Let me just explain a thing here. If you are a TeeVee writer, then you have gotten the pilot scripts from your agent. Writers who are going to meet on these new pilots have to read them now because the meetings have started.
(so people tell me anyway)
So that means most of the scripts are out in the wild. I say MOST, because some of the super-secret pilots haven't been released yet. Some are being kept under wraps for Reasons that, frankly, shouldn't concern anyone. Because it's nobody's business. If the pilot is particularly high profile, then this makes sense. The last thing you want is some ass goblin spreading bad word-of-mouth about your pilot. I don't know if you've noticed this, gentle readers, but it's not an easy thing to overcome negative feedback, especially if it's just some stupid rumor from an idiot who constantly jumps the gun. Rob Bricken is the guy who said that Beware the Batman was going to suck even though he had just seen the poster. And then, of course, all of his eager little evil minions spread his completely uninformed opinion like it was a fat-free yet still delicious chocolate hazelnut spread.
Where am I going with this? Well, Rob Bricken has opened his fat keyboard again, this time for the Gotham pilot. Along with The Flash, this is probably the most high-profile of all of the pilots. Gotham is for Fox, and what we ACTUALLY KNOW is that it features a young Jim Gordon and assorted Gotham City villains. There is potentially, probably, rumored to be a very young Bruce Wayne, too. And the rampant speculation about this show has involved the squeals of the Internet going, "NO CHILD BRUCE WAYNE! DEAR GOD PLEASE NO NOT THAT!" Or words to that effect, because Batman fans are nothing if not completely bugfuck insane. So vicious Rob knows that all he has to do is light one match and the fans are flamed.
So Rob Bricken got his tentacles on a "draft" of the Gotham pilot. In his own oily words:
We obtained what appears to be a draft of the first episode, although it could be fake or a very early draft. If the script is for real, then Gotham has some potential — but it also may have much bigger issues than Batman being 12 years old.
(In this "article," he quotes dialogue and gets very specific with characters and plot, so don't read it if you don't want to be spoiled. Actually, don't read it at all. He doesn't deserve the hits)
Setting aside the fact that they illegally "obtained" some "draft" of a pilot that even the agencies don't have, this jackass doesn't even know what draft he has, which must absolutely THRILL writer Bruno Heller, the studio and the network! How fun, to have some guy already saying your show is going to suck WHEN HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT DRAFT HE'S READING. But hey, that's how this dude operates. He couldn't care less about journalistic integrity. He doesn't know from checking sources. I mean, all he does is RUMOR-MONGER EVERY GODDAM DAY. He makes a LIVING, I'm assuming, by doing this, by being the first guy to call bullshit on something before he's seen a frame of it, or before he's even read the right draft.
He DOES throw Heller a bone:
The script was written by Bruno Heller, co-creator of The Mentalist and writer of many episodes of HBO's Rome series, so he has some chops.
So there you go, Bruno Heller. One of the most loathsome creatures on the Internet approves of your prior work. How that must make your heart sing.
Reading pilot scripts is indicative of only one thing -- THE PILOT SCRIPT. Unless you've been involved in this process at least to a small degree, you really cannot comprehend anything about how it works. You don't know the outline process. The writing process. THE FUCKING NOTES PROCESS, which is the biggest part of it all.
But then how can you be outraged if you understand how something works? This guy doesn't care. He just wants his followers to gleefully shit on something along with him. Does he think this is actually NEWSWORTHY? I mean, does he? I don't know. Is he that guy who knows that he's loathed but doesn't care? If so, he's truly, truly dangerous. Because there is nothing more damaging to this delicate process than a troll with a paycheck. I like a lot of the columnists at io9. I think several of them ARE careful and aware of the fact that they are writing something that appears in public, FOR ANYONE TO SEE. The science writers do a terrific job. But then there's THIS guy. I mean, what the fuck, io9? Do you just not even CARE? Is your goal to piss off the studios and networks and creative people, or do you want a dialogue with them?
I have never wanted to burn a guy in a Wicker Man more than this dude. Seriously. Someone please stop him.