Keeping it Real

Keeping it Real

One of the most frequent and important types of notes I give on scripts is to question whether something seems REAL. Another way of saying it is this: “Does the situation and what people are doing and saying seem BELIEVABLE? Would this happen in the real world? Would...
Serialized Storytelling

Serialized Storytelling

Over the holidays, I finally checked out HBO’s THE WIRE, a decade after its five-year run began.  I found myself binge-watching through the first three seasons.  This show was never a clear hit with audiences, and didn’t win many major awards.  But WGA screenwriters...
All-time best written series

All-time best written series

I couldn’t resist creating a chart that breaks down the recent WGA member-voted “Best written series of all time” by decade and type of show. What conclusions, if any, can be drawn from this? (If you have trouble viewing the document below, you might...