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In some alternate universe, the cast of Lorne Michael’s The New Show takes a photo with the Kupelians, three sisters who teach materials science at Columbia University.

Ugh. This is what annoys me about people who complain about Lost. They think writing a TV show is the same process as writing a book. It’s not.

Almost no one knows a general idea of where a TV show is going from the pilot because:

(1) It’s hard enough knowing just what the show is from the pilot. Look at Dollhouse as an example.
(2) You have no idea what characters and relationships will work. Look at Nikki and Paolo as an example.
(3) Almost no pilots get picked up. Why do all that work when you’ll more than likely throw it all away?
(4) If by some miracle of Jesus your pilot gets picked up, you have no idea how long your show is going to last. So if you have one grand plan that lasts a season, what do you do when you have two seasons? What do you do if you have half a season?

And plus, I think the Lost writers did set out with a plan: to make a mystery / adventure show that completely fucked with your mind. And it did. All the way up to the last season

 +10Posted on Sep 19th, 2011 | re: The 2011 Emmy Awards (100 comments)

I wouldn’t be surprised if there _weren’t_ any airtime rules. I think it’s up to the show to submit actors and supporting actors into different characters during nomination time. I remember a few articles about it last year, when it was unclear who was supporting and who was lead on Modern Family.

 +57Posted on Sep 19th, 2011 | re: The 2011 Emmy Awards (100 comments)

 +8Posted on Sep 13th, 2011 | re: Hooters Girls Remember 9/11 (28 comments)

 +2Posted on Sep 13th, 2011 | re: The 10 Best TV Opening Title Sequences (157 comments)

Dr. Feelgood, you have a good central nervous system.

 +7Posted on Sep 13th, 2011 | re: The 10 Best TV Opening Title Sequences (157 comments)

A friend of mine works at a production company who does a lot of title sequences, and she said that the “Citizen Kane” of modern title sequences is Deadwood.

Also, I would imagine that the Mad Men sequence is pretty popular.

 +2Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 | re: This Is Just A Good Press Release (37 comments)

The press release which centers around sentences with missing punctuation and superfluous conjunctions.

 +13Posted on Aug 19th, 2011 | re: Congratulations To Danny DeVito On His Hollywood Star (33 comments)

Anyone else think Night walks into every meeting looking like Dave Chappelle as Prince?

 +17Posted on Jun 4th, 2010 | re: The World Is Filled With Toxic Garbage (32 comments)

What they fail to mention is that toxic cadmium, when ingested, can lead to deliciousness and 30% higher levels of yumosity.

 +30Posted on May 13th, 2010 | re: The Most Surprising Thing About This Video Might Surprise You (68 comments)

That guy must be so steamed.

 +25Posted on May 11th, 2010 | re: Teachers Are Still Charming And Ridiculous Dorks (88 comments)

 +9Posted on May 7th, 2010 | re: Will Ferrell Has More Fun Than We Do (24 comments)

I would watch 90 minutes of Danny McBride pitching to Will Ferrell.

And then maybe afterwards they could go and play baseball.

 +1Posted on Apr 30th, 2010 | re: America, Meet Your New Joke Thief: Nick Madson (75 comments)

Kimbowee: Once you produce a work of art, you _automatically_ have a copyright on it. It’s not like a patent, which you have to file for and defend. Copyright is just that: a right to your art.

Note that this isn’t an ambiguous case, where one comedian wrote a joke that was _like_ another joke. This guy told a joke word-for-word, which is technically plagiarism.

 +12Posted on Apr 30th, 2010 | re: America, Meet Your New Joke Thief: Nick Madson (75 comments)

Sure, but the police would probably catch him immediately.

That assertion was about the guy who made it.

 +11Posted on Apr 15th, 2010 | re: You Can Make It Up: Charlie Sheen And Steven Seagal Go Disguise Shopping (114 comments)

Your sandwich-making skills are intriguing to me, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.