Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Meet and Greet

Sorry for the lack of posts. My writing partner and I are in LA again til Saturday, doing the whole staffing season thing. Mostly meeting with execs at this point, but hopefully a few showrunners as well. I'll post more on this whole process later, but here are a few excellent links on staffing season:
Javier Grillo-Marxauch's (Lost) comprehensive take on the ins and outs of staffing season.
Part 2 continued here.

Jane Espenson's (Buffy, Gilmore Girls, the OC) outline of staffing season.

Alex Epstein's staffing season summary.

LA Times article titled "It's Staffing Season, Keep Your Rx Handy".

Another blogger's take on what to wear.

In the meantime, I won't be able to post songs for a bit. My bad. But I can leave you with a few pics of our apartment's new puppy. So say hi to Newton (click on pics to enlarge):

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Musical Monday

Some awesome television all-around this week. And our apartment got a new roommate, a pug named Newton. AKA the cutest creature ever. I feel less lame watching endless hours of television, now that I have Newton on the futon next to me. I still feel lame however for watching the Notebook... again... for the 12th time. But I swear to God, I thought I saw Newton cry by the end of the movie.
"Good Day" - Tally Hall (on episode "The Day After Tomorrow" of the OC)
"China" - Chris Holmes (on episode "The Day After Tomorrow" of the OC)
"Fog (Again) - Live" - Radiohead (on episode "The Day After Tomorrow" of the OC)
"That's All I Need" - The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (on episode "The Day After Tomorrow" of the OC)
*song was originally titled "Ellen's Telling Me What I Want To Hear" but was renamed for licensing purposes.
"The Crime" - True Love (on episode "The Day After Tomorrow" of the OC)
*above link takes you to the band's myspace.
"The Secret Show" - Dopo Yume (on episode "The Day After Tomorrow" of the OC)

"Lost Art" - Mere Mortals (on episode "Plan B" of Veronica Mars)
"Sway" - The Perishers (on episode "Plan B" of Veronica Mars)
"Gravity/Falling Down Again" - Alejandro Escovedo (on episode "Plan B" of Veronica Mars)
"If I Were A Storm" - Wild Seeds (on episode "Plan B" of Veronica Mars)
*cannot find anywhere.

"I'll Be Around" - Bobby Bare Jr. (on episode "My Chopped Liver" of Scrubs)
"Koyaanisqatsi" - Philip Glass (on episode "My Chopped Liver" of Scrubs)
*the above link takes you to a hilarious clip from this past week's Scrubs.
"Brick House" - the Commodores (on episode "My Chopped Liver" of Scrubs)
*the above link takes you to a hilarious clip from this past week's Scrubs.
**you can watch the entire episode in three parts: here, here and here.
***these two clips are my favorite moments from this episode:

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The O.C.ecrets Revealed

Okay, so I'm having a pretty awful week all-around. Nonetheless, I wanted to post pics from the OC set before tonight's episode, but please excuse my half-assed commentary.

Anyways, the title's misleading, no big secrets were uncovered. I was surprised though to find that "Marissa's Lifehouse" is actually a set:
(click on the pics to enlarge)

Speaking of Marissa, have you guys read the NY Post article, claiming she's trying to get out of the show for fear of being typecast as a bratty teen? Yeah, she's apparently doing so by showing up late and calling in sick after nights of partying... much like a... wait for it... bratty teen. Har har, moving on, we have the Cohen residence:


The Irishman with the sunburn in these pictures is my writing partner, Pat Walsh. He got this sunburn after sitting in the shade at Coffee Bean for an hour, at 10 am. He blogs too. Anyways, here's the pool area of the Cohen house. As some of you may know from the DVD commentaries (and if you do, you have just as sad of a social life as I do, let's meet up online and play Soduku this Fri night), these are actual, functional pools, but they are only three feet deep. Thus, the actors have to swim around on their knees. [insert sexual 'on their knees' joke here] Also, all the scenic, perfect Californian skies in the background are fake. Just big painted sheets of fabric, with little pieces of tape placed on the ocean to give the illusion of glimmering water. I'm told nothing's authentic in Los Angeles.


