TV After Dark: 2013 Show Creator/Writer We’d Add To Our Time Capsule

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The Brains of The Operation – TV Creators & Writers TV After Dark Would Gladly Keep Forever

The mark of a good show is not solely found with its cast and concept (though it’d be incomplete without them both). A show is reflected largely on and by its creator, as well as the team of writers who bring the series to life. Their ideas are what make – or alternatively break – a show. In 2013, there were some incredible episodes generated by the minds behind the scenes. Evoking passion, mystery, suspense (and the occasional heart-attack), our TV After Dark team hand-picked their favorite TV creators and writers of 2013 – those we’d tuck in our time capsule to preserve and showcase their work for future generations. Check out our list below!


“His Day of the Doctor script was just so exquisitely wonderful and accomplished.” ~ Erin Brown

Steven Moffat Doctor Who

Hard to go past Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat really for this one. His “Day of the Doctor script” was just so exquisitely wonderful, and it accomplished so much in the way it honoured everybody – fans, actors, directors, prop guys: you name it – that has ever contributed to the show.


“His stellar work on Luther, an entirely single-authored piece that was all the more brilliant.” ~ Graham Eveleigh

Neil Cross Luther

British crime writer Neil Cross deserves inclusion in the time capsule this year – mostly for his stellar work on Luther, an entirely single-authored piece that was all the more brilliant because of it, but also because of his two excellent Doctor Who adventures. “The Rings of Akhaten” (Season 7 Part 2, episode 7) may not have been a favourite with most critics, and the climax didn’t bare much scrutiny, but it was rousing and ambitious and bright, with the amazing Jenna Coleman at the heart of it. His second story to be broadcast, “Hide” (episode 9), was even better – a good old-fashioned ghost story in a haunted house which subverted all expectations. With some incredible prose fiction under his belt and a Luther film in the pipeline too, Cross is a name now (rightly) associated with great storytelling.


“An amazing ability to write about complex themes like death, and somehow make them poignant and thoughtful.” ~ Connie Allen

Bryan Fuller hannibal

“I am who I have always been; the scales have fallen away from my eyes. I can see you now.” ~ Will Graham, Hannibal

When I heard that Bryan Fuller was behind the NBC’s new series Hannibal I was thrilled. Fuller has an amazing ability to write about complex themes like death, and somehow make them poignant and thoughtful.  His previous works on Heroes and Dead Like Me show his scope for imagination, but “Hannibal” shows Fuller knows how to tell a dark story and drama; it also shows he does not fear re-telling the story of one of the most iconic villains in film history: Hannibal Lecter.  It just reminds me how Fuller can pretty much write for any genre of television with a sense of humor that always makes me laugh – whether it’s an angst-ridden grim reaper, a girl who gets messages from God through inanimate objects, or a serial who has a deadly appetite.


“I find their work delightfully creative.” ~ Alexandra Chambers

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Once Upon a Time

The Writing/Creative team that I would put into the time capsule is that of Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the minds behind the Once Upon a Time collection. I find their work delightfully creative; they mix together fairytales that we know and love with new ideas that they come up with themselves to create worlds that their audiences love getting lost in.  In 2013 I have been watching Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and I love how they have taken the world of Wonderland and thrown in a bit of Aladdin and even Robin Hood but rather than just using these elements they have created a few of their own. I would have to check the Lewis Carroll stories just to make sure, but they have added new places like the Boro Grove, invented a literal clothes horse and crafted a complicated love story. They excited my imagination and really engaged me at every turn.  Sure, there are some things that aren’t the best about the show, but to watch and enjoy fantasy you have to suspend reality and just let your imagination fill in the gaps.  That’s why I like the story so much, your imagination is guided by the storyline but not ruled by it.


“Appeals to all ages and shows a glimpse into the life of firefighters; depicting real-life drama.” ~ Stephanie Flasher

Dick Wolf Chicago Fire and Chicago PD

A writer/creator I’d add to my 2013 time capsule would be Dick Wolf. He has had tremendous success with his Law & Order franchise with SUV now being in it’s 15th season and the nominee and recipient of numerous awards. He is also the man behind NBC’s firefighter-centered drama, Chicago Fire. Now in its second season, Chicago Fire appeals to all ages and shows a glimpse into the life of firefighters; depicting real-life drama and problems while keeping an element of family and brotherhood within the house. Dick Wolf also has an upcoming spin-off of Chicago Fire titled Chicago PD focusing on a police department in Chicago. I cannot wait to check that out in 2014. Dick Wolf is definitely worth keeping around. He makes some great TV.


“A woman worthy of bowing your head in reverence to of how masterfully she’s able to tell a story.” ~ Romancia

Shonda Rhimes Scandal

Is there an award for Queen of Television? If not this needs to be rectified and Scandal‘s Shonda Rhimes needs to be anointed and placed upon the throne. Rhimes is a woman worthy of bowing your head in reverence to of how masterfully she’s able to tell a story. Her story-telling is far more than simply riveting, exciting and shocking. She’s helped build an empire with characters that have been begging to be on television despite the Hollywood norm. In a world that shows more of a divide than we like, a Shonda story is unity; it’s acceptance in spite of disagreement, it’s a queendom where different classes, ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations (to name a few) join together in their love for television to tell great stories in one place, and for that entire hour are united. Many writers like Spartacus’ Steven D McKnight, Vikings‘ Michael Hirst might do this but there aren’t many writers who make you want to fall to your knees in reverence and respect. If you can see yourself in her characters, or you’ve allowed yourself to delve in the fantasy world she creates, then that’s why she’s the writer/creator. Shonda Rhimes is Queen!


“I have to recognise their talent – clearly they’re a force to be reckoned with and a team who deserve ample opportunities to expound their writing skills.” ~ Jayne Balke

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“If we turned every man you dropped your knickers for then human beings would cease to exist and we’d have no bloody food.” ~ Klaus, The Originals

Undoubtedly, television is overflowing with brilliant writers (many who make me green with envy over their raw talent). To pick just one seems cruel, and I decided the only way to choose was to build from my favorite episode of The CW’s new spin-off series The Originals – namely, “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree.” Penned by Diane Ademu-John and Charlie Charbonneau, the episode exploded with emotion; it signified a turning point for the rookie series whereby it finally became a series of its own, separated by its overshadowing parent The Vampire Diaries. Diane is the writer in particular who I want to focus on, as she scripted my other favorite episode “House of the Rising Son” – an episode I found literally no fault with. For the second episode of a new series, that’s practically unheard of. For this reason I have to recognise her talent (and Charlie’s!) – clearly they’re both a force to be reckoned with and a team who deserve ample opportunities to expound their writing skills. And what better place to do that than the devilishly addictive series that is The Originals?