How do they make them shows on the teevee?
January 31, 2008 7:39 PM Subscribe
How are serial television dramas
, like "Deadwood," written?
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to know about the mechanics behind television shows that run for several seasons, and have involving, complicated plots and complex characters. The kinds you kind of have to watch from the beginning to really enjoy or understand what is going on. Other examples I'm thinking of would be "The Sopranos," "Weeds," "The Wire," etc.
Are entire seasons, or even entire series outlined in the very beginning so writers know what each character's arc will be? Does a team of writers write each episode, or is it one writer per episode? In a show like "Deadwood," for instance, how is the stilted, inferring language kept consistent from episode to episode if there are different writers?
Blogs or "HowStuffWorks"-style articles or other references would be great. I've read Jane Espensen's blog.