Haven't had much chance to delve into the text properly yet, but it's worth the price of admission just for the Guest Speaker sections - Deadwood creator David Milch, China Beach creator John Sacret Young and several others. By happy chance, Page 123 falls in a Guest Speaker section by Steven Bochco, creator of Hill St Blues, NYPD Blue and other great shows. He's talking about how drama series develop:
It takes about two years, maybe three, to turn over all your major cards in a new show - gross character revelations in a drama, oohhh, he's a drunk, ohhhh, she's gay. After three years, the job changes, the task of maintaining a show is a different task. So at the beginning, when everything's working right, and this one is, it's huge fun because it's invention.I hereby tag two more Screen Academy Scotland students: step forward Andrew Tibbs and Miss Read, it's your turn!