I don’t actually know how to break into TV writing. Just so we’re clear up front, I’ve never attempted it.
The one thing I do know about getting into television is that you need to write sample scripts. I have always been told that one should write scripts for existing shows, and that those scripts will be sent to producers of other shows (reading a sample for your own show is a conflict of interest).
I read a bunch of industry-related blogs. John August, Wil Wheaton, Peggy Archer, and Jane Espenson, to name a few. Jane writes for television.
Last week this came up on my bloglines: Jane in Progress — It Finally Sinks In.
Other than that thing about The Office, though, which *is* still apparently *the* half-hour to have, my predictions were wrong. For the first time since I’ve been asking the question, I was told that the agent wasn’t recommending *any* established shows at all! Spec pilots, as well as original plays and short film scripts were *all* that she recommended for young writers putting together their collection of samples.
My totally uneducated prediction: this won’t work well. So don’t put away that half-finished Deadwood episode yet.
Anyone with further insight?