- — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:10:44Question for the Twitterverse: Which do you think are more likely to improve after a so-so pilot, comedies or dramas?
- — C. Ryan Kirkpatrick (@FlanaganCRK)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:12:47@BittrScrptReadr Comedies. They seem to be given more of a chance. I have no statistical proof to back this up, just my feeling.
- — Caitlin Kunkel (@CK_characters)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:25:24@BittrScrptReadr Comedies - Girls, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock - they all shifted their tone around to find what worked best week to week.
- — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:21:02so far, opinion seems to be solidly that comedies are more likely to improve. And I agree, 30 Rock, Seinfeld, Simpsons, The Office show that
- — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:21:24but in watching 25 pilots so far, it's interesting to me that of the ones that don't work, I think the dramas are more likely to improve
- — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:22:30that could just be my tastes, or it could be a case of the weaker dramas being "meh" while weak comedies are more "This got ordered?"
- — Lucas Armiliato (@lucasarmiliato_)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:22:34@BittrScrptReadr But I think when dramas improve they're more consistent. Comedies have more irregular episodes even if they're great.
- — Nick Robinson (@Nickrob)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:24:47@BittrScrptReadr an aud has to learn the tone of a comedy. It’s as much the aud’s growth as the writing. Drama has to make you care at start
- — Jeff Richards (@jeffrichards)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:28:58@BittrScrptReadr Comedies tend to find their groove, so they gain consistency. Dramas get braver, go for real depth. IMO, dramas.
- — Christie LeBlanc (@thatScriptChick)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:34:26@BittrScrptReadr The bar is higher for dramas. People will wait 'n see if a comedy improves, but won't revisit a drama after a so-so start.
- — Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:35:23@BittrScrptReadr Back to the old maxim: you can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be funny. "Bad" drama is often just...
- — Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:36:03@BittrScrptReadr ...boring. But an unfunny movie can be chaotically bad. In a drama, you can fake it. In a comedy, you can't. Fin.
- — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:35:27Okay, I'm fascinated by all of this. Follow-up: if you saw a sub-par comedy pilot, what elements convinced you to "wait & see"?
- — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:36:12Are you more likely to stick around for good actors in an iffy premise? or a great premise with actors who have yet to fit into their parts?
- — C. Ryan Kirkpatrick (@FlanaganCRK)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:37:30@BittrScrptReadr Great premise with actors who have yet to fit their part. Sometimes finding your identity takes a little while.
- — Hector Cortez (@hectorcortez)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:41:16@BittrScrptReadr We start to watch a show for the concept, but we stick around for the characters. That's what brings an audience back.
- — Thunder Badger (@ThunderBadger)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:38:12@BittrScrptReadr Strangely enough I think what makes you stick with a show is the same for comedy & drama, the characters.
- — Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe)Wed, Jul 04 2012 06:39:20@BittrScrptReadr I'll stay for great writing most times over great acting, though great acting can save shit (TASM as a pertinent example).
Bitter Script Reader on Pilots: Comedy vs Drama
I woke up to an interesting discussion on my Twitter Timeline. The Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr - follow him if you don't already) has been watching and analysing pilots this week. After about 25 of them, he asks:
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