Here's a fun weekend comedy lesson for aspiring writers. Haven't done this in six years, but what the hell? Today I'm going to show an episode of ALMOST PERFECT (the series I co-created with David Isaacs and Robin Schiff), and tomorrow I will break down the thought process that went into breaking the story. You'll see behind the curtain.
As a refresher course for the two, maybe three people in the world who aren't familiar with ALMOST PERFECT -- It ran on CBS for two seasons (1995, 1996) and starred Nancy Travis, Kevin Kilner, Chip Zien, David Clennon, and Matthew Letscher. Nancy plays Kim Cooper. She's the showrunner of a gritty cop show. She's also in the early stages of a relationship with Mike (Kevin Kilner). The central theme of the series is juggling Kim's professional and personal relationships. That's explored in this episode as she leaves Gary (Chip) in charge while she tries to impress her new boyfriend.
Watch the episode (today's homework) and come back tomorrow to see how and why we told the story just this way.