Wednesday, March 29, 2017
What is currently going on in the world of television?
Pilots for the fall are in the process of filming. Actors are being replaced, writers are in borrowed studio offices working late into the night rewriting scripts. When it’s break time they wander through the maze of offices at midnight searching for the kitchen or bathroom. Some will never find their way back to the writing room.
On stage many film directors are directing TV pilots. Yes, they come with all the feature cachet, but they’re also not used to filming seven or eight pages in one day. The seasoned TV directors that do it with ease on a regular basis can’t get pilots because there is way more status to have film directors.
Pilot buzz is beginning. What shows are hot? What shows are in trouble? Projects bounce back and forth between the two on an almost daily basis.
There are only two types of sets on pilots – lovefests or snake pits. You’d think shows that are lovefests would have a much better chance of getting on the air but they don't.
There is nothing more stressful in show business than network run-throughs on pilots.
Meanwhile, on current shows still in production:
Those that haven't already wrapped are just finishing up the season.
All lead-time has completely evaporated. There is a mad scramble to write the last couple of episodes.
There is much speculation as to whether your show will be back. And weary staff members at this moment are not sure whether they want it back or not.
Wrap parties are either pretty wild or half the participants fall asleep from exhaustion.
The highlight of the wrap party is the blooper reel. You can expect a quick montage of outtakes of your stars saying “fuck!” The first time you see one of those you fall over laughing. By the fifth or sixth you just smile.
Everyone in television looks forward to April 16th. Pilots are done, seasons are in the can and for the rest of the month everyone sleeps.