I'm trying to write a spec pilot for a half-hour comedy... I'm reading scripts and I'm confused as to how many acts I should have.
Comedies are either two acts or three. Unlike drama, which has traditionally been four acts and has largely now moved to five acts, I don't see a clear movement in comedy. If you're writing a spec pilot, pick a show that your show is like, and use that act structure. Simple as that.
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I'm baffled too. I've been reading scripts for 30 Rock, which are all in two acts. But the show itself has two commercial breaks, and sometimes also takes a chunk of act one for a teaser.
Okay so this is completely off topic but has anybody watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along blog. It's brilliant!!! And should be watched and reveled in by all.
Samantha Who scripts are written in four acts!
Even within a series there are enormous variations. Of five Modern Family scripts I've located online, 1 script was four act; 2 scripts were 3 Acts w/ teaser and 2 scripts were 3 acts without teaser.
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