When we settle in to watch a television show, we're looking to get pulled into the story. The last thing we want is a series of facts or other information to drive the story engine. Yet it happens. It makes for a bland episode. And it could be detrimental if not addressed.
After David Mamet's show The Unit was cancelled, Mamet sent a memo to his writing staff.
Here's how it started:
"Almost a decade ago, celebrated playwright, film director, screenwriter, author and producer David Mamet — one of the kings of dialogue — wrote a memo to the writing staff of his then critically-acclaimed CBS show The Unit, for which he was the creator, producer, and frequent writer. When the memo later surfaced online, shortly after the series was canceled, one of the greatest lessons in television writing was shared with the world..."
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