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Want to write a comedy for Fox?

by Allison Waldman, posted May 1st 2008 6:02PM
Fox logoCan you write? Do you think you know what makes people laugh? Have you ever tried banging out a sitcom script? If the answer to these questions is yes, yes, and yes, you might want to read on. Fox TV is teaming with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) in creating a Comedy Script Contest. Wannabe writers are invited -- hell, encouraged! -- to enter an original comedy pilot for a potential Fox sitcom series. The winner (or winning team if you collaborate with someone) will be awarded $25,000 and a development deal with Fox to turn the pilot into real, honest-to-God TV show.

Considering the pitiful pros passing as live action comedy on Fox these days -- Til Death, Back to You, Unhitched -- you might think this contest was an act of desperation. It's not.

At least that's what Kevin Reilly, Fox prez is saying. "This contest will...give us an opportunity to discover fresh new writing talent and invigorate the network's comedy development process by reaching out to a wider artistic community."

The rules are pretty straight forward. Submissions have to be in by June 13, 2008, or when 1,500 submissions are received, whichever comes first. So, if you're interested, put on a hat like Frank on 30 Rock, channel your inner Rob Petrie (and if you don't know who that is, you haven't been reading TV Squad enough), and start scribbling. Remember, this is a 30-minute script. Don't write an epic; just 25-30 pages of funny stuff.

By the way, if this seems like a familiar idea, it is. Bravo tried something similar in 2005, a reality series about trying to write and produce a sitcom, called Situation: Comedy, with Sean Hayes as the host.

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Well the good thing would be you would only have to write 5 episodes before they cancel ya. Unless of course you write one for a cartoon. How can they have the nerve to even ask after cancelling arrested developement, andy richter controls the universe, grounded for life and the loop.

May 02 2008 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The word is "prose", you professional writer you.

May 02 2008 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 01 2008 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you guys just don't get it. The brilliant suits at Fox saw how well reality/elimination shows are doing so they decided to model their entire network around the premise.

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May 01 2008 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fox is pathetic. They don't know how to schedule or support new shows. Why would we want to invest our time into something that will inevitably get canceled.

May 01 2008 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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May 05 2008 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roger Rees

Okay 'squadders. Let's all band together and just send them the scripts from Arrested Development.

May 01 2008 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And it will be good and get canceled around the time the pilot airs. Or is supposed to air.

May 01 2008 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dave's comment

Darn you, that's what I was gonna say :(

May 01 2008 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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