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How TV Animation Works

Table Read

KING OF THE HILL.(L-R:) Creator and exec. producer Mike Judge as Hank Hill, Brittany Murphy as LuAnne and exec. producer Dave Krinsky during a table read.
KING OF THE HILL.(L-R:) Creator and exec. producer Mike Judge as Hank Hill, Brittany Murphy as LuAnne and exec. producer Dave Krinsky during a table read.
Photo courtesy Fox Broadcasting Company

When the writer or writing team is finished with the script, it's time for the table read. At the table read, the entire cast of actors, all of the show's writers, and anyone else in the office that isn't busy gather in a room and act out the script.

The table read is very important, because it lets the writers finally hear how their words sound when spoken out loud. The writers and producers play close attention to the audience's reaction and take notes on what works and what doesn't. In the case of "King of the Hill," the writers and producers are especially concerned with what gets a good laugh and what doesn't.

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After the table read, the writers gather to discuss any problems and explore ways to improve the script. Collectively, the writers and producers create a final version of the script, and pass it on to the recording stage.

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