But I do find this post about show bibles. In it, the author Lee Goldberg references the "Diagnosis Murder Writer Guidelines". I like these guidelines, my only quibble is that much relies on negative direction: "We aren't 'Murder She Wrote'" and the like. But sometimes, if applied with caution, negative direction can be helpful. Especially if it's coupled with positive direction: "Do make the murderer argue with the protagonist."
The most important part of the Bible/Writer's Guidelines is probably this:
Just about everything you need to know about the show you will find from reading the scripts and viewing the episodes we've given you.
At some point I have to kind of wonder what the purpose of a show bible is. Theoretically the pilot is the "bible". But the pilot is frequently so different from the rest of the show -- no matter how much like the rest of the show they try to make it. I sort of agree with the notion of writing the second or third episode as the "pilot" and just getting all that exposition over with.
|I'm the only one bothered by this, right? Obviously his sweater was noisy and they went to a lot of trouble to tape it down. But my eye goes right to hidden mic rigs every time.|