In times past, if your favorite TV character was about to get married or have a baby, there was a good chance it would happen in February, May or November, because those were Sweeps Week periods. What are the Sweeps, and are they still relevant?
Have you ever wondered how footage from that storm, war or crazy reality show ended up on film? Well, it turns out that the cameramen often travel -- and suffer -- right along with the hosts of the most extreme shows on television.
Let's say Ronald McDonald is running for president. In this commercial -- where he hopes to gain the golfer vote -- he needs to include a voice-over: "I'm Ronald McDonald, and I approved this message." Why?
If you started watching "The Simpsons" when it took to the airwaves in 1989, you may have been annoyed when Fox moved it to the same time slot as another popular show -- "The Cosby Show." Who decides how to schedule network TV shows, and how much do timeslots really matter?
The term "reality tv" may be new but the concept dates back for decades. Where did it begin and how did it come to captivate so many viewers? Get the history and low down on this incredibly popular television phenomenon.
You've read How TV Writing Works and now it's time for step two -- pitching your new show to the television networks. We'll tell you how to get a meeting, how to prepare your pitch, and how to sell it to the executives who make the final decision.
TV and film writers may be on strike, but there's no reason you can't go ahead and prepare your great idea for production. Learn all about how to write a TV show, including understanding characters, treatments, and loglines.
Typically it takes nine months or more to create one half-hour of an animated show, while you can push out a live action sitcom in just a few weeks. Learn about all the steps involved in the process of making an animated TV show.
A show that has several million viewers may seem popular to us, but a network may need millions more watching that program to make it a financial success. How do they figure out how many people are watching a show?