Checking date: 10/06/2021

Course: 2023/2024

Scriptwriting for television II (shows)
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: GALAN FAJARDO, HELENA MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


The aim of this course is the acquisition of knowledge, both theoretical and through hands-on experience, on the diverse formats of TV shows. An overview of the history of these genres, from key shows of the past decades to the most recent ones and, moreover. A focus on well-known examples are part of the curricula, as are the assignments that students must complete, creating excerpts of TV shows, scripts and formats. Students should be able to: ¿ Learn what is a TV show format and script. ¿ Identify the different genres of TV shows. ¿ Create the basics of the dynamics of a TV show format. ¿ Write a TV show script in a fictional way (as monologues, sketches). ¿ Get a global perspective on international franchises of TV shows formats. ¿ Use a critical point of view analyse various TV show genres and formats.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1) A scope on history and the present situation of TV shows. 2) Comedy programs (sketches, monologues, etc) 3) Daytime shows / Late night shows 4) Reality shows 5) Talent/Coach shows. 6) Documentary 7) New formats (hoax, scripted reality, etc)
Learning activities and methodology
1. Masterly Classes Acquiring knowledge about the fundamentals of TV shows, including different genres and global franchises. 2. Practices Analysis and presentations on TV shows, creating and writing basic excerpts of TV shows. 3. Student¿s tasks Presentation of specific TV shows. Writing, both in teams and individually, excerpts of TV shows scripts.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • ANDREJEVIC, MARC. . Reality TV : The Work of Being Watched . Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, . 2004.
  • FEILIZEN, CECILIA VON. Young people, Soap Operas and Reality TV : . Yearbook the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media,. Nordicom, Göteborg University, . 2004
  • SMETHURST, WILLIAM. . How to Write for Television : A Guide to Writing and Selling Successful TV Scripts. Howtobooks, . 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • Toplyn, Joe. omedy Writing for Late-Night TV: How to Write Monologue Jokes, Desk Pieces, Sketches, Parodies, Audience Pieces, Remotes, and Other Short-Form Comedy. Twenty Line Media. 2014
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