What TV Sitcom Writers Should Know About Structure by Bruce Ferber
Film Courage: How is an episode of television structured? Has it changed over the years?
Bruce Ferber, Author/Former Showrunner/Screenwriter: It’s changed over the years because more of the sitcoms are single camera. So in the old days, really in the beginning of the multi-camera (not the very beginning of I Love Lucy) but let’s say when I was working at Paramount, most of those shows would have maybe six scenes and it was only two acts. Today you have three acts and if you’re still on a network with commercials…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).