FEAR THE WALKING DEAD:

CREATING MEANINGFUL ANTAGONISTS

At the tail end of last year, Fear the Walking Dead made it into my Top Ten Shows of 2017 - a perhaps surprising choice for a series that began so terribly. Yet a sprinkling of new cast members, the most sprawling but claustrophobic location yet, a peppering of fresh...

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD:

CREATING MEANINGFUL ANTAGONISTS

At the tail end of last year, Fear the Walking Dead made it into my Top Ten Shows of 2017 - a perhaps surprising choice for a series that began so terribly. A sprinkling of new cast members, the most sprawling yet claustrophobic location yet, a peppering of fresh...

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DIG IN, WACO SETS UP ITS STALL:

IT TAKES A HELL OF A STORYTELLER…

The problem with historical dramas like Paramount Network’s Waco is you already know what’s going to happen – The Titanic will surely sink taking sprout-faced Leonardo DiCaprio with it and Apollo 13’s astronauts will, malheureusement, survive. Therefore, it is vital to find an intriguing aspect of the story that hasn’t been told before. 

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DAMNATION SEASON 1:

SHOWS EXACTLY HOW TO BUILD YOUR TV WORLD

After the pilot episode aired in November, I laid out my hopes that Damnation would be the spiritual successor to Deadwood. Though its execution didn’t live up to the promise of the pilot, Tony Tost’s tale of a preacher and his strikebreaker brother remains a blueprint for any budding writers on how to set out your characters and themes.

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