Chapter 10

Television Series, Sitcoms, and Soaps

Key Terms

4:3 academy ratio

one-liners

setup

beat sheet

pace

sitcom

double take

putdown

slug line

FCC language codes

running gag

soaps

HDTV 16:9

scene heading

“spec” script

hook

scene outline

teaser

laugh line

serials

trailers

master scene script

series bible

visual gags

miniseries

series editor

wide screen 2.85 to 1

 

Television is a huge maw that devours programming. Think of the number of channels! Think of the need for new ideas! Think of the need for writers to write episodes of long-running series that reappear season after season! Although the total program lineup for the medium includes news, documentary, sports, games shows, and so on, we are going to discuss ...

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