Writing Television Sitcoms

Writing Television Sitcoms

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by Evan S. Smith
     
 

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This new edition of Writing Television Sitcoms features the essential information every would-be teleplay writer needs to know to break into the business, including: - Updated examples from contemporary shows such as 30 Rock, The Office and South Park - Shifts in how modern stories are structured - How to recognize changes in taste and censorship - The reality

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This new edition of Writing Television Sitcoms features the essential information every would-be teleplay writer needs to know to break into the business, including: - Updated examples from contemporary shows such as 30 Rock, The Office and South Park - Shifts in how modern stories are structured - How to recognize changes in taste and censorship - The reality of reality television - How the Internet has created series development opportunities - A refined strategy for approaching agents and managers - How pitches and e-queries work - or don't - The importance of screenwriting competitions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399535376
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
601,212
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Meet the Author

Evan S Smith is an associate professor at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and has written sitcoms for studios including Paramount, MTM and Twentieth Century Fox.

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Writing Television Sitcoms 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Evan Smith knows what he is talking about. Not only has he written the definitive book on writing sitcoms, he knows how to write a sitcom himself. Most writing teachers failed at the writing game and are now teaching you and me. Not Smith. He had a for-real career as a writer before he began teaching, and it shows on every page of his superb book. He goes into amazing and staggeringly useful detail about the nature of comedy, how to write a script, and that horrid conundrum -- launching a career in Hollywood. Smith has been in the trenches and comprehends the horror. He knows what you must know to write a great script AND get your foot in the door. Writing Television Sitcoms is an invaluable resource and should be on every writer's shelf -- not just those wanting to write a sitcom script.