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The TV Showrunner's Roadmap by Neil Landau

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18Establish the Mythology

All series contain some inherent mythology. At a minimum, this will include the backstories for each main character—which may or may not be completely true. As this book is all about scripted television series, all characters and plotlines are fictional. And fiction is always open to interpretation. In other words, every character has his/her own agenda and perspective on past events. “If memory serves…” is about as reliable as it gets, even for the most honest among us. Other characters present the version of themselves they’d like others to see versus the full truth. Watching a TV series is interactive in that viewers tune in to discover and learn more about what makes these people tick on the inside, and how ongoing ...

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