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Writing for TV ain't easy— coming up with fresh plots on a weekly basis can be tough. Fortunately for writers, most shows follow the same basic format week-to-week, so they don't have to come up with radically different plots every seven days. One of the most popular show types is the "Of The Week" format, in which a core cast of Regular Characters deals with a new problem every week. This combines the stability of a template show with the possibility of new, exciting stories.

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Most of the time, the problem the cast encounters disappears by the end of the episode, never to be mentioned again. It's becoming increasingly common for a show to have an overreaching seasonal Story Arc as well, but writers of the past generally preferred to stay low on continuity; less continuity means it's easier to re-air the show in syndication.

In script terms, the One-Shot Character who comes in with a problem and disappears after is called a client.


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