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Writing for Visual Media, 4th Edition by Anthony Friedmann

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Chapter 10Television Series, Sitcoms, and Soaps

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  • beat sheet
  • double take
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) language codes
  • 4:3 academy ratio
  • HDTV 16:9
  • hook
  • laugh line
  • master scene script
  • miniseries
  • one-liners
  • pace
  • putdown
  • running gag
  • scene heading
  • scene outline
  • serials
  • series bible
  • series editor
  • setup
  • sitcom
  • slug line
  • soaps
  • “spec” script
  • teaser
  • trailers
  • visual gags

Television devours programming. Think of the number of channels! Think of the need for new ideas! Think of the need for writers to write episodes of long-running series that reappear season after season! Although ...

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