Introducing Adopt A Writer   

I’m happy that the AMPTP and WGA are finally talking again. I’m hopeful that the AMPTP/DGA deal will give them sound foundation on which to build. In the midst of CBS, the CW, and FOX cutting their pilot orders and NBC declaring an end to pilot season altogether, how great would it be if the end of the Strike was in sight? My fingers are crossed. But the strike’s not over yet and that’s why I want to take a moment to introduce you to a new project several TV bloggers have put together.

Adopt A Writer, adoptawriter.wordpress.comThe mainstream media likes to use the most successful well known, and therefore typically the most financially well off, writers as examples of your typical WGA member. Giving the public the impression that this strike is a case of greed, the rich wanting to get richer. The truth is that the average writer won’t ever make as much as your Carlton Cuses, Joss Whedons, and Ron Moores. But if someone like me, who actually makes a conscious effort to pay attention to who writes episodes I like, rarely knows all the names on any show’s writing staff year to year, how would you? So, we decided maybe it was time to introduce everyone to some of the lesser-known WGA members and put a face on the majority of the writers involved in this strike.

Each of the several participating TV blogs will Adopt A Writer and by interviewing them about topics from how they got their job(s) to what it’s like to be on strike we hope to illustrate how the average writer is much more like the average viewer than the AMPTP would have you believe.

We’re still in the beginning stages of the project, busy recruiting writers and matching them to blogs, but over the next few weeks the interviews will be popping up on these “foster” blogs: BuzzSugar, The CineManiac, Daemon’s TV, Ducky Does TV, Give Me My Remote, Glowy Box, I am a TV Junkie, The Media Pundit, Pass the Remote, Ramblings of a TV Whore, Tapeworthy, Televisionary, TiFaux, Tube Talk, The TV Addict, and TV Series Finale.

You can also check the Adopt A Writer central blog at any time to see a full list of writers adopted. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the interviews and getting to know the people behind your favorite shows!

PS: If any writers happen to be reading this and are willing to be “adopted,” please drop us a note at adoptawriter@gmail.com!

6 Responses to “Introducing Adopt A Writer”

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    afrocurl says:

    What a great idea, Rae. I see that Spads has already started off the project well.

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    Mary says:

    This is an excellent idea. How wonderful!!! If non-tv blogs can particpiate, please let me know. I’d love to do this on my Mary Winter blog. :)

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    Rae says:

    Thanks, Roz! I can’t take credit for it. I do want to start doing “Behind the Scenes” Profiles here on RTVW but the idea to focus on writers and tell their stories came from the collective group of blogs. And, yes, Spads first interview is great! She rocks.

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    Rae says:

    Thanks, Mary :)

    Right now we’re sticking to TV blogs (and really only the initial list we’ve got). Once we see how it goes and the kind of response we get from writers and readers alike, we may open it up. I’ll let you know if we do!

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    fantastic idea, and i look forward to reading the fruits of it