Q. I'm a snarky female writer with a produced TV movie looking to do my first spec script. I know the go to show is Grey's Anatomy, but I hate it! Should I go with The Office, Ugly Betty, or New Adventures of Old Christine?
Yes, Virginia, I hate Grey's Anatomy too.
I'm going to say The Office
'cause it's a hip show, and it's done multiple seasons, even if short ones. Christine
is your basic sitcom and it's very hard to crack the sitcom market with all the unemployed sitcom writers hanging around. Ugly Betty
is the one to watch, I think. But it's always risky to spec a show in its first season.
I should point out, on the other hand, that Betty is an hour and The Office is half an hour. The question is, which do you want to write? Betty will not get you a job on a sitcom. The Office miiiiight get you a job on a drama. In either case they're probably going to want to see a second spec that's actually in the format you're trying to get hired on.