The Walking Dead Pilot: Saying Hello Again to "Days Gone Bye"

Column by Fred Venturini
A craft-based look at The Walking Dead pilot, "Days Gone Bye," examining how time, silence, and intelligent storytelling choices helped create a launching pad for one of the most popular shows on TV.

Breaking Worse? The 'Ozark' Pilot Treads Dark Territory

Column by Fred Venturini
In this breakdown of the "Ozark" pilot, Fred Venturini breaks down how the episode sets milestones for the series, sets an aggressive pace, and uses characterization to build tension.

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

Column by Fred Venturini July 14, 2017
The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.

The Leftovers Pilot: Television Turns Literary

Column by Fred Venturini June 2, 2017
The Leftovers pilot is packed with literary flourishes that carry throughout the entire series. Fred Venturini breaks down the techniques that power one of the best shows on television.

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

Column by Fred Venturini May 25, 2017
Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.

The Violence Yet to Come: Breaking Down the 'Taboo' Pilot

Column by Fred Venturini March 31, 2017
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'

Pilot Breakdown: Beauty and Disarray in Westworld's 'The Original'

Column by Fred Venturini February 2, 2017
A craft-based look at Westworld's pilot, "The Original."