Book Review: The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap by Neil Landau - Raindance

tvrunnersshowrunnersNeil Landau’s descriptive and engaging The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series is a thorough insight into the world of the strongest position in the television industry. This book is a valuable resource for anyone who aspires to work in television, as it provides insight and knowledge for writers, producers and anyone seeking to learn more about the commerce and craft behind creating a successfully television program. Landau demystifies who exactly the showrunner is and what the realities and responsibilities of this enigmatic position from step one, “preparing a perfect pitch” to deepening your successful characters. Landau seamlessly intertwines support for the creative aspects like maintaining flourishing story ideas and the process of developing a series, with business-savvy notes on how to successfully navigate pitch meetings, the network and the writer’s room. His tone is casual, but informed, providing a confidence that exudes from his writing and is delivered to the reader.

His well-organized guidance is extremely well supported with interviews and bits of invaluable, insider knowledge from some of today’s most esteemed showrunners. Interviews include: Vince Gillian of Breaking Bad, Christopher Lloyd of Modern Family and David Shore of House, M.D. amongst many others. Landau is able to integrate lessons of every step of development of a show, including intricate and comprehensive details plot, location, character development, and humour. Landau’s ability to blend his valuable personal experience, practical screenwriting advice, and intimate insight from other members of the industry place The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap high on the “to read” list of anyone seeking to break onto the primetime.