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How old is too old for specs?
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - reddit
I've heard that writing a spec for a canceled show is not a great idea, but I wonder if there aren't some situations where it's doable. On a personal level, I was very unhappy with the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise. A lot of people were. Writing a spec for a show that was notorious for bad ratings, and was canceled because of it, seems at first glance like a waste of time. No one wants to read a spec for a crappy show, right? I wouldn't. Not unless there was a hook.
I'm watching the finale now, as I had missed it when it originally aired. While the first three seasons of Enterprise had their problems, the fourth season was very good, and it deserved to live longer than it did based on it's strength. They were good characters with a good setting, they just needed better vision to lead to better stories, and season four had that. So what is a person to do?
Write a spec; rewrite history. Write a new finale for Enterprise. Is it a waste of time, or a ballsy attempt to show off what I can really do? A bit of both, and it's on my spec list as of right now.
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