how to write for TV

Writers’ Room 101: Don’t Get Married

So there’s this thing that happens to just about every TV writer at some point: we fall in love and get married. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, trust me. It will. There’s no getting around it. In fact, especially early in your writing career, it’ll probably happen more than...

Writers’ Room 101: The Introduction

Welcome to Writers’ Room 101! This is the first in what I hope will be a long series of blog posts that aims to be both informative and interesting. But before I formally kick off this column, I thought it might be useful to explain just what it’s all about…and what...

Long Live Walter White (and ‘Breaking Bad’)

By Tom Benedek  Long live Walter White. And this guy will live forever – on DVD, cable, broadcast TV, any screen near you. The miracle of a compelling TV series, Breaking Bad, hit a bulls-eye after sailing toward its ultimate target for 5 seasons, 62 episodes. But the show wasn’t just...

Monday Morning Editor Picks: TV Writing Products

As someone who lives with only one movie theatre nearby, I’ve enjoyed discovering great TV dramas to keep me entertained. With the winter around the corner, I’m filling up my DVR with ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men’ reruns. But instead of just watching TV, why not try to write a show?...

Beat Sheets and Act Structure for Television Drama

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! As the tales of Don Draper, Walter White and Dexter Morgan come to an end and screenwriters everywhere struggle to create the next great TV protagonist, I have only one question. Where are all of the “beat sheets” and structure “paradigms”...

Monday Morning Editor’s Picks: Tools for TV Writing

While I am predominantly focused on writing feature films, I have indeed had experience in TV writing on a show that was in development in the UK… that never got picked up. But during that process, I got to work with incredible people all over the world and wrote an episode of the...

TV Writing: What’s Wrong with ‘Arrested Development’?

For fans of the original Arrested Development, this weekend was one of the most anticipated TV events in history.  The return, after 8 years, of a show commonly thought of as the funniest sitcom in TV history. So why did so many people end up cutting their long awaited Arrested Development marathon...