Quick Update About 2012 Spec Scriptacular Entries

Never let it be said that we here at TVWriter™ aren’t at least as obsessed with TV as those who drop by to visit. TeamTVWriter has been busy analyzing the data from this year’s entries and today’s astounding discoveries are:

The most popular series to spec was MODERN FAMILY, with twice as many entries as

The second most popular series to spec, which was THE MIDDLE, which just squeaked past

The third most popular series to spec, also known as PARKS & RECREATION

Other oft-entered specs, albeit (always happy for a chance to use that word) not in the same league with even the lowest placing of the above, were:

  • ARCHER
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • COMMUNITY
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • FAMILY GUY
  • HAPPY ENDINGS
  • NURSE JACKIE
  • THE BIG C
  • THE WALKING DEAD

Anyone notice a trend here? Like, out of the top 12 shows specced, only 2 dramas?

Drama writers of the web, arise! WTF has happened to you?

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.

5 thoughts on “Quick Update About 2012 Spec Scriptacular Entries

  1. Terry says:

    Comedy is supposed to be more difficult to write (according to many of the articles I’ve read about it). So why not rise to the challenge? In a world filled with all kinds of drama, Kardashian and otherwise, I think we need more comedy for balance. Just my opinion.

  2. sin44 says:

    Wow! No 30 Rock.

  3. LB says:

    There were some 30 ROCKs, but they weren’t among the top number of entries. There also were some specs of THE OFFICE, but also not as many as of the dirty dozen above.

    The wheels of change…

  4. kathyfuller says:

    For me, the issue is finding a drama I’m passionate about enough to spec, one that makes me want to spend hours and hours discovering the characters, understanding the rhythm of the writing, learning what the boundaries of the storylines are and how to toe them but not shatter them. My summer project is to dive into Person of Interest, since I’ve heard good things and its the one non-sci fi show my husband will actually watch. I guess I’m jaded since so many shows will start off great then quickly slide into mediocrity, or they air way past their prime and become repetitive and dull, or they get cancelled prematurely. Such is the landscape of television.

    • LB says:

      I think POI is a great idea for yet another reason: Erik Mountain, a former Spec Scriptacular winner, just happens to be on the writing staff of the show.

      These things do happen, kids. For reals.

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