The Futon Critic reports that NBC/Universal is launching a digital/high-def cable channel called Sleuth that will air "classic" Universal detective shows and movies 24 hours a day. We’re talking shows like COLUMBO, BANACEK, KNIGHTRIDER, IT TAKES A THIEF, HEC RAMSEY, DRAGNET, ADAM-12, McMILLAN AND WIFE, NAME OF THE GAME, MIAMI VICE and GRIFF, to name a few. The channel will launch in January on the Time Warner cable system.
There is a terrific interview with my Uncle Burl Barer, author of the Edgar award winning THE COMPLETE SAINT and THE SAINT novelization, over on Wesley Britton’s site. The interview is about — what else? — THE SAINT and my Uncle’s long-time involvement with Simon Templar, the Robin Hood of Modern Crime.
I got this email today:
I was hoping you could answer a few really quick questions about mid-season
replacements for me…
How do the networks regard these shows? Are they
second string that didn’t make the first cut? Or pinch hitters that the network
has been waiting to air? If the latter, why do they hold onto them until
mid-season? What is the strategy behind this?
The fact is, most shows fail. The networks go into the fall season
knowing that it’s very likely that virtually all their new series will not
survive. They need replacements to immediately fill the slots vacated by
low-performing shows that they are forced to cancel. That doesn’t mean
mid-season shows are lesser, second string programming… but, in some cases,
they are riskier/specialized/quirky fare that need special promotional and
scheduling attention that isn’t possible while launching & advertising an
entire fall schedule. Remember, many hit shows began as midseason programs…
SEINFELD and GREY’S ANATOMY, for example.
I got this email today:
Lee, 11-2-05I have a ‘must’ write book for you of my life.I am going through CONSTANT TERRORISM with the following:Burglary of my home, office, apartment, storage units.ID theft of my personal identity, business- hostile take over.I think I know the people doing this.I have had to move approximately 10 times this year due to stalking, theft
and invasion of home while I was locked in a bathroom for 2-3 hours.My office has been like a revolving door for these thieves where they have
made my medical business their own office. They have taken over the patient
accounts, ID"s, prepared records for billing, forged Dr’s signatures by using a
stamp, bank embezzlement, entered into contracts with vendors using my
signature, opened up a bank account using my forged signature without
authorization, credit card fraud, inventory theft and personal item
theft, stolen my web business, followed me and now attempting to enter my
friend’s home( where I have been sleeping at night for the last couple of
weeks). My former employees would not drink or eat anything left in my office
due to possible poisoning. They have also constantly been in and out of my car
looking for things. Last night they left in a cup holder a 357 magnum bullet
for me to find.I am very serious about all of this. The police have done nothing. I am
in fear of my life.Hopefully, if you are interested you can write a book to show how
vulnerable we are. Maybe this will help someone else.I am not trying to be dramatic but I hope I will be around for a while.
Let me know if you wish to talk.Every form of communication is compromised including my living space.E mail from someone else’s computer is my only secure way of communication
at this point.
Within minutes of receiving that message, I got this follow-up:
I need money and that is why I need this book
written besides trying to help someone else.
I am very sincere. This is urgent. If you
can’t or find you are not interested, please give me another name to
If you have ever lived in Virginia Beach since you
were in the Navy, you know the incompetent police we have here. They are living
in the 19th century rather than the 21st. They have not realized that high tech
crime in here to stay.
I am a test victim for the theives that I am having to
deal with now. I am not sure why I was picked other than a 100 percent female
owned web medical business and a Durable Medical Equipment Medical business
with no family here. Also, I was a millionaire last year and now trying to
figure out how to pay my bills now.The people that have targeted me are professionals. I believe the woman of the team was trained. She was a Russian mail order bride.
Why do people like this write to me? And what make her think I was in the Navy? If you would like to write a book on this woman’s life, let me know and I will be glad to pass along her email address.
My sister Linda, co-author of the upcoming book VISUAL CHRONICLES, tells me that the new Neil Diamond CD is now available free on-line for your entirely legal listening pleasure.
So how do you make a fourteen year old write better fan fiction? More important,
according to a fourteen year old acquaintance, how do you make your fourteen
year olds write better m/m slash?
Sex and intimacy, important components of slash and good slash. Another
component is fan fiction, m/m slash culture. The last component, and possibly
the most important one, is putting all of that stuff together.
all this is not a simple thing. Remember, this age group isn’t always the most
receptive to valuing feedback in certain forms, isn’t necessarily writing to
learn about writing to become better writers. They write for fun, like feedback,
can and do use it to become better writers.
But hot damned, how do you teach a person to write in character? How do you
teach your teenage m/m slash fan to write in character in the context of a story
involving two guys going at it? There are two options that come immediately to
Sex and intimacy. Ouch and wow. My fourteen year old Good Charlotte slash
writing buddy’s answer to teaching her teen friends on how to write better
slash? Pop them all in front of a television, watch a little gay porn and they
should be set. My reaction to that as a twenty-five year old not interested in
gay porn was horror. There is this double edged sword here. Younger writers can
teach their own, to a certain degree, about the sexually explicit material and
how to write it using those examples. Adults teaching a fourteen year old how to
write erotic or pornographic sex scenes featuring two guys, citing pornography
and adult material, this might be a bit of an ethical nightmare and legal
The next thing to do is create general rec
lists of stories featuring m/m sex scenes. To cover your butt legally,
make sure the story ratings and contents are spelled out and don’t
explicitly label your rec list as “Read these teenage writers! Read
them and behold the writing of good m/m slashy sex scenes that will
make you wet! Yeah!” Try for something a bit more subdued and less
obvious. You get good examples out there and no one needs to be the
wiser that you have ulterior motives of teaching the teeny fangirls how
to become better m/m slash writers.
If it wasn’t for the good people at Fanthropology, imagine all the poor kids who wouldn’t have a clue how to write convincing fanfic sex scenes for Kirk and Spock, Harry and Ron, and Willy Wonka and friends. Thank you, Fanthropology, for this important public service. I’m sure pedophiles everywhere appreciate it.
TVShowsonDVD reports that the DVD boxed set of the first season of SEAQUEST is going to be loaded with deleted scenes…and will be out in December. Can season three, aka SEAQUEST 2032, be far behind?
In other DVD news, on the heels of STRONG MEDICINE’s cancellation comes word that the first season boxed set is coming to stores on January 10. Perhaps this means that MISSING, aka 1-800-MISSING, will come to DVD some day soon. If people will spend $50 for STRONG MEDICINE, hell, they’ll buy anything.
And more details are emerging about the upcoming GUNSMOKE boxed sets, which are going to be packed with extras.