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Starting with a stop: How theme is everything

This is probably the most important topic in all of storytelling, and go figure, it’s one of the things that gets the least attention. When we talk about what makes a story work...

Visiting crazy town: How to heighten your comedy

You’re watching a TV show. A young woman, Sonia, somewhere in her 20s, sits her parents down. She’s holding a Tickle-Me Elmo doll...

9 Effective Ways to Get People Hooked on Your Show

You go through withdrawals. It makes you late for work. You can’t even concentrate when you’re hanging with family or friends...

How to Use Improv in Your Film or Show

Your editor is probably a nice person. So maybe he doesn’t call his mom enough. Or she switches lanes without using a signal. Or he farts on a crowded subway...

Top Critics Share What Makes a Show Good vs. Great

I talked to top TV critics, bloggers, and podcasters--including Sean T Collins and Alyssa Rosenberg--asking them the question "what is the difference between a good show and a great one?"

How to Create Awesome Character Duos: Reinventing the Color Wheel

Beavis and Butthead. Arya and the Hound. Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy. Lucy and Ethel. Walter White and Jesse. Bert and Ernie. Some of the greatest duos ever on TV...

5 Great Things to Do Before You Write Your TV Pilot

Motivation grabs you and whips you around like a professional tango dancer. Or at the very least, it grinds against you like a drunk guy in a nightclub...