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Adapting the British Hit for American Television

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number WRTNG-UG1509
Section 001
Instructor D.B. Gilles
Days M
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U



Adapting The British Hit For American TV will give students the opportunity to choose a current British show, comedy or drama, and adapt it into a Pilot script for an American television program. There’s a long history of British TV shows that made their way across the pond into the hearts of American audiences – and some that didn’t quite connect. Some of those that did: Til Death Do Us Part (All In The Family), House of Cards, The Office, The Thick of It (Veep) and Shameless. Some shows that misfired: Fawlty Towers (Amanda’s By The Sea), Free Agents, Coupling, Blackpool (Viva Laughlin) and Life On Mars. For the first few weeks, the class will view a number of British shows that succeeded and failed in America. Lectures and discussions will get into “Why” these shows worked or didn’t. Each student will then be given the chance to pick a British show, come up with storylines, an outline and first draft of a script.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)