what to spec

the writing programs require specs of shows currently on the air, but the warner brothers writers’ workshop has a further requirement that the show be in its second season.

that means if you want to write a spec for the mindy project, ben and kate, elementary, revolution, or any new show, you’ll have to submit it to the other writing programs this year.

some writers don’t like that rule, but it saves you from writing a spec for a show like last resort that won’t be coming back.

the shows are on a drop down list on the wb website, but here it is as plain text:

30 Rock ; Comedy

90210 ; Drama

Alphas ; Drama

American Dad ; Comedy

Anger Management ; Comedy

Archer ; Comedy

Army Wives ; Drama

Awkward ; Comedy

Being Human ; Drama

Better or Worse ; Comedy

Blue Blood ; Drama

Boardwalk Empire ; Drama

Bob’s Burgers ; Comedy

Body of Proof ; Drama

Bones ; Drama

Boss ; Drama

Breaking Bad ; Drama

Breakout Kings ; Drama

Burn Notice ; Drama

CSI ; Drama

CSI Miami ; Drama

CSI: NY ; Drama

Californication ; Drama

Castle ; Drama

Chuck ; Drama

Common Law ; Drama

Community ; Comedy

Cougar Town ; Comedy

Covert Affairs ; Drama

Criminal Minds ; Drama

Curb Your Enthusiasm ; Comedy

Dallas ; Drama

Dexter ; Drama

Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 ; Comedy

Drop Dead Diva ; Drama

Eastbound & Down ; Comedy

Enlightened ; Drama

Episodes ; Comedy

Fairly Legal ; Drama

Falling Skies ; Drama

Family Guy ; Comedy

Franklin & Bash ; Drama

Fringe ; Drama

Futurama ; Comedy

Girls ; Comedy

Glee ; Drama

Gossip Girl ; Drama

Grey’s Anatomy ; Drama

Grimm ; Drama

Happy Endings ; Comedy

Hart of Dixie ; Drama

Hawaii Five-O ; Drama

Hell on Wheels ; Drama

Homeland ; Drama

Hot in Cleveland ; Comedy

House ; Drama

How I Met Your Mother ; Comedy

Hung ; Drama

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ; Comedy

Justified ; Drama

Last Man Standing ; Comedy

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ; Drama

Leverage ; Drama

Longmire ; Drama

Louie ; Comedy

Mad Men ; Drama

Mike and Molly ; Comedy

Modern Family ; Comedy

NCIS ; Drama

NCIS: Los Angeles ; Drama

Necessary Roughness ; Drama

New Girl ; Comedy

Newsroom ; Drama

Nikita ; Drama

Nurse Jackie ; Drama

Once Upon a Time ; Drama

Parenthood ; Drama

Parks & Recreation ; Comedy

Person of Interest ; Drama

Political Animals ; Drama

Pretty Little Liars ; Drama

Private Practice ; Drama

Psych ; Drama

Raising Hope ; Comedy

Revenge ; Drama

Rizzoli and Isles ; Drama

Royal Pains ; Drama

Rules of Engagement ; Comedy

Scandal ; Comedy

Shameless ; Drama

Smash ; Drama

Sons of Anarchy ; Drama

South Park ; Comedy

Southland ; Drama

Suburgatory ; Comedy

Suits ; Drama

Supernatural ; Drama

The Big Bang Theory ; Comedy

The Big C ; Drama

The Cleveland Show ; Comedy

The Client List ; Drama

The Good Wife ; Drama

The League ; Comedy

The Lying Game ; Drama

The Mentalist ; Drama

The Middle ; Comedy

The Office ; Comedy

The Simpsons ; Comedy

The Vampire Diaries ; Drama

The Walking Dead ; Drama

Touch ; Drama

True Blood ; Drama

Two Broke Girls ; Comedy

Two and a Half Men ; Comedy

Unforgettable ; Drama

Up All Night ; Comedy

Weeds ; Drama

White Collar ; Drama

Whitney ; Comedy

Wilfred ; Comedy

Workaholics ; Comedy

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One thought on “what to spec”

  1. someone just pointed out that scandal is listed as a comedy instead of a drama, but that’s how its listed on their website! i’m sure they’ll fix it at some point.

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