Re: Hey quick question...
In general, on most shows it takes about one week to two weeks to break a story. That means the writers work together in the writerís room on the A and B stories, what theyíre about, how they are plotted, what the theme is, etc. (In our case, this period is where all backstory elements would be discussed and decided upon.) At the end of the period you have the beats of the episode. Itís pitched to the showrunner, who makes adjustments to the story, and then the writer goes off to write the outline.
It probably takes a day or two to finish the outline. The showrunner reads it, gives notes, and the writer does a second pass on the outline. After the showrunner reads it, the writer works on the first draft. That takes about a week or two. After the showrunner reads it and gives notes, the writer works on the second draft. That can take a couple of days to a week. Then they turn in their second draft.
From there, the script goes out to production, the director, the studio and the network. Within a day or two everyone will call in with their notes, and a revision will go out usually within a day. Thatís generally the last major pass on the script, and anything other revision is usually minor.
So getting a script to this stage is about four to six weeks.
Most TV shows allow about seven business days for script prep and then seven business days for shooting. (This is the production phase.) Thatís another three weeks. Post production is then another two weeks to three weeks.
When an episode airs, itís generally been nine to twelve weeks of work.