Prime Time Authorship: Works about and by Three TV Dramatists

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Designed to inspire the fledgling scriptwriter, this book combines analytical essays on the work of three successful television writers with interviews and complete scripts printed in correct professional format. The writers Marion Hargrove (Maverick, The Waltons), Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething), and Michael Kozoll (Hill Street Blues) are used as examples of professionals who developed a personal voice and a distinctive style while serving as staff writers for existing prime-time television programs. Douglas ...
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Overview

Designed to inspire the fledgling scriptwriter, this book combines analytical essays on the work of three successful television writers with interviews and complete scripts printed in correct professional format. The writers Marion Hargrove (Maverick, The Waltons), Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething), and Michael Kozoll (Hill Street Blues) are used as examples of professionals who developed a personal voice and a distinctive style while serving as staff writers for existing prime-time television programs. Douglas Heil theorizes that students of television scriptwriting need to engage in "close study of exemplary writing," and the three full scripts he offers are useful models of humane and entertaining drama. The book is of value not only to aspiring scriptwriters but also to those readers with a general interest in media history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815628798
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Television Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
A Note on the Three Scripts
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Marion Hargrove
Writing for Maverick and The Waltons: Interview with Marion Hargrove 3
Marion Hargrove's Writing Credits 19
Form and Content in the Scripts of Marion Hargrove 24
The Context Behind Maverick #45, "The Rivals" 56
Maverick #45, "The Rivals" 59
Joseph Dougherty
From Office Temp to "Hat Trick" Showrunner: Interview with Joseph Dougherty 129
Joseph Dougherty's Writing Credits 159
Joseph Dougherty and Staff Writing Authorship on the TV Series thirtysomething 162
The Context Behind thirtysomething #83, "A Stop at Willoughby" 205
thirtysomething #83, "A Stop at Willoughby" 217
Michael Kozoll
Creating the Prime-Time Novel: Interview with Michael Kozoll 281
Michael Kozoll's Writing Credits 310
Michael Kozoll's Impact on Hill Street Blues and Prime-Time Drama 315
The Context Behind Hill Street Blues #5, "Dressed to Kill" 367
Hill Street Blues #5, "Dressed to Kill" 370
Notes 435
Works Cited 449
Index 455
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