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I’ve figured out how almost every narrative TV program can fix the problems it has with story, pacing, character, and dialogue.
It’s simple, really. Hire someone to be a script supervisor or story editor who is not only a very good writer, but who is attempting to go cold-turkey from cigarettes.
I’ve been off four days now, and here are a few things I’ve noticed: I’m annoyed easily, especially by things that seem illogical or stupid. When it comes to watching series TV, I tend to microfocus that annoyance on the writers. When I see something that’s completely out of place for a character to do, or dialogue that was obviously originally written for someone other than the actor delivering it, I immediately wish I had been in the writer’s room at the time the script was being finalized.
I would have been easy to spot. I would have been the guy at the back of the room, drinking insane amounts of coffee and chiming in every five seconds to say “that’s stupid,” or “Jesus, you’re an idiot.”
Yeah. I’m irritable. But if you could go back in time and fix one TV show — pop yourself in the writers room and know that every suggestion you gave would be implemented — which show would you pick, and how would you fix it?