screen definitely beats me creating terrible voices for all of the characters haha.

The initial feedback I received was extremely helpful in sharpening my scenes. The notes from this festival helped me to tighten my script and strengthen my ‘unique’ humor.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write what makes you laugh. Chances are, it will make others laugh too.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson