Mulling some stuff over the weekend - the old 'what do the networks really want?' question.
During the festival meets, I had a couple of sexy 'pushing the boundries' drama/comedy tv series to pitch. And let it be known that I wasn't really targeting the major networks with these projects, but when the 'what else are you working on?' question came up, I didn't keep my mouth shut. I did the quick and dirty song and dance, and met with the inevitable 'that doesn't seem appropriate for us' response.
But instead of letting it slide, I chose to push a bit. I asked said network reps if they would like to make and air a 'Nip and Tuck'...a 'Big Love'...a 'Rescue Me'...an "Entourage'...a 'Sex In The City' - they answered yes across the board. Then I deftly dovetailed back to my pitches, pointed out some similarities, and then asked what exactly was their definition of 'appropriate'? After much hum and haw, they responded that it would depend on 'execution', and the boundries weren't 'pushed too far'. So you would possibly consider a series like this? I ask. Possibly. And then one began listing some rules of appropriateness (though apparently airing a buy of The Soprano's at 10pm isn't inappropriate - must be the execution)...
What's my point... networks want hits, they want the viewers watching and talking about those hits - in pretty much whatever racy, genre busting, boundry pushing form they may take. So write your show/series the way you want to make it, the way it works best, and make it pop ...and if it catches someone's eye, adjustments can and will be made to make it network appropriate (there will always be 'adjustments' and 'modifications'. That's the nature of the beast).
But in my experience, when decision making people start talking about execution or the rules, it can mean they don't really know what they want, but more than likely, it means they don't really want to work with you(me).
Trying to remain positive...
SONG & ARTIST? - You woke up this morning
Got yourself a gun,
Mama always said
you'd beThe Chosen One.
She said: You're one in a million
You've got to burn to shine,
But you were born under a bad sign,
With a blue moon in your eyes.