What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV aka Justifying my TV Habit.
P is for Psych
It’s funny. It’s silly. The set up could have been done more seriously (and has been, in The Mentalist) but in a nutshell: Shawn pretends to be psychic and solves cases, when really he is just super observant.
A light touch and a bit of humour go a long way. Psych never fails to make me smile. Okay if you are writing a serious The Killing-esque murder mystery, silly humour may not work, but I’d argue dark humour would. We forget we can bring the fun, sometimes, I think.
Quote: Oh, you mean my pilot's license? That's out back in the Cessna. Or perhaps you're referring to my license to kill. Revoked. Trouble at the Kazakhstan border. I could give you the details but then I'd have to kill you, which I can't do because my license to kill has been revoked.
Could have gone for: Prison Break. Party of Five.