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The TV Showrunner's Roadmap by Neil Landau

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20Designate an Expertise

All series feature a variety of characters with different personalities and skill-sets. This is done to create conflict, illustrate multiple points of view, and help the audience differentiate characters. This dynamic is probably most prevalent in series involving cops, feds, spies, antihero criminals, doctors, and lawyers.1 Let’s examine these specialists in various genres.

Law Enforcement

In Person of Interest, Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) is a computer genius who invents an incredible surveillance machine that can predict acts of violence. He recruits former CIA field operative John Reese (Jim Caviezel) to help him stop the violent acts before they happen.

Castle works in a similar vein. Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) ...

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