Host: Is there a show on today that you think is really good at capturing those really human moments and I mean is there a show that you really adore that does that does that? That accomplishes that well?
Rosanne: I watch such a wide variety of tv. I must say what i love for y’all’s generation is the existence of Netflix means that you can watch television from a variety of different countries beyond which all the various things being made here and of course between cable and streaming and whatnot, we laugh now there’s something like 420 new shows out in the world. So it’s almost impossible to keep track of all of them. I learn so much when students come in and want to pitch a show I’ve never heard of then I have to go watch it and figure out what’s going on with this right? So I watch such a variety of things it’s hard to say. I’ve been watching a lot of stuff out of New Zealand and I’m a huge Doctor Who fan and any kind of science fiction is fun because it is looking at modern-day problems but in that science fiction world. So it’s kind of fun to watch and go oh they’re having… this is a problem they’re dealing with but it’s happening to aliens instead of you know humans or something. So that’s fantastic. I watch a lot of Australian tv. A lot of English tv. A lot of the kind of murder mysteries they do where it’s not all about the gore. It’s not about CSI where’s all the blood and all the stuff I have to put under microscopes. It’s about again people and how come that person seems guilty but no and it turns out the red herring is that it’s because they knew they were having an affair but they’re not the one who killed him. So it’s like puzzles and I find that really interesting and I find they can make more real people in shows like that. So sadly in terms of what I think about you know American tv.
It’s always fun to sit down with students and share stories about entering the television industry and how things work at all stages and I had that opportunity the other day.
Daniela Torres, a just-graduated (Congratulations!) student of the Columbia College Semester in LA program asked me to guest on a podcast she had recently begun hosting with another college student she met during her internship (good example of networking in action!).
We could have talked all morning (the benefit of a 3 hour class session) but we held it to about an hour and fifteen minutes or so. Hopefully, along the way I answered some questions you might have about how the business works. So often it amounts to working hard at being a better writer and gathering a group of other talented, hard-working people around you so you can all rise together.
Dr. Rosanne Welch is a television writer with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. She also teaches Television Writing and the Art of Film at San Jose State University.
Rosanne discusses what made shows like Beverly Hills 90210 compelling, what to do and not to do when attempting to pitch a show to broadcast or streaming, what most young writers neglect in their writing process, and much more!
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