Category: Jane Espenson

Televisionary Interviews Jane Espenson about Character Deaths

Recent developments in “House” and “Desperate Housewives” are mentioned… even looking at the page can be spoilery if you’re not caught up on current seasons. Also spoilers for Lost, The Sopranos, BSG and Buffy in the article. Additional deaths in comments.

Here’s some non-spoilery highlights:

From Jane: Usually we talk about “earning” a plot development as big as a character death. As a writer, you try to make the death feel surprising, but, in retrospect, unavoidable or logical or necessary.

From Others: “For me, it’s not that I’m against killing off characters; I’m against killing off characters as a promotional strategy,” continued our forthright studio executive. “It seems that so many series these days use character deaths as a way to pick up viewers or bring back old viewers. I would prefer that network showrunners concentrate on making the best show they can instead of picking which character will die during sweeps. I’ve seen so many commercials and read so many magazine articles that tout the death of a character before it’s going to happen.”

Click here to read the interview

Let’s Just Call it the Whedonverse Streamy Awards

The first annual Streamy (not steamy Joss) was a star-studded event with a level of professionalism not seen for web series in the past. Whedon fans who have been following the success of Dr. Horrible won’t be surprised that it seems that main stream is starting to understand the value and importance of the web industry. To hear more of my thoughts about that check out the post I did on Social Media World.

Whedon fans will be happy to know not only did Felicia Day, Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Neil Patrick Harris and Jane Espenson make off with awards, they also hit a huge nerve with the rest of their peers. My favorite was Blake Calhoun, who won best directing for a dramatic series for his show Pink, who said in his acceptance speech, “thank goodness The Guild or Dr. Horrible wasn’t in this category.” And John Stern, who accepted best guest star for Paul Rudd called the Streamys, “the first Dr. Horrible Awards.”

Maurissa, Joss, NPH, Felicia and Jane Espenson the big winners at the Streamys (photos by released under Creative Commons).

So what did our Whedonverse Alumns (and Joss) win?

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Dr. Horrible, The Guild and Jane Espenson Nominated at the Streamy Awards

The 1st Annual Streamy Awards, honoring the best in web television from 2008, announced the nominees for their award show. Dr. Horrible and the Guild have both picked up nominations. Dr. Horrible seems to have picked up a nominations in every category that’s applicable. Also, Jane Espenson is nominated for writing the webseries, Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy.

Voting for best web series, a people’s choice award, opens March 16th.

For a complete list of the nominees click here.