Going back over various notes I have for writing formats for TV and film, the one thing I noticed was a lot of them are vague. Some of the books have been general, and left me to think that this is a mutable formula, but no. After look back on what an actual TV writer said some facts were laid down, and I still needed to figure out some things.
TV hour long drama are five acts (I previously thought three acts). Technically both are right in that you will get a beginning, middle, and end. You also are on average 55-60 pages for an hour-long show.
What you als need to factor in is that you have an A, B, and C storyline in those 55-60 pages. A is your main character’s story, it is in every act/ B is the secondary story, and appears in all the acts. C is your third story, and may have three scenes total.
This does not yet factor in the Teaser and Tags. Teaser is the start of the story. Tag is the end. So I tried to figure out how to format a TV script by page numbers. I’ll post in Part two of this to not make such a long post.
Happy creative endeavors.