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Saturday, February 24, 2007

I want to read some hour scripts -- scripts to full 60 minute pay cable hours, not 44 minute broadcast hour dramas. A quarter of an hour Googling reveals only transcripts, though, which won't help me much. Anyone got a line on scripts of Rome, Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Carnivale or other HBO or Showtime full-hour shows?

(And I know the WGA library has all of them, probably, but I don't plan to be in LA any time soon. Even if the hills are green in February.)

If you have a hardcopy or two, could you perhaps let me know the page count?



LOST Scripts can be found here from 1st and some of 2nd season.

Can't help you on much else unless I push an ancient Angel and Smallville Script.

I've got Smallville Spec too but I assume you mean real scripts. ;)

By Blogger RKBentley, at 7:05 PM  

Sorry, Lost is a 40-minute broadcast show. So is Angel. So is Smallville. I'm looking for scripts to full 60 minute pay cable no-commercial-break hours.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 7:08 PM  


After some google searching I can see why you're requesting it, nothing much out there in script format.

By Blogger RKBentley, at 7:20 PM  

There is a book called "The Sopranos: Selected Scripts from Three Seasons" that has five full-length screenplays. Available from Amazon et al.

There might be scripts in book form for some other shows, but the Sopranos is the only one I know of.

By Blogger Walter, at 7:29 PM  

scriptcity.com will send you PDF's for ten bucks a pop. They've got several Deadwoods and Six Feet Unders, the Carnivale pilot, and plenty of Sopranos. I've done business w/ them before and always had good results.

For the Sopranos I second the recommendation of the script book. You can probably get it used for for under $10.

By Blogger odo coileus, at 10:49 PM  

The BBC writer's room has several scripts up from their series.

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 8:58 AM  

The "BBC Writer's Room" website does indeed have scripts up: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/script_archive.shtml. But I'm not familiar with those shows. Most seem to be well over an hour. (139 pages? 100 pages in small fonts?) And the formatting seems slightly different.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 9:32 AM  

Most of the writersroom scripts are 30 or 90 minutes. However, proper 60 min scripts from Spooks/MI-5 can be found here.

By Blogger Lee, at 10:48 AM  

I've just had a look at The Sopranos book, and the scripts are around sixty pages each. Each story has about thirty-five beats - A and B stories with equal weighting and something like thirteen beats each, a C story with five or six and the occasional comic runner D line with only a handful.

By Blogger Lee, at 1:32 PM  

Lee rocks...

By Blogger wcdixon, at 11:02 PM  

I've got the pilot and episode 4 from Deadwood's first season; also the first ep from season three. I can email the PDFs if you're interested.

By Blogger Shawn, at 12:01 AM  

Shawn: that would be awesome!

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 12:49 AM  

I routinely buy scripts from Book City. Like them a lot.

By Blogger Jesse, at 8:21 PM  

Those writersroom scripts:

15 minutes: The Story of Tracy Beaker
25 minutes: Kerching!
30 minutes: EastEnders, Doctors, Ideal
60 minutes: Holby City, Paradise Heights, The Good Citizen, Funland
90 minutes: Shoot the Messenger
2 parts per story, 60 minutes each part: Silent Witness, Waking the Dead

Most of these are a minute or so short of the slot they're shown in to allow for bumpers.

And yes, the format's different from standard USTV.

By Blogger Piers, at 9:33 AM  

Hey, Shawn, I see that you have a few Deadwood scripts on .pdf files. I love the show, and I would kill to read some of the scripts. Any way you could email me the ones you have to DrummerJes23@aol.com ?
I would be so appreciative. Thanks!

By Blogger Jesse, at 10:16 PM  

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