screenwriting

Does Every Kids’ Movie Character Really Need a Tragic Backstory?

Even Dr. Dolittle has a dead wife now — surely there must be another way to give characters emotional depth?

How TV Comedy’s Funniest Characters Got Their Names

Screenwriters on ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Arrested Development’ and many other comedies share the stories behind instant classics like Frink, Smithers and Bob Loblaw