One thing I need to investigate more is romantic triangles. Not personally, mind, but among one's core cast.
A couple of writers have made telling comments in interviews that in a character driven show, a romantic triangle gives you an endless well of stories -- at least till the audience gets sick of it. Without triangles, you wind up throwing all sorts of external problems at your core cast. Or new characters. I think The OC
is doing this, with one character after another coming out of someone or other's past, doing their little song and dance over several episodes, and then departing.
With a romantic triangle you can answer the question, "what's the tenth episode of the third season?"
I'm trying to figure out how to put a romantic triangle into the mix in Exposure
I think triangles work best when they involve characters who are going to be around for the long haul. That's not to say you can't do a triangle with a guest character on occasion, of course. But TV audiences are more savvy then ever. They know that if 2 characters are regulars, and one is only listed in the guest cast, it's likely to be the regulars who get together while the guest star loses out on love.
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