TV Spec Script 101 (PT34)

TV Spec Script 101 (PT34)

Alex and Nick discuss the ins-and-outs of writing a TV spec script of an existing show.

How do you pick the show? Why is researching the series beforehand important? How do you brainstorm ideas for specs? What are some dos and don’ts to break the mold?

The Paper Team picks their spec…



1 – What makes a TV spec, a TV spec (00:29)
2 – Writing the TV spec script (08:15)
Takeaways and Resources (25:39)


TV Spec Script List
TV Spec Test
TV Writing Fellowships: The Bix Six


Ten Spec Writing Rules (and why you should care)
WGA Library

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Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.

I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

687 posts and 9 years later, TV Calling has also become a comprehensive resource dedicated to the full TV writing industry — from spec to success.

Everything here is written by yours truly (unless otherwise credited), so feel free to blame me for any missed deadlines.

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