teleplay

noun
tele·​play | \ ˈte-li-ˌplā How to pronounce teleplay (audio) \

Definition of teleplay

: a story prepared for television production

Examples of teleplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Threats didn’t faze Grau, who turned out six novels, four collections of short stories and a teleplay in a career spanning a half-century. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Shirley Ann Grau, Metairie author who won Pulitzer Prize in 1965, dies at 91," 3 Aug. 2020 The show’s book is being written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, who wrote the teleplays for Fox TV's Grease Live! and A Christmas Story Live! Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "ZZ Top Musical 'Sharp Dressed Man' Slated to Open in Las Vegas in 2020," 21 May 2019 Slade wrote his first teleplay, The Prizewinner, in 1957, which was sold to NBC and produced in many countries, before moving to Los Angeles in 1964 and eventually landing a job with Screen Gems. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Bernard Slade, 'Partridge Family' Creator and 'Same Time, Next Year' Writer, Dies at 89," 30 Oct. 2019 Famuyiwa directed this week’s episode and co-wrote the teleplay with Christopher Yost, while Chow directed episode 3 and is on track to showrun the upcoming Star Wars live-action series about Obi-Wan Kenobi with Ewan McGregor. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Breaking down The Mandalorian episode 6 cameos, from a Clone Wars vet to Dave Filoni," 13 Dec. 2019 Richard Price of The Wire and The Night Of wrote the teleplay and executive produces The Outsider, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with two hourlong episodes airing back to back. Nick Romano, EW.com, "HBO's first The Outsider trailer brings fresh horrors to Stephen King-based series," 17 Oct. 2019 The play is based on the teleplay by Val DeCrowl and Fenady. Arkansas Online, "Batesville theater students to present Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," 2 Dec. 2019 Jack Thorne, who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, penned the teleplay. Nick Romano, EW.com, "His Dark Materials digi-dictionary: Your guide to the HBO series multiverse," 3 Nov. 2019 Goldman wrote the teleplay and will serve as showrunner. Joe Otterson, chicagotribune.com, "'Game of Thrones' prequel series gets pilot order with showrunner Jane Goldman," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of teleplay

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Teleplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teleplay. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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