Writing Television Sitcoms

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Penguin, 1999 - Performing Arts - 281 pages
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With twenty years in the business - as a writer, programming executive, and university instructor - Evan Smith knows what it takes to get from spec script to sitcom success. Here he offers the first published description of Premise-Driven Comedy, the writing method he has developed and popularized; tips from writer-producers who have worked on series from 'Frasier' to 'The Cosby Show' to 'Roseanne;' a complete story outline from the series 'Home Improvement;' explicit advice on how the business works and how to get an agent; and script layout guidelines for all three sitcom formats. Clear, comprehensive, and cutting-edge, this is the true insider's guide to becoming a sitcom writer.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Game Plan
7
Putting Theory into Practice
19
Level OneComedy in the Story Premise
25
Level TwoComedy in Sequences and Scenes
42
Doing Your Homework
75
Developing an Episode Premise
83
Developing the Story
90
Step OneDeveloping a Strategy
169
Step TwoLanding an Agent
181
Step ThreeGetting Your Work Out There
199
Step FourPitching for Assignments
215
Step FiveLanding a Staff Job
227
Step SixClimbing the Ladder
237
In Closing
243
Script Format Guidelines
245

Writing an Outline
111
Writing the First Draft
140
Additional Resources
265
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Evan S. Smith is an associate professor at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and is a regular speaker at the American Film Institute. He has written sitcoms for studios including Paramount, MTM, and Twentieth Century-Fox, and has worked as a vice president of Program Development responsible for developing TV movies, series, and specials. He has degrees from Brown University and Syracuse University and is a member of the Writers Guild of America. When not teaching, he writes, studies the craft of writing, and serves as a private script consultant.

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