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How to get a job writing for a TV show

what's the trajectory of someone who wants to eventually write for a comedy/drama or even a kid's show? Is there an entry-level equivalent for that kind of thing? What skills are necessary besides screenwriting experience?
posted by ennuisperminute on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Have writers ever changed television series based on fan discussions?

Have writers ever changed television series based on fan discussions or feedback? I have a memory that this happened with Lost, but I can't find the specific article. I may even have read it in a book. Any other suggestions? Links to articles/interviews would be helpful.
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 16, 2014 - 25 answers

Regional dialects and vernaculars in fiction and television?

I'm curious as to how writers of fiction or television (specifically writers who are not from the depicted region or culture or economic class themselves) of shows like The Wire or Deadwood or The Sopranos, are able to write a wide range of dialects, vernaculars and idioms so successfully.* [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Sep 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Wrote TV Spec Script, Now What?

So, I finished the first draft of a TV spec script this week. I checked to see if the show even looks at spec scripts (it does) and I got a bunch of scripts off the show to study the style and length, etc. Now what?* The only writing gigs I've gotten before have either been people coming to me, self-publishing, or people with their own agents bringing me in as part of a package deal. My only experience with the slush pile is cartoon selling (and I've done well there in so far as you can). I don't have representation of my own. After the writing part of writing is done, how does the selling part go - at least for US TV? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision?

Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision? I'm specifically thinking about television writing but other fields would apply... [more inside]
posted by Ringo on Jul 24, 2008 - 26 answers

On the meaning of "off" on the page.

Please explain a few bits of television script convention to me. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jul 23, 2008 - 8 answers

You're Drunk!

I'm on a writing binge! What are the best upcoming teleplay and screenplay contests?
posted by dkleinst on Feb 14, 2008 - 3 answers

How do they make them shows on the teevee?

How are serial television dramas, like "Deadwood," written? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Jan 31, 2008 - 15 answers

Long-Distance Brainstorming

Help me orchestrate long-distance brainstorming sessions for writing a TV series, at little or no cost. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Pitching a TV show?

I have an idea for a television show. What are the guidelines for a treatment/pilot? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Feb 17, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I pitch ideas to a TV producer?

Pitching to TV: I'm a writer and used to pitching ideas for magazines (mostly print) and then writing the story, sending the invoice, and getting paid. I have a great opportunity to pitch ideas for a TV show (on public television). The show is already in production and has money for next season lined up. Has anyone transitioned from print to TV? How do I charge money for this? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Sep 5, 2006 - 4 answers

When an actor dies, does their character live on?

How have different tv shows or movie franchises dealt with the death of actors between episodes/seasons/films? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Apr 17, 2006 - 53 answers

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