Now, my favorite part of the tour: Seth's room. We were told that we could jump on the bed and take pictures if we wanted to. And boy, let me tell you, I wanted to! Alas, my writing partner still has a little something called "dignity" and squashed that idea. I lost my "dignity" in a pool in third grade.


I let Pat go ahead with one of the PAs and I lagged behind so I could snag some of these pictures. Lord knows I would sleep with that cardboard cutout of Summer every night if I could. Move over body pillow, Captain Oats has some company.


Sandy and Kiersten's room. Where no love-making seems to be taking place as of late. And also Sandy's study. Which I think we've only seen once or twice.


And next is the Bait Shop. Some pretty awesome posters.




Here we have Volchok's room. This is a new set of course, and naturally its supposed to reflect its owner: shady, dirty and rife with STDs. You gotta love the picture of his kitchen counter, though. Nothing says badass like a bottle of Vitamin B-12.




And here's Newport Harbor High School. Where kids learn calculus amongst sleeping crew members.


This was my second favorite part of the tour: Summer's room. Notice on her board, there's actually a picture of her ex, Zach. Nice touch. Also like the framed pic of Seth playing guitar.


Marissa's room. Eh.


The Roberts living room. Notice the nice touch of adding cute pics of young Rachel Bilson throughout the house.


This is a new set they are building of a college dorm, which I'm assuming is for the J.J. Philbin-penned episode she mentioned in her interview, where they visit Berkeley.


And lastly, Mr. Schwartz's nameplate. Riveting, I know. But I didn't want to invade his privacy and take pics of his office.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Musical Monday

Some great TV this past week. I haven't caught up on Veronica Mars yet, but man, all my other usual shows were quite entertaining. I'll post pics from the OC set visit tomorrow, so stay tuned and holler back with comments. Here are the tunes:
"Wreck of the Day" - Anna Nalick (on episode "The Name of the Game" of Grey's Anatomy)
"The Fear You Won't Fall" - Joshua Radin (on episode "The Name of the Game" of Grey's Anatomy)
"Girl, You Shout!" - Dressy Bessy (on episode "The Name of the Game" of Grey's Anatomy)

"I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted" - Clearlake (on episode "The Rapes Of Graff" of Veronica Mars)
*sorry, i'd uploaded the wrong song earlier, this is the right one.
"Crank It Out" - Ari Shine (on episode "The Rapes Of Graff" of Veronica Mars)
"I Know I Know I know" - Tegan and Sara (on episode "The Rapes Of Graff" of Veronica Mars)

"Running One" - Tom Tykwer (on episode "My Bright Idea" of Scrubs)
"All of the Words" - Kutless (on episode "My Bright Idea" of Scrubs)
*really rare that a sitcom would use a contemporary christian worship song, but it fit so perfectly
**you can watch the episode in three parts: here, here and here.
***you can also submit a name suggestion for Carla and Turk's baby here, winner gets a character named after him/her in a future episode.

"Faster Kill Pussycat" - Paul Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy (on episode "The Secrets and Lies" of the OC)
"Moscow" - The Surge (on episode "The Secrets and Lies" of the OC)
*the OC site keeps listing the wrong song titles!
"A Night In Vegas" - Victor Malloy (on episode "The Secrets and Lies" of the OC)
"Young Shields" - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (on episode "The Secrets and Lies" of the OC)
"Meredith" - Oceansize (on episode "The Secrets and Lies" of the OC)
"When You're Gone" - Luther Russell (on episode "The Secrets and Lies" of the OC)
*thank you Karen!

*EDIT: Forgot about this song, thanks Diana!
"Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley (on episode "The Name of the Game" of Grey's Anatomy)