TV Program Making

The development of a TV program starts with a creator who develops the
concept, the cast of characters, the crew and the actors who are
willing to star in the program. Anyone can write a television program
and then pitch it to a producer who may like the idea just as it is or
want to make some changes. A prototype is first developed of one
episode to set out the plot. This called the "pilot" If a network does
like the pilot, it will pick up the show for its next season.
Sometimes, they may save it for times when their regular shows end for
the year. When a network does select a new show, it usually orders a
specific number of shows. It also hires a team of writers to write
these episodes.

While there are similarities in the making of TV programs in the UK
and the US, those in the UK are usually on a much smaller scale. Team
writers are usually used for longer dramatic series, but many of the
sitcoms are built around only one or two writers. The original writer
remains the principal writer of the episodes.

When the writing is complete, an executive producer takes over the
programming. The crew and the cast are chosen and production begins
with the building of a set or sets depending on the scenes needed in
the show. There is also a need for props, a costume director and a
make up director. Changes can be adjusted as the need arises to meet
the requirements of the programming. A typical 30 minute TV program is
really only about 20 minutes long to allow for the breaks for