Creating memorable characters!

Walter White, Tony Soprano and Don Draper are three of our favorite antiheroes to emerge from the last decade of television. What is it exactly about these three complex and often threatening characters that draws audiences in?  Perhaps the answers can be traced back to their pilot scripts.  

Before he was Tony...he was Tommy. Read the August, 1997 pilot episode for the HBO drama The Sopranos. Pre-production for the pilot commenced in the summer of '97, a year and a half before the series premiered on January 10, 1999. It was written and directed by series creator/executive producer David Chase. This sample pilot is for educational purposes only.

This is the pilot draft dated 05/27/05. Studio executives wanted the Walter White character to be played by John Cusack or Matthew Broderick. Both actors turned down the role. Originally, Walter White was to be 40 years old. AMC requested his age be changed to 50. They thought 40 was too young for the crisis that Walt was facing. This sample pilot is for educational purposes only.

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is the first episode of the first season of the American period drama television series Mad Men. It first aired on July 19, 2007, on AMC, and was written by creator Matthew Weiner and directed by Alan Taylor. Production for the episode took place in New York City and Los Angeles. This sample pilot is for educational purposes only.

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