Time now for the latest about what’s happening in the 2013 TVWriter™ People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular writing contests.
As we promised, we’ve been organizing away for the past 2 weeks, and here’s where we are:
THE PEOPLE’S PILOT
The People’s Pilot has received more entries than at any time in its 13 year history. Of those entries, 54% are half-hour shows and 46% are one-hours.
We haven’t read them all yet – but we have read some and they’re awesome! – so we can’t be sure how many of those half-hours are straight up sitcoms, nor do we know what percentage of the one-hours are procedurals, medical dramas, courtroom dramas, science fiction, fantasy, explorations of existential angst various combinations of all that, or something entirely different. We also saw several shows of both lengths that labeled themselves as “dramedy,” a word that always brings a twisted smile to our faces. (Dramedy. Drama + Comedy. Twisted smile. See? Oh well, moving on….)
We do know that we’ve spotted some wonderful series titles, among them half-hours like: FAKING IT, IMPREG-NATION, JAZZY NIGHTS, THE UNPROFESSIONALS, and the very intriguing GUT-HOOKED.
One-hour series titles that caught our attention at this first look include: LUCIFER UNLEASHED, SHANGHAIED, (and SHANGHAI too), TRIPLE THREAT, and BAD HABITS.
THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR
The number of entries in the Spec Scriptacular was about 80% that of the PP and tied its previous high. 58% of the entries are Sitcoms, well over twice the percentage – 24% – that are Action/Drama shows, with 18% of the entries TV Movies(AKA Screenplays/Specials.
The series with the largest number of entries was the Sitcom NEW GIRL. An astounding – to us – 15% of all the sitcom entries went the NEW GIRL route. The show with the second highest number of sitcom entries was FAMILY GUY, with 12 1/2% of the total. MODERN FAMILY was third with 7%.
On the Action/Drama side of things, we were surprised (and gratified because we like this show) to find that ELEMENTARY had the most entries. 22% of the entries were for this contemporary re-boot of SHERLOCK HOLMES. The next most popular Action/Drama series to spec was SHAMELESS, which had 17% of the entries. BREAKING BAD was third with 6%.
In the TV Movie/Screenplay/Special category we feel delightfully teased by titles like the following: A.G.A.P.E., RESURRECTING JANE DOE, NOT MY TIME TO DIE, MALE ORDER, and the puzzling SCANDINAVIAN RHAPSODY.
Sitcom Series Represented by Spec Scriptacular Entries:
- 30 ROCK
- ANGER MANAGEMENT
- CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
- DAN VS. POLITICS
- DAYTIME JUSTICE
- FAMILY GUY
- HAPPY ENDINGS
- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
- IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
- MIKE AND MOLLY
- MODERN FAMILY
- NEW GIRL
- PARKS AND RECREATION
- RAISING HOPE
- SOUTH PARK
- SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
- THE BIG BANG THEORY
- THE LEAGUE
- THE OFFICE
- TWO BROKE GIRLS
Action/Drama Series Represented by Spec Scriptacular Entries
- AMERICAN HORROR STORY
- BREAKING BAD
- CRIMINAL MINDS
- LAW & ORDER: SVU
- NCIS: LA
- THE NEWSROOM
We can’t help ourselves from crunching this data around in our heads and trying to figure out what it means. If that’s your game too, let us know what you’re thinking. We’re delighted whenever we all share with each other. And speaking of sharing:
TVWriter™ wants to make sure that this is the best, smoothest-running contest season for all of us ever. If you have any concerns about whether or not your entry was received, please feel free to write and ask us. Better safe than sorry and all that kind of thing. And if you’re a Spec Scriptacular entrant who doesn’t see the name of the series your submitted spec is for on the list above, definitely, definitely, definitely tells us ASAP because we are 100% in No Writer Left Behind mode.
Thanks, everybody! GOOD LUCK!
Larry Brody and Team TVWriter™