Q. What is the average page count of a one hour drama? I am working on a spec for Supernatural and I've timed out the show at 40 minutes. I thought that a drama should fall between 47 and 50 pages, but the WB material seems shorter.
It depends on how chatty the show is. West Wing
scripts run 67-70 pages easy. I've read that Gilmore Girls
scripts can crack 75 pages. On Charlie Jade
, on the other hand, a more laconic show, we tried to hit 52 pages. It also depends on the level of detail of action description. If you're speccing a show, you need to know what that show's page count typically is. There is no general answer.
Sitcoms have a different format, with double-spaced dialog. And they're very talky. So half hour sitcom scripts can run over fifty pages.
Me, I like a chatty, long script. A few extra lines of dialog here and there don't make a script longer to shoot. It's extra locations that kill your production schedule. I'd rather have more dialog for the editor to play with. And that means a longer script.
This show is an odd one. I timed its breaks at 16/14/6/4 with no teaser. The show is only seven episode into its season without any scripts available. How do you find out things like page count in this kind of situation?
The fact that it is only seven episodes into it's season usually is a sign not to spec it.
You can always try calling the production office and saying your a student blah blah blah.
I did that with C.S.I. and they mailed me 3 scripts.
I like the show because it suits my writing style perfectly and it has been renewed. I'm developing a more standard spec as a backup.
Thanks for the suggestion, I will give that a shot.
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