Sometimes it's difficult to feel sorry for TV writers. Even during the ongoing era of Peak TV, much of their work has been unremarkable at best. For every Ghosts, Abbott Elementary, Yellowjackets or Succession we get more duds than we can recall. Those failures are not always the fault of the writers, but the timeless phrase "if it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage" is always top of mind. How often have you watched episodes of a terrible television program and wondered how it got through the development pipeline, or how much time was spent in a writers' room "perfecting" it, or how much the writers were paid for that?
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