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Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV
This new edition builds on the book’s reputation by bringing the very latest information, insights, and advice from major writers and producers. It is a complete resource for anyone who wants to write and produce for a television drama series or create an original series, as well as for teachers in screenwriting classes and workshops. Offering practical industry informatio ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 309 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Michael Wiese Productions
(first published October 1st 2005)
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A nice mix of motivational tool and practical handbook--includes interviews with established TV writers, as well as long excerpts from scripts along with discussions of what's going on, writer-wise, in each excerpt. Douglas clearly knows her stuff and knows how to teach it. Some of the material is outdated (the shift to five-act structure is pretty much here to stay; specs of existing scripts aren't the thing anymore), but it's a worthy read and something to keep you going in the face of possibl ...more
This book is fantastic. It explains all the basics without talking down to the reader, but encouraging one to imagine television at it's best. It is savvy and contemporary with interviews with current writers on tv shows like NYPD Blue, the West Wing, Six Feet Under. I highly reccomend it. There are alot of books out there that claim to teach you about the business and the technical aspects of writing for TV, but this one does that while appealing to your highest artistic sensabilities.
This book was assigned as the course text for both my TV writing classes this semester (one of which is taught by the author), and I can see why! It's an exceptional resource. I'll definitely be revisiting these concepts as I continue to grow as a writer.