Writing Television Sitcoms
Evan S. SmithISBN: 0-399-52533-5;
With guidance from top sitcom producers and examples straight from the screen, this book can help anyone write, revise-and sell-a script. 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. Who knows-it might just be the book that inspires the world's next Seinfeld! Includes examples from classic and contemporary sitcoms, tips...
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