The last thing I want to do is make a television show. I want somebody who knows New Orleans, somebody who knows the drug wars, somebody who knows the CIA. Those are the valuable voices I’m always looking for. So when guys send me their resumes—‘I did three seasons here and I was story editor there’—hey, what do you know about the world?”

DAVID SIMON, CREATOR/SHOWRUNNER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER THE WIRE, TREME, SHOW ME A HERO, THE DEUCE

Chapter 13

Trips, Traps, Tropes

Avoiding Rookie Mistakes

I’m a pilot junkie. I love watching every new pilot, across various platforms—broadcast, basic/premium cable, digital—and I devour a great number of pilot scripts each year, written by both students and professionals. When creating our pilots, there are a ...

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