• Save the Cat!® Writes for TV

  • The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You'll Ever Need
  • By: Jamie Nash
  • Narrated by: Jamie Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Blake Snyder's Save the Cat!, the world's top-selling story method for filmmakers and novelists, introduces The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You'll Ever Need

Screenwriter Jamie Nash takes up Snyder's torch to lay out a step-by-step approach using Blake's principles for both new and experienced writers, including: 

  • How to write and structure a compelling TV pilot that can launch both your series and your TV writing career 
  • All the nuances, tricks, and techniques of pilot-writing: the opening pitch, the guided tour, the whiff of change, and more 
  • The eight Save the Cat! TV franchise types that will improve your story and your pitch 
  • The not-so-secret TV pitch template that turns your TV series into the necessary read-over-lunch industry document 
  • A how-to in creating layered characters who are driven by complex internal struggles 

Beat sheets of the pilots of Barry, Ozark, Grey's Anatomy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, What We Do in the Shadows, Black-ish, The Mandalorian, This Is Us, Law and Order: SVU, and more to help you crack your story. 

Create your binge-worthy TV series with Save the Cat! Writes for TV.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC (P)2021 Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Blake Snyder would be so proud of Save the Cat! Writes for TV because like all his books, it cuts straight to the truth: No matter where you are in your TV writing career, a newbie or a 25+ year veteran (me), you need to write a fresh, new pilot. Author Jamie Nash uses Blake s life-changing beat sheet and adjusts it for TV s wonkiness. Whether you re writing a comedy or drama for network, cable, or streaming, this book with its thought-provoking exercises, sage advice, and beat sheets from successful TV shows will definitely get you closer to FADE OUT...and quite possibly your own TV show!" (Kriss Turner Towner, Executive Producer, Greenleaf; Consulting Producer, Black Monday, The Soul Man; Co-Executive Producer, The Romanoffs, Everybody Loves Chris, The Bernie Mac Show)

"While I wish it were called Save the Dog!, I believe Save the Cat! can open eyes and demystify some of the biggest challenges TV writers face on that daunting blank page." (Steven Levitan, Co-Creator, Modern Family)

"There's joy in TV Land! As a longtime user and fan of Save the Cat!, I've found Jamie Nash has shifted the focus (without losing the principles) of Blake Snyder s groundbreaking work, creating a whole new way to look at developing television series that's filled with insight, ingenuity, and a generous sprinkling of humor. A new must-read for newcomers to the field and veterans looking to shake up their process." (Paris Barclay, Director/Producer/Writer, Sons of Anarchy, Glee, House, The Good Wife, In Treatment, Scandal, Empire, CSI, Lost, The West Wing, ER, NYPD Blue)

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Indeed! The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You'll Ever Need

This is my favorite book on TV / screen writing ever!!! I have listened to the book while reading it as well on my kindle.
First of all, the fact that the author Jamie Nash, read his own book is just cool, it sounds like a convo with him and it gives the book a lively feel.
Now let’s talk about the most important: the content of the book itself: it is a TREASURY. It is for me THE BIBLE of tv writing and indeed the last book you’ll ever need. I’ve read multiple books on screenwriting, especially for TV, although there are good ones with good pilots analysis out there, Jamie Nash’s book and insights are by far the ones that excited me the most. Jamie Nash clarified the whole 5-act thing (actually act outs like he said), broke down the TV franchises with the Save the Cat genres, the beat cheats, the beat board and every thing in such a clear and engaging way. I love how he always illustrates it with great examples. Why would you need anything else?
The only thing missing is a more detailed summary (ie: the pilot beat sheets, I would have loved to have them listed as sub chapters by pilot title in the summary so i could go ahead and watch / read them ahead of time - but not a big deal, I did it myself ;) This is THE BOOK. I have to say I am grateful especially because it helped me, in a way no one else did, getting a better direction on my own pilot. The franchise types gave me my first breakthrough, as well as the exercises (not only at the end of each chapter but inside each chapter). Huge thanks to the author (and of course Black Snider at the origins of Save the Cat) for this inspiring book!!!!

