Archive for September 15th, 2011

September 15, 2011

TV Writer Spotlight: The Genres of One-Hour Drama

Chad Gervich, author of  Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business, recently shared his breakdown of what he sees as the four genres of television dramas. He also discusses how these generes can be mixed. Here’s an excerpt:

Procedurals

Procedurals are shows that derive their stories from a specific procedure, such as NCIS, House, or Criminal Minds. Each episode begins with the introduction of a problem, which our main characters must solve using their unique procedure. CSI uses forensics, The Practice used lawyers and the legal system, etc. Procedurals traditionally tell standalone stories — stories that have a complete beginning, middle, and end in each hour.

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September 15, 2011

Quote of the Day: Chuck Mondry

I don’t think you can get around it: good writing’s inspired. Period.