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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.

The allure of the television game show has reigned on the airwaves since the 1950s. Some of these games shows managed to find success and remained on the air for a decades and decades. See our list of television's 11 longest-running game shows.

Daytime soaps have enthralled TV viewers for years. Some of the most famous celebrities got their start acting in these daytime dramas. You may be surprised to see who is on our list of celebrities who started on soap operas.

Some TV shows are lucky to stick around for just one season, but these did that and then some. In fact, they’re the longest-running dramas and comedies in television history.

Since the beginning of television, puppets have had a special place on the airwaves. Many television shows featured ventriloquist dummies, hand puppets and marionettes, which have since been replaced by animation. Learn about 10 puppets that made it

For more than 50 years, soaps have entertained daytime audiences with captivating story lines. Soap operas got their name from the sponsors, such as Proctor & Gamble, who produced the shows. See our list of the 11 longest-running daytime soap operas.

TV heaven is littered with the carcasses of shows that looked great on the drawing board but flopped miserably on the small screen. Check out this list of some memorable flops and decide how many episodes you might have watched before tuning out.

A hit TV show is not complete without a memorable theme song. In fact, you probably know all the words to the theme songs included on this list. Read our list of 18 memorable TV theme songs, including the theme from 'Happy Days.'

"Heroes" got Americans -- and fans in nearly 150 countries -- hooked on the adventures of an indestructible cheerleader, a Japanese time-traveler and an exotic dancer with a very split personality. And that was just the first season.

The NBC Tonight Show debuted in 1954 with Steve Allen as the show's first host. Learn more history of the NBC Tonight Show, how it changed over the years, and its infamous hosts, from Allen to Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

When CNN first launched, many people thought that the idea of a 24-hour news network was silly. Find out how CNN became one of the most respected news organizations in the United States.

In Hollywood shorthand, what "Lost" is to "Survivor," "Drive" is to the "Amazing Race," but with much higher stakes. Learn about this new series that follows a diverse group of people coerced into competing in a secret, illegal cross-country road race.

If you're a big fan of "LOST," you're probably full of theories about the DHARMA Initiative and its relationship to other elements of the show. Learn about the DHARMA Initiative, its history and what might be going on at its island research center. Warning: Spoilers within.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world with only the clothes on your back and a few personal items tucked away in a backpack? The cast of CBS's "The Amazing Race" does just that. Go behind the scenes to see how contestants race around the globe for a $1 million prize.

Splashy, stylish and very expensive for 1978, Battlestar Galactica was TV's answer to Star Wars. In 2005, Galactica came back with a re-imagining of the highly popular original. Find out what the cast and crew had to say about it.

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.

What really happened at the Boston Massacre? Are the conspiracy theories about JFK's death even possible? See how the crew of "Unsolved History" gets to the bottom of some the lingering mysteries of our past.

TLC's "Junkyard Wars" puts two teams head to head in a race to build a specific complicated working machine out of random trash. Take a look behind the scenes of the "Junkyard Wars" game show, how it started, and how you can get on.

Is the line between fiction and reality getting fuzzier? During commercial breaks in episodes of the science-fiction drama "LOST," ABC ran advertisements for the Hanso Foundation, a fictional (or is it?) organization tied to the show’s plotline.

The Emmys -- from the glitz and glamour of red-carpet fashions to too-long award speeches, this award show is not to be missed. But what does it take to get the Emmys off the ground?

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?