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Very usefull

I liked how the book applied the save the cat beat sheet to Series and shows.

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get the print version instead

The narration is unlistenable, it's so staccato and awkward that it's difficult to follow the flow of the information. I got the print version as the content is valuable. I wish the author hadn't tried to narrate it himself, and had hired a professional, like the other books in the Save the Cat series have, since I enjoy listening to books on my commute.

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Save the Cat Writes for TV

This book is written perfectly for anyone with a gnawing idea for a story, a movie, or in this case, a TV show - and yet you have NO IDEA where to begin. Jamie walks the reader through writing process including real-time shows and movie examples for clarification. I loved the details, I loved both the Audible version and the hard copy for easy re-reading/ following the steps. I have a new appreciation for the writers of the world, and an even greater appreciation for Jamie Nash’s ability to teach this incredibly detailed process with passion and creativity. Clearly he knows what he’s doing.

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must read

great information! a couple of the jokes were corny but I liked this book.

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Enjoyed this and it is very helpful.

I enjoyed this for a few reasons, Jamie seems like a great and interesting guy who welcomes you the the fold and encourages you, while explaining how to take one step at a time to get SOMEWHERE to produce SOMETHING in this challenging pursuit. He breaks down the beat sheets for some of the greatest TV shows around now. That was cool and helped ground it. This book made me want to go and watch every pilot ever created. In fact I did go and watch a pilot today and thought about the acts. I actually plan to hire Jamie to walk me through this process because he knows his stuff and is generous with his knowledge.
Thanks Jamie!

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Siduation??

I hope I get to work in a writers room with Jamie one day just so I can hear him say "siduation" on a daily basis.

Seriously though, great treasure trove of info on the subject.

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Amazing!

Really awesome breakdown of TV story using the "STC" method! Anyone curious about the writing process should give this a listen. My only gripe with this outstanding, insightful, funny and relatable book... "situation" pronounced as "sidjuation". I know it's probably an accent thing and I'm so sorry I probably sound like an a-hole for even bringing it up, I just loose it every time I hear it, loooool. Don't let it discourage anyone from getting this must have. Please do yourself a favor and buy this book!

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So good I own both print and audio

I'm a longtime fan of Blake Snyder's Save The Cat techniques, using it originally for novels. I plot fiction deeply and the STC beat sheet structure works for me in the planning stages. Now, as I study screenwriting for feature-length film, Snyder's body of work is even more insightful.

I looked forward to Jamie Nash's take on applying STC techniques to television writing and the book did not disappoint. I learned a LOT about the world of writing 30 and 60 minute scripts, with series-long arcs. The delightful surprise was that Nash's work also gave me a new and deeper understanding of the fifteen 15 beats. (Which I thought I already knew quite well.) And just as I use aspects of Snyder's work in novel writing, I will also be applying some of Nash's explanations to my novel planning.

I listened to the audiobook, but also purchased the print version so I can revisit the material in depth. A great addition to my craft library. I highly recommend.

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Yes please

It gives the same, but only different.. *had to* .... Highly recommended book five

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  • Simone Leigh
  • 07-01-21

Fabulously entertaining and informative

I loved this audiobook and have now listened to it three times.

Having worked through to the original "Save the Cat' audiobooks, this one came out with perfect timing as I was considering whether it is practical to turn my existing novels into TV screenplays.

The content was just what I was looking for in terms of translating novel-writing skills into screenplay-writing techniques. Full of actionable advice, the audiobook is entertaining and witty. And the narrator, the author himself, delivered a beautiful reading. I will be looking out for anything else he either writes or narrates.

A full five stars.

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  • Sandra Thompson-Quartey
  • 01-10-22

Very insightful, definitely recommend

I have read Save the Cat so this was a great follow on for me. The examples were very useful and overall it was entertaining. It was great refresher for me and I did learn some new things. Even though I am already familiar with pitch documents it's great that it includes it. It covers more than just writing the script, it covers pitching and practice required.

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