ByPatricia F. Phalen
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This brief look inside the “black box” of television should demystify the script writing process that generates the programs we all enjoy on the small screen. The most difficult part of this process was choosing quotes from among the reams of interview transcripts in front of me. I’ve gone over and over the responses – I’d like to have included everything … obviously impossible. My endgame was to select the best representatives of the patterns that emerged from these conversations. One significant theme that was expressed over and over is “writing for television is one of the best jobs in the world.” Even with the difficulties inherent in the day-to-day work of television production – the inevitable stress of creating to a timetable, the layers of management, the commercial demands of television, and the insecurity of ongoing employment – writers love what they do.