Today’s post is an examination of two approaches to TV writing, the way all TV episodes used to be written and a trend that began sometime after the birth of the mini-series. And what’s fascinating is that the longest-running TV series in history adheres to the old school method. Continue reading “Building Blocks of Television – Rewind or Serialize”
(Continuing from yesterday…)
This archetype also comes in two varieties, the Chaser and the Quarry. He can be male or female and it’s not big thing to figure out which one he is. At his best, he pursues romance and at his worst, sexual conquest.
Sexual Players almost always come in matched pairs, a Chaser matched with a Quarry, although the Quarry may be the Chaser in a second Sexual Player duet. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part III)”
(continuing from yesterday…)
As with the Sage, the Outsider comes in two varieties, the Cool One and the Enigma. One could argue that the Fool is also an outsider, with one foot in the Outsider camp while the other is planted firmly on Informer soil. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part II)”
Any show worth its salt will give you a variety of characters fulfilling a variety of roles, but it goes beyond the personality styles we discussed earlier in this series. I’m talking about archetypes. We’ve come to expect them, even if only subconsciously.
Keep in mind as you read that in smaller casts these archetypes are combined. But we’ll talk more about that as we go along and again near the end. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part I)”
There are three factors involved in casting a role for a TV series:
- Personality, and
- star appeal.
Note: Everything you read in this series from here on may ruin TV for you forever. Once you know how a TV show works, you may start to see the underpinnings, spot the glaring errors, and see when an episode veers off course. You may end up throwing popcorn at the screen instead of sitting back to enjoy the show.
You’ve been warned. Continue reading “Building Blocks – Plot & Story”
We have three more elements to look at regarding premise, Contrast, Unrequited Love, and Legs, so let’s get to them… Continue reading “Building Blocks: Premise (Part II)”
If you’ve been reading reviews here on Sackadoo.com this week, you may have noticed I started dividing each review into sections: Premise, Casting, Directing, Story, Plot, and Writing. These terms can be interpreted in a rather broad fashion, so I’d like to clarify what I was thinking when I came up with them. Continue reading “Building Blocks: Premise (Part I)”