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Television and Screen Writing, 4th Edition by Richard A Blum

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How to Create New Television Series

How TV Series Concepts are Developed

Developing new series has been described as television's oldest crapshoot. In the heyday of network programming, the logic—if it could be called that—was to bombard the network with thousands of ideas, and somehow one or two would make it to pilot.

When network executives were aiming for the largest possible audiences, it was logical to ask why they didn't break away from trends rather than imitate them. In the early days of network dominance, a classic theory was proposed by program executive Paul Klein. It was called “L.O.P.”—“Least Objectionable Programming.” The idea was simple. If a show didn't offend anyone, then it would appeal to the widest possible audience. ...

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