Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

by Tara Bennett

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Collected from a truly expansive exploration of television’s most creative minds, Showrunners is an insider’s guide to creating and maintaining a hit show in today’s golden age of television. The official companion to the documentary Showrunners, this highly informative book features exclusive interviews with such acclaimed and popular showrunners as Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Terence Winter, Bill Prady, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and Jane Espenson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783297122
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tara Bennett is the author, or co-author, of several movie and TV companion books including Fringe: September’s Notebook, Lost Encyclopedia, The Art of 300 and The Art of Terminator Salvation. She has written nearly a thousand features for publications such as: SFX Magazine, LOST: Official Magazine, Alias Magazine, 24 Magazine, SCI FI Magazine,, WSJSpeakeasy, and

Table of Contents

Foreword 007

Introduction 011

Chapter 1 015

Birth of the Showrunner 017

Showrunner 101 019

What Makes a Good Showmnner 025

Not All Writers Are Good Showrunners 028

The Co-Showrunning Paradigm 034

When Conflict Creates Disharmony 039

What A Network and Studio Expect 043

How the Showrunner Job Has Gotten More Complex 050

In Depth: WGA Showrunners Training Program 055

Chapter 2 061

The Script is King 063

Pilot Season 101 064

Basic TV Act Structure 069

Comedy vs. Dramas and Serialized vs. Procedural 072

Staffing a TV Series Writers' Room 086

Working with Writers 091

Lessons in Practice 095

In Depth: Coming Up The Sopranos Way with Terence Winter 101

Chapter 3 105

Starting Our 107

In Depth: Women and Minority Showrunners 115

Chapter 4 125

The Politics of Making Television 127

The Perception of Broadcast vs. Cable 129

Is Premium the Gold Standard 135

Stuck in the Middle 144

In Depth: Original Voices in Cable 149

Chapter 5 153

Showrun-Yin and Yang 155

The Worst Parts of Showrunning 156

Long Hours? You Betcha! 162

The Care and Feeding of Your Actors 166

When Your Show Fails 174

In Depth: How Lost Changed Showrunning 183

Chapter 6 187

Connecting to the Matrix 189

Fan Feedback 191

Showrunners as Celebs 197

Is Twitter a Writer's Friend or Foe? 200

Ending a Series 205

The Future 215

Web Series 217

A Showrunner's Path 221

The Crystal Ball 224

Showrunner Biographies 233

Acknowledgments 237

Television and Writing Resources 239

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