Here’s something Louis C.K. wrote in 2006 about the process of making a TV pilot. Honestly, it sounds so painful it’s a wonder anyone wants to make television shows at all. And who better to talk about something as miserable as that than Louis C.K.?
Monday: table read. The network and studio come and watch the actors read the script. Then they give the writers notes. Sometimes the notes are staggering like “We don’t know if the main point of the story is really that good or funny.” And you have to insanely re-invent everything. This is probably not going to be a television show now. Just the worst week of your life.
Fun drinking game: every time you see the word “re-write” appear in this description of the pilot process, take a sip of poison!