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Writing the TV Drama Series 3rd Edition: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV Paperback – 20 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 3rd Revised edition edition (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615930582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615930586
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Great for a newbie as it had very real examples and created scenarios that were easy to understand!

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I love it its perfect
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I would recommend this product only for those who have vague ideas or know nothing about the industry and writing technique. It could be interested for 1 year students or for those, who wants to try to the profession from other fields.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Thanks 25 April 2017
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Really basic instruction and more of a CV at times. There are quite a few discouraging remarks, basically telling the reader that not only do they have to live in LA to be successful but also have to work specifically in TV if they want to get a script made. Story Maps: TV Drama, by Daniel Calvisi, was more constructive and informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book is too basic and has no depth. Good only for novice writers with no knowledge of TV writing. 30 April 2015
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Buy this book only if you're a complete novice when it comes to TV writing. It seems that many of the great reviews of the books are by her former students at USC. I went to USC film school too, but I never took her class so I don't feel an obligation to give this book five stars. So why I think the book isn't that special? Because it just spouts out a bunch of facts such as how are acts broken up in a typical TV script, what is the timeline networks use to order pilots, and other facts, that you can easily look up and are constantly changing. A good book gives you unique insight and a deep understanding of the topic that you won't get elsewhere. None of that happens in this book. It's just very basic, nothing you wouldn't figure on your own very quickly. The only interesting part about the book is the chapter where she follows a few of her students through the first ten years (I think ten years) of their careers as writers in Hollywood.

In my opinion, a good book on TV writing is Writing the Pilot by William Rabkin. That book has the kind of insight I was looking for. It's a thin book, but I felt that I learned something after reading it. It wasn't just a bunch of facts. It was wise opinions of someone intelligent who spent sometime working on TV shows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to start, but could be more relevant 14 April 2017
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Super helpful for a screenwriter getting into the TV form. I love that it includes and dissects example scripts. It helps support the chapter, and also lets me get to know the nuances about how differently film scripts are written than TV. It talks about comedy and drama, and is helpful in both. That said, both seem a bit outdated - TV is shifting to be more serial than before, and this is continuing emphasize the unchangingness of series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential 11 Feb. 2015
By Bob Justman - Published on Amazon.com
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Almost as good as taking a class with her. I'm using this as reference reading during my TV Writing MFA program, and it's VERY helpful. Explains act structure, story lines. building conflict, writing climax, continuing action, and character development within the 4-act and 5-act structure. I refer to it regularly. Highly recommended for those serious about pursuing a career as a television writer.
3.0 out of 5 stars No real advise for script writing. 5 April 2017
By Ivett Sandoval Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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I am kind of dissapointed because I thought it would give some advise on how to write series. It talks more about the enviorment of the job than actual excercises for writing a procedural or series.
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