May 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

COMM 4360 Writing the TV Drama

This has been called the golden age of television because of the proliferation of quality one-hour dramatic television. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the art and craft of writing the one-hour dramatic television show. From idea generation, script and character development, creating a show “Bible,”* to working in the “Writer’s Room,” this course will require progressive writing assignments that give the student a complete understanding, and real-world experience of what goes into the writing and creation of the one-hour dramatic TV show. 

Each student will complete a final “Spec Script”** of a TV show (44-50 pages), as well a proposal for an original show. 

To be clear: Dramatic TV Shows offer an eye into worlds, cultures, philosophies, manners and mores that are different than those of the viewer. Because of this, the writer, MUST- every step of the way- embark on creating, through research and inquiry, a true representation of the world they are presenting. This class, by using these methods, and through its focus on understanding the worlds presented, will seek to empower the student to avoid stereotypes and caricatures of character, cultures, philosophies and mores, by focusing on creating true-life reorientations of all groups. 

This course is Writing Intensive. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2100  
Credits: 3.00