Found at Infinite Monkey Theorem, Clark Perry at Clarkblog put together a great recap over several posts of the Breaking Into The Box (as in TV) panels and seminar that was recently held in L.A.. Nice anecdote recounted from moderator Robin Schiff:
My family was my first writers room. Sitting at the table with everyone talking, nobody listening, but the best story always captured everyone's attention. Writing can be lonely. The room has camaraderie, people to bounce ideas off of ... but you can also feel trapped like on Lost, where you can't stand some people and wish the Others would drag them off.
And when you're finished there, read this New York Times article about all things fantasy, supernatural, or science fiction coming to the tv screen this fall...
The networks run a risk in filling their schedules with so many series of the same kind. “People are not looking for a genre, a program type,” said Steve Sternberg, executive vice president for audience analysis at Magna Global in New York.
Rather, what viewers seek are shows “that are like nothing else already on, and nothing like each other,” Mr. Sternberg said, citing three hits from 2006-7: “Ugly Betty” on ABC, “Shark” on CBS and “Heroes.”
Yet the popularity of “Heroes” is widely thought to be the inspiration for the escapist trend for next season. NBC is even hoping that lightning will strike twice; it is planning a six-episode spinoff, “Heroes: Origins,” expected in spring 2008.
Don't the networks do this every year? As in, recognize that viewers aren't looking for a genre and are seeking shows nothing like each other or what's on...and then hope lightning strikes twice.
And it never does. Well, almost never...