Despite all the criticisms heaped upon the medium, television is still capable of nurturing some of the finest writing talent in the entertainment industry. Based on sheer volume alone, the regular writers for a network television show work 6 or 7 days a week approximately 11 months a year.
Yet, while the pace can be grueling, the rewards are often substantial in terms of big salaries and major recognition. Some of the finest television writers, such as James Brooks, occasionally make the leap to writing for the big screen.
How does an aspiring writer get in the door? Unfortunately, it is difficult to submit spec scripts to television shows without an agent. Some shows do accept un-agented submissions, but they are in the minority. Many shows have intern positions which can provide valuable experience and access for the aspiring writer.