Melissa Jo Peltier's Blog

Melissa Jo Peltier

Melissa Jo Peltier
New York, New York, USA
June 17
Producer/Director/Writer etc.
Wife, stepmom, and 20-plus-year survivor of the L.A. Entertainment Industry. Made a living and won a few awards. Got the hell out of there and moved back home to the East, to New York to marry a Brooklyn Boy. In 2010, completed labor of love feature film with my writer-director husband John Gray. Finally getting down to doing my own writing in my own voice again, after far too many silent years stuffing it down. First novel REALITY BOULEVARD released February 2013 by eBooks, based on my own experiences in the television jungle. Hope you'll read it.

APRIL 10, 2013 2:36PM

Is Reality TV Warping Your Kids?



Like millions out there, you love your Reality TV.  You can’t get enough of your botoxed & siliconed Real Housewives of wherever; of your orange-toned alcoholic New Jerseyans; your lipsticked Honey BooBoo and her dysfunctionallyRead full post »

 A Case Study With A Happy Ending

A few months before my first novel Reality Boulevard was due to be released on eBook, I held my breath and phoned my friend and television mentor, the legendary (Oscar and 16-time Emmy winner) Arnold Shapiro.

“Arnold,” I said, picking nervously/Read full post »

Reality Boulevard, available through www.apostrophebooks.comThe following scene, which takes place in my just-released novel REALITY BOULEVARD  between two 20-something cable network executives and the book's main character, veteran award-wining producer Marty Maltzman, reads like satire:
"Ken steepled his fingers and gazed thoughtfully
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APRIL 24, 2011 1:54PM

The Cruelty of Critics

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

I just read a review of the movie "Henry's Crime" where the critic, predictably, played on the riff that "This movie is criminal!"  

How witty. How terribly creative.

When did it become acceptable for critics to be so

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“When Daddy smells a flower, he doesn’t just smell the flower and move on.  He goes and smells one petal.  Then he smells another petal.  Then the next one, and the next one, and he doesn’t stop smelling until he’s smelled every petal.”

That&rsq… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 7:31PM

My Joe Wilson Fantasy Comeback

Not that I'd pretend to second guess our President, who seems to be able to keep his head above the fray of petty partisanship with grace and dignity most of the time.  

It's just that I wouldn't have been able to remain so polite.

Here's an alternative version of the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2009 11:52AM

I'm Just Not That Into Me*

*(Title graciously loaned me by its creator, the multi-talented writer-comedienne, Jacqueline Kabat

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
Blaise Pascal

I’ve found the above quote in other forms, but this version of it pret… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2009 3:18PM

Escape from MILF Island*


The cliché used to be this:  comfortable family man in his 40’s realizes the finish line is now in sight, dumps faithful but too familiar wife and kids, buys sports car, hair plugs, and runs off with 20-something. How many LIFETIME movies have followed this tired plotline?&Read full post »