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Write to TV, 2nd Edition by Martie Cook

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FINDING AN ORIGINAL PREMISE

 

“‘TV is where screenwriters go to write their novels.’ And in cable, there’s actually less censorship in what you can allow characters to be. You can create shades of complexity over a 12 episode arc, over a period of seasons, that is so rich and compelling.” — Oscar nominee and Emmy nominee Richard LaGravenese, Behind the Candelabra, The Fisher King

NETWORKS LONG FOR LONGEVITY (OR AT LEAST A BIG HIT)

Make no mistake about it. Networks would love to find a show that will stick around as long as The Simpsons. They’d love to find the next Law & Order: SVU. In other words, they want something they can put on the air that will stay on the air for a good many years to come. They want a show that will ...

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