Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 521.1 with guest Paul Robert Coyle is available for listening on demand

Paul Robert Coyle’s Path to Television
Original Airdates: Dec. 18-20, 2020
TVC 521.1: A return visit from longtime television writer Paul Robert Coyle (The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Crazy Like a Fox, Simon & Simon, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Incredible Journeys, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone). Paul’s memoir, Swords, Starships and Superheroes: From Star Trek to Xena to Hercules: A TV Writer’s Life Scripting the Stories of Heroes, is the story of how a young boy from Providence, Rhode Island not only decided when he was fourteen years old that he wanted to write for television, but embarked on that journey at age eighteen and overcame several obstacles before making his first sale at age twenty-five and remaining one of the most reliable writers in television ever since. Topics this segment include how, in some respects, Paul’s path to television began with the series Death Valley Days; his years studying screenwriting with Star Trek writer/producer D.C. Fontana; and how television is an industry built on relationships.

Paul Robert Coyle and Quinn Martin Productions
Original Airdates: Dec. 18-20, 2020
TVC 521.2: Paul Robert Coyle talks to Ed about the importance of adapting to changes in the TV industry; the events that led to the first sale of one of his scripts (the Streets of San Francisco episode “The Honorable Profession”); how writing for television is a step process, and how the Quinn Martin operation embodied that. Paul’s memoir, Swords, Starships and Superheroes, includes many useful tips on how to pursue a career as a professional writer—whether you want to write for television or any other form. Available in paperback and as an eBook through Jacobs Brown Media Group, Amazon.com, and other online retailers.

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