The point of a spec is to prove you understand the essence of another writer's show and its world. A good spec uses the relationship fodder of the show, but can be a bit "timeless," existing outside the show's actual timeline.
Los Angeles is full of thousands upon thousands of aspiring screenwriters desperate to prove they're talented, creative, and interesting any way they can … including via their business cards.
Your job is to determine your show's over-arching architecture and be able to articulate it, both in a verbal pitch and in the design of your pilot. The good news is, there is no shortage of good model structures on the air as we speak.
Enter the land of Scriptchat, where unicorns frolic, writing deals are made, and tequila pours from fountains. Okay, maybe there aren’t any unicorns...