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Television Writing from the Inside Out: Your Channel to Success Paperback – November 1, 2003
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A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late '60s, Brody has produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. He has created, produced, or written for The Huntress, Diagnosis Murder, Star Trek: Voyager, Walker Texas Ranger, Heaven Help Us, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Baretta, The Fall Guy, Automan, Partners In Crime, Mike Hammer, The New Rin Tin Tin, Police Story, The Bold Ones, Hawaii Five-0, Here Come The Brides, Partners In Crime, The Rookies, The Interns, The Streets Of San Francisco, Cannon, Ironside, Medical Story, Medical Center, The Six Million Dollar Man, Barnaby Jones and Super Force, among others.
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But the account of how a network television organization works is useful if you plan to try to market your material to such organizations.
The book is also useful for laying out the three stages that an idea must go through to end up on TV. These he calls "the logline", the "outline" and the teleplay. His examples of each of these (for sitcoms, series and TV movies) are also useful.
The book also (unintentionally) helps you to understand why television shows and network-produced TV movies are so bad.
However, this book is so much more than a script manual. Yes, there is the technical stuff like writing for spec, first assignments, outlines, teleplays and how to write them. But Brody also covers things like where to live, how to get connected in the business in order to get to a pitch meeting, the numerous types of meetings, realistic timeframes that set things occur and how people respond by what they say and what they really mean. He really makes the business of television writing real.
After reading Brody's book, if you ever had illusions about how easy writing for television could be (ideally), they will be completely dispelled. When you are finished, sit back and ask yourself if it is what you REALLY want to do. If the answer is yes, he gives you a great outline. If the answer is no, now is the time to stop and find another worthy pursuit. Brody comes across as honest with how demanding the business-side of television writing is, and it is not always about the writing. This is one of the best books I have ever read on this subject.
My only reservation in recommending this book to everyone is that it's been a long time since Larry stood outside the industry looking in. The landscape has changed and Larry is already a barnacle on the television whale, far out to sea. For those stuck on the rocky shore, this book might be more useful if you already have screen credits and want to leverage your position with knowledge about how the industry works.
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This is a fantastic read. Larry is a great writer and a fundamentally good person. He doesn't sugarcoat it--Hollywood is a tough industry. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Will
Television Writing from the Inside is a very good guide. Larry Brody writes from experience and it shows. Read morePublished on October 31, 2006 by Katie Barlow
If you're an experienced television writer read it.
If you're an aspiring television read it twice. Read more