Script for TV Show

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Open up with Sarah, mid twenties driving in her car in Memphis, TN. Radio is playing a local Christian station. DJ speaks
DJ
That was (generic Christian band) with (generic Christian song). What a great group of guys, you know I met them at the Dove Awards last year, and they told me a wonderful story of how two years ago on their way to perform at a youth rally in Alabama, their tour bus broke down. Instead of calling someone, the guys gathered around and prayed that the bus would work…
SARAH (to the radio)
Please don’t.
DJ
And I do I have to tell you what happened?
Sarah has since pulled into her parking space at Metro Christian School. She turns off the ignition and the radio cuts off. She hops out of the car and walks toward the school building.
SARAH (to herself)
Charlie, I am sincerely sorry… no, I apologize for… Mr. Lansing, I… why am I apologizing when I haven’t done anything wrong?
Andy, 18 years old, student body president, comes from behind without Sarah noticing
ANDY
So what exactly is it that you haven’t done wrong, Ms. Hurley?
SARAH (startled a bit)
Oh, Andy… its nothing you need to worry about…
ANDY
Oh, I’m not planning on being worried about it. I just like to stay updated in the continuing high stakes drama that is Hurley vs Lansing.
SARAH
What is that supposed to mean, Andrew?
ANDY
Well, my dad’s on the board so I hear things, and I know that were it not for the impeccable AP test scores your students get, you probably wouldn’t be here any longer.
SARAH
Well, truth be told, it has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Lansing and I
ANDY
Me
SARAH
What?
ANDY
Mr. Lansing and me
SARAH
Andy I don’t need you to correct my…
ANDY
I’m just saying if you’re an English teacher you should probably, you know, use correct grammar
SARAH
Well, it has nothing to do with Mr. Lansing and me
ANDY
Really?
SARAH
Yep
ANDY
You know I hear things…
SARAH
Yeah
ANDY
My dad’s on the board
SARAH
So you said
ANDY
And he tells me things
SARAh
I have no doubt
ANDY
So, I know that you’re about to go have a chat with Mr. Lansing that most likely has to do with the editorial that ran in the Appeal on Sunday, and that this is probably your second strike, and at the rate that you’re going right now, I’d say it won’t be too long before you wiff at the curveball in the dirt.
SARAH

Andy, none of this is any of your business. Now I appreciate your concern but I really could do without another person trying to convince me that I’m gonna be fired ‘cause I….
ANDY
Ms Hurley….
SARAH
don’t conform to this “God Bless America” “Jesus hates the terrorists” “God loves our infallible capitalist society” Christianity that seems to flood this school like a “tsunami from God” that the o so holy Pat Robertson told us, in his unceasing wisdom, was sent to purge south asia of its savage God-less culture.
ANDY
You finished?
SARAH
Wow, did I just totally go turbo on you?
ANDY
Yeah, but its fine. (Beat) Let me help you.
SARAH
Andy you don’t have to… he cuts her off
ANDY
I’ve got the connections on the board, and I think you’ll find, despite my prestigious position as Metro Christian School’s Student body president, and my father’s position on the board, that my ideology is not quite that far from yours. (beat) I can help you Ms Hurley.
At this point, SARAH and ANDY stop walking and are standing in front of Mr. Charlie Lansing’s office.
SARAH
Ok, Andy. We’ll talk later. Right now, I’ve gotta go get this over with.
ANDY
Yeah
SARAH
I’ll see you in 4th period
ANDY
All Right.
Bell rings
Good luck.
SARAH
Thanks
SARAH enters CHARLIE’S office.
END SCENE
SCENE 2
CHARLIE LANSING sits at his desk with a newspaper in hand, peaks over it as SARAH walks into the room. She immediately begins her apology.

SARAH
Charlie…I just want to say that….
CHARLIE
Sarah, save it
SARAH
But, if you just give me a second I can
CHARLIE
Siddown Sarah.
Reads from newspaper
“while calling itself ‘Christian education’, metro, and other schools like it preach neither the ideals of Christ, nor do they truly educate the students, especially in the area of the sciences. Creationism is the only curriculum in Biology, while in Literature class, books are banned for content regardless of artistic merit, and history is neutered of anything revealing the evils that have occurred in the name of Christ”
(beat)
Sarah, did I not make it abundantly clear to you after your last incident that you were on thin ice and that this kind of thing would not be tolerated?
SARAH
Sir, like I said, I apologize for not letting you know that this editorial was coming but…
CHARLIE
You apologize? (talking over her)
Sarah, the least of the issues here is your not letting me know beforehand this editorial was coming. The issue here is that you wrote this editorial at all!
SARAH
Yes sir
CHARLIE
This is not just me disagreeing with you here; this is the majority of Evangelicals …
SARAH [She cuts him off]
…who brought us such Christ-like institutions as slavery, manifest destiny, segregation…
CHARLIE
Just because we were wrong in the past about some things doesn’t mean we’re wrong today. Sarah, you aren’t calling in to question a modern day slavery— these are issues central to our faith. (beat) Now you’re an excellent English teacher and I don’t want… I would hate to lose you, but you’re going to have to keep quiet about this. You and I have some different beliefs, and I’m okay with that, but the people sending us money aren’t nearly as understanding as I.
SARAH
Yes sir.
CHARLIE
I sent (Teacher) to cover for you ‘til we were finished in here. I’ll take care of the board and we’ll get this behind us… but you’ve got to quit pulling stunts like this.
SARAH
All right. …. I apologize again
CHARLIE
Go teach. That’s what we’re paying you for.
SARAH
Yes sir.
END SCENE

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