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Reverse-Engineering Scripts, TV References, and Release Schedules – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT191)

Alex and Nick answer your TV writing questions about non-adult animation, reverse-engineering shows, and cultural references.

Plus, we reveal details of our online virtual mixer and discuss the latest TV news, including broadcast comedies under threat, productions resuming, and controversial release schedules.

Reminder

We’re having our first online virtual mixer this week!
Join us Saturday, October 3 at 6PM PST over Zoom.
Link and information available at http://paperteam.co/onlinemixer

Content

Virtual Mixer Announcement and Shout-Outs (00:33)
TV Writing Questions: Non-adult animation, reverse-engineering shows, and cultural references (03:54)
TV Writing News: Controversial release schedules, broadcast comedies, freelance laws, and productions resuming (26:05)

Links

Nickelodeon Animation Writing Program (PT179)
ScreenplaySubs extension
“The Boys Showrunner Addresses Backlash to Season 2 Release Schedule” – CBR
“Network Comedies’ Future Threatened By Outdated Broadcast Business Model” – Deadline
California Assembly Bill 5 (2019)
“‘For Life’ Suspends Production Due to ‘Inconsistent’ COVID-19 Test Results” – Variety

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Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

2020 Paper Team Mentorship I – “The Pirate King” Overview (PT190)

Alex and Nick begin the 2020 Paper Team Mentorship with winner and mentee Ben Warner, with his new drama pilot THE PIRATE KING.

Step one of the process: a basic overview of the series and pilot, with premise, characters, themes, and arcs.

We hear for the first time Ben’s pitch and share our thoughts live.

The 2020 mentorship begins…

Content

About the 2020 Paper Team Mentorship and mentee Ben (00:49)
“The Pirate King” – Basic series overview (05:54)
Discussion of the basic series overview (11:44)

Links

“The Pirate King” basic series overview document

If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Paper Tease: Context For Your Text – September Session (PT189)

Alex and Nick give feedback on five of your teasers on this year’s final Paper Tease session.

Plus, we reveal the winner of our new 2020 Paper Team Mentorship!

Paper Tease Entries

“There Goes the Neighbourhood” by Tobias Tobbell
“Hench” by Kwame Lewis
“Rift Jumpers” by José David Ernand
“The Lot” by Travis Brashears
“America’s Strangest Syndromes” by Annaliese Eisenstadt

If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]