Colony Bay TV

Garrow’s Law

January 25, 2012 by James Riley

We’re very deep into 3rd episode planning and writing, so the blog gets sent to the high meadow for summer grazing.   I did discover a little 18th century television you might like while you’re waiting for more Courage.  It’s called Garrow’s Law and it tells the “true story [of] William Garrow, who acted as […]

Production Update — Episode #3

January 19, 2012 by James Riley

We put out the word on pre-production for our first episode 3 meeting yesterday, and the Hawk’s Head Tavern was nearly full of the Colony Bay crew, anxious to weigh in on the next episode, “A Snake in the Garden.” I don’t believe in writing by committee, but one of the most gratifying things about […]

Stories that Civilize

January 17, 2012 by James Riley

Stories are potentially dangerous, at least the wrong ones. A lot of parents lament profanity, sex, and violence in modern entertainment, but those, as I’ve lamented recently, are all found even in the Bible — in a context that explains their place.  How do you tell the story of Jesus without cutting off the centurion’s […]

Between Comedy and Horror

January 10, 2012 by James Riley

Careful out there in the middle.. I remember enough about mathematics and physics to know that you can be solving for both sides of a complicated equation only to find yourself, miserably, winding down to the painfully obvious.  You see it a few steps before the eraser reveals it on paper: a=a. I’m not sure if […]

HBO’s John Adams

January 9, 2012 by James Riley

I’ve been re-watching HBO’s John Adams, along with the “making of” bonus material, and while it is true enough that I would be happy with just their wig budget, let alone their green screen and CGI budget, I can’t help but comment about the choices they made in their interpretation of the facts. (This is […]

I’ll Buy it or I’ll Rent it — Someday

January 6, 2012 by James Riley

There’s a “metric” out there I wish I knew but can’t seem to find on Google, perhaps because television production companies keep it a secret, but I guess I would call it the “delayed admission” revenue arc of a show. For example, the first season of the Andy Griffith Show, shot in 1960, can be […]

2012 Production

December 31, 2011 by James Riley

The year 2012, for me, if all goes well, will be something like the year 1771 for Silas Rhodes and his trusty band of freedom fighters.   For those of you who know how cranky and dismissive I am about most modern media, I guess I have a surprising admission to make:  there’s a lot […]

Slow it Down There, Mate

December 26, 2011 by James Riley

A Quick Look at “America, the Story of Us” During that strange break in the Christmas season when you pretty much know that no one is returning phone calls, or email, and everyone has reconciled themselves to picking black olives out of the appetizer trays and coasting their way towards the celebration, we fired up “America, […]

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2011 by James Riley

The other night we tooled around Riverside’s Mission Inn for a dose of Christmas lights and Christmas Crowd and Christmas feasting.   Fortunately, the new Air Jordan was not on sale anywhere nearby, so we had a relatively safe evening.    I say “relatively safe,” because there’s something about shepherding 25-30 people (friends and friends’ […]

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