In The Hero Succeeds, veteran TV writer Kam Miller shows you exactly how to create your own TV series—from concept to writing a professional pilot script. Drawing from her career as a successful TV pilot writer, Miller shares her hard-earned knowledge about creating TV series that sell to Hollywood. She covers essential elements such as character, world of the show, story engine, tone, and themes for dramas and sitcoms. In this book, Miller introduces the groundbreaking character-driven structure that will help you solve even the most difficult script problems and create structurally sound, emotionally satisfying stories.
Miller illustrates the practical application of her character-driven script structure in current successful TV shows, including Cinemax’s The Knick, NBC’s Hannibal, Amazon’s Transparent, BBC America’s Orphan Black, ABC’s Modern Family, FOX’s Empire, FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, AMC’s The Walking Dead, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, Starz’s Outlander, CBS’s The Good Wife, Showtime’s Episodes, and many others.
The Hero Succeeds shares professional screenwriting expertise, tools, and techniques previously available only to Miller’s students at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Boston University’s Film & Television program. Whether you write drama or comedy for broadcast, cable, or digital distribution, The Hero Succeeds is the guide you need to build or expand your TV career.