bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

THE GLERBS!

January 9th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

While these beautiful people did not necessarily win the golden prize:

Fun was, in fact, had by all, writers included. We got to gussy up:

And stumble around the giant mall slash famous people prom,

In a beautiful evening that Morrison Keddie, love of my life for his honesty and instantaneous handsomeness, described as ’85% annoying.’

Posted in DRESSES!!!!!!!!!!!!, I write for television?, I write for television?, LA angst, MAWWAGE., YAY, a lot, famous people stuff, ha, i am lucky, life, love | No Comments »

No Tomorrow

January 5th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

There’s a delightful new show on the CW, No Tomorrow, which is NOT, as its poster MIGHT suggest, about a girl who considers cannibalism, but instead about a risk-averse young woman, prone to living her life safely (I perhaps relate,)  whose world is turned upside down when she falls  for a bearded Brit who thinks the world is going to end in 8 months when an asteroid slams into the earth. And so, he teaches her to live life more fully. It’s charming and winning and hilarious, and I repeat, NOT ABOUT A GIRL WHO WANTS TO EAT A BOY’S FACE. SERIOUSLY SOMEONE IN MARKETING AT CW NEEDS TO NOT BE FIRED PER SE BUT DEFINITELY PERHAPS A STERN TALKING TO.

Posted in I write for television?, generally, ha, hmmmmm, i am scared, life, women | No Comments »

COMPLETELY OKAY

November 23rd, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Sterling K. Brown on This is Us, or: the only time it’s been COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDABLE AND OKAY for an actor to post a picture of themselves sobbing after watching their own performance:

Really though, watch the Thanksgiving episode. HE SLAYS.

Posted in I write for television?, a lot, famous people stuff, generally, i am lucky | No Comments »

This is My Episode

November 1st, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

My first episode of This is Us airs tonight! I just love writing for this show, so much. It’s the first TV job where I really feel like I can be my full writer self, a little heartfelt, a little cheeky, little strange. I can’t tell you much about what happens in tonight’s episode, but I WILL say that characters will say things, feel things, make decisions, make jokes, sit in cars, put on clothes, and eat cheese. GUYS, ALL OF THE SIGNATURE BRUNSTETTER TOUCHES ARE ALL UP IN THIS EPISODE.

Posted in I write for television?, a lot, horn tooting, i am a grown up, i am lucky | No Comments »

THERE WILL BE SNOT

August 4th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Press is starting to drop for the new show I’ve been writing for, This is Us! I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it here yet, because whether or not I’m eating cheese this week and whether or not Unicorn dresses surely takes precedence over career announcements.  I won’t spoil it much, but let’s say that if NBC’s gift to viewers at the screening of the pilot, these personalized packs of tissues,  are any indication:

THE SHOW WILL BE WEEKLY BURROWING INTO YOUR HEART AND PRESSING ON YOUR TEAR BUTTON.

Posted in I write for television?, YAY, a lot, famous people stuff, fancy, i am lucky, working | No Comments »

INT. BRAIN

July 7th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

My creative thoughts always feel slightly disconnected from earth.  I try and bring them down, make them real, but I can’t really gather them.  I try and touch them but they’re made of bounce or whimsy or cartoon. There is a candy film between myself and Them. I can only conclude that thoughts are a bunch of multi-colored helium balloons,  colorful and filled with air and tied to a chair at a kid’s birthday party. They will wilt by morning. They will not fit in the trash.

Posted in I write for television?, hmmmmm, how interesting, i am a grown up, the writing of drama plays | No Comments »

End of an era.

April 24th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I bid a bittersweet farewell to the Switched at Birth writers, cast and crew last night. After 103 FREAKING EPISODES, it is being sent off to that great big vault of excellent shows in the sky, where shows go to take naps and reminisce and, as my theory of heaven goes, dine on waffle sundaes and unlimited peel and eat shrimp. Practically everyone who’s ever worked on the show turned out to celebrate what we made. I’m still new to TV,  but I get the sense that it’s rare to work on a show with so much love and camaraderie. The fact that it gave a lot of people their first chance at their dream I think lodged it in a special place in a whole lot of hearts.  Lizzy and Paul gave lovely speeches about how surely we’ll all work together again, and so it’s not really the end.  By which I of course mean, of Gils Marini’s abs.

IT WILL NEVER BE THE END.

Posted in I write for television?, YAY, a lot, famous people stuff, i am lucky, the future, what my friends are doing | No Comments »

Wonderful people.

March 16th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

ABC Family, or Freeform as they are now calling themselves, announced a few days back that this season of Switched at Birth, Season 5, will be the last. The blunt / tough / biz way to put this is, of course, is, SHOW CANCELLED. But really, it’s sort of a beautiful end of an era. The show is coming to an end, yes, but not before it reached 103 episodes, which is a rare accomplishment for a show, especially one featuring deaf and hard of hearing characters. I MEAN. I moved on from Switched months ago, but the more time that passes, the more I realize how unbelievably special the whole experience was. I don’t think I will ever work with better people, or in a more loving environment. I just might spend the rest of my career chasing or trying to recreate it. Maybe I will even try and recreate myself with my own show. Lizzy says it feels like college graduation,  and I couldn’t agree more. The whole thing did feel like college. There was learning. There were snacks. There are now lifelong friends. There was a regular walk up and down a moderately sloped hill. There was pride. There was comradery. And I very much already can’t wait for the reunion.

Posted in I write for television?, i am lucky, mes amis | No Comments »

WE CAST A SHADOW

February 9th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER

(For those just tuning in, the main character’s name in American Gods is Shadow, and so PUNS FOR DAYS. Yesterday we got to meet our Shadow, Ricky Wittle! HE’S THE BEST WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW MUCH HE BROUGHT US ALL WINE.)

Posted in I write for television?, a lot, famous people stuff | No Comments »

and I quote

January 29th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

When you’re a adapting a book for TV / film, I think for a while you forget about the book, just for a moment, to create a larger world. And then you remember it, return to it. American Gods is stuffed full of brilliant musings about belief and what it is to be a human in the world. My new favorites:

‘The paradigms were shifting. He could feel it. The old world, a world of infinite vastness and illimitable resources and future, was being confronted by something else — a wed of energy, of opinions, of gulfs. People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe. And then they will not take responsibility for their beliefs; they configure things, and do not trust the conjurations. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe: and it is that belief, that rock -solid belief, that makes things happen.’

And:

‘There are stories that are true, in which each individual’s tale is unique and tragic, and the worst of the tragedy is that we have heard it before, and we cannot allow ourselves to feel it too deeply. We build a shell around it like an oyster dealing with a painful particle of grit, coating with smooth pearl layers in order to cope. This is how we walk and talk and function, day in, day out, immune to others’ pain and loss. If it were to touch us it would cripple us or make saints of us; but, for the most part, it does not touch us. Want allow it to. No man, proclaimed Donne, is an Island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each others’ tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature, and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. There was a human being who was born, lived, and then, by some means or another, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience.’

Posted in I write for television?, a lot, i am lucky, the whole world | No Comments »

« Previous Entries Next Entries »