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[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted August 31, 2014 (Sunday) @ 5:01pm PDT
"We play with live ammo around here." – Sam

You could make a case for short deadlines, executive meddling, or ad-libbing actors, but for my money, a scriptwriter's biggest enemy is "exposition". Every dramatic plot worth its weight in setup comes equipped with niggling details that the writer must share with the audience so that t... read more

[Blog] Jeremy G., posted August 24, 2014 (Sunday) @ 8:40am PDT
"My parents keep asking how school was. It's like saying, 'How was that drive-by shooting?' You don't care how it was, you're lucky to get out alive." – Angela

Once upon a time, a television show debuted focusing on a teenage girl struggling to make her way through high school. Although she was a commendable student, she en... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted August 17, 2014 (Sunday) @ 7:07pm PDT
"Took two years." – CJ

A quick rewind to remind: Last week, I dipped my spoon in the somewhat controversial pot of liberalism and its portrayal on television, despite the fact that I made a silent pact to myself that I wouldn't be addressing politics directly in my reviews. (My excuse: the episode was begging for it.) Well, that a... read more

[Blog] Jeremy G., posted August 10, 2014 (Sunday) @ 5:38am PDT

Have you ever found yourself having an unpopular opinion about something popular? Perhaps you're the only one in your workplace who doesn't enjoy the coffee the machine serves there. Maybe you're the only person in your dormitory who prefers slow, quiet music over the loud, heavy metal stuff which continues to blare on the radio. It could be you'r... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted August 3, 2014 (Sunday) @ 8:30pm PDT
"Don't call them worthless." – Ainsley

Every once in a while, I get into an argument with a relative or acquaintance of mine about The West Wing, and why they don't like it. The reason I'm most commonly given is not that it's poorly written or acted, but rather, that "it's too liberal." (The majority of my relatives and acq... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted July 27, 2014 (Sunday) @ 7:02pm PDT
"Any time we have the opportunity in the future to screw you, count on getting screwed." – Sarah

In the cold open of "The Midterms", CJ fields advice from several of her fellow staffers while on her way to a press briefing. Josh, Sam, Toby, and Leo all lend their two cents in order to ensure that she avoids any slipups. When she r... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted July 20, 2014 (Sunday) @ 2:48pm PDT
"Sir, not that I don't appreciate you coming down here, but there's a ballroom full of people waiting for a victory speech." – Josh

Two-part episodes are can be tricky to pull off. In crafting one, you're attempting to sustain the drama of a single story over a period twice your normal length. If done well, however, they can be e... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted July 20, 2014 (Sunday) @ 2:47pm PDT
"Tell me this isn't one of the twelve steps." – Jed Bartlet

The primary theme of The West Wing is power, filtered through the bright eyes of idealism. Or is it? Sure, the series is all about the most powerful people in America, and it makes them out to be far more optimistic than any of us would anticipate. But so much of t... read more

[Blog] Jay, posted June 30, 2014 (Monday) @ 12:26pm PDT

In trying to get through season one of American Horror Story, and subsequently feeling I needed to try to review it, I kept beating my head against a particular wall. Do I reward a show for having fun with itself and attempting to be high concept, or punish it for becoming frivolous and failing to deliver on much more than jump scares? Th... read more

[West Wing] Jeremy G., posted June 23, 2014 (Monday) @ 6:39pm PDT

Since the turn of the millennium, several changes have come over the television landscape – changes which become more and more apparent with each passing year. Many critics have in fact taken to dubbing this era as a new "Golden Age" of television, citing deeper characterizations, more intricate storytelling, and mo... read more

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