Kicking back after an action-packed week of travel and water fun - here are a few items of note about tv series out on the edges of televisionland. The Hollywood Reporter reports JJ Abrams is looking to helm a new medical series for HBO to be told from the prospective of cancer patients. I wonder if it will be anything like Movie Central's Terminal City?
As much as I'm a fan of Maria Del Mar, I found T City so difficult to watch. I know cancer isn't supposed to be fun or pretty, but when I turn on the tv most times, I want to be taken somewhere other than 'downerville'. Like a Victoria Secret's Xmas runway show for example...
The other news is from AMC...they're breaking into the original programming game in a big way with not just the previously mentioned edgey original series 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad', but now a remake of 'The Prisoner', a cowboy miniseries called 'Last Horseman', and from Walter Hill, a Western-themed one hour series.
Another stab at a Western...yeeesh. When's the last time there was a hit series in this genre...does 'Deadwood' count? Was 'Lonesome Dove' ever considered a hit?
It's intimidating to read the pilots generally going to the Abrams or the Kelley's or the Milch's or the Walter Hill's...makes the notion of breaking in with something on your own seem so unlikely. Somehow partnering up with one of these 'names' feels like a far more plausible and realistic way in.
The furthest I've ever gotten trying to develop a series in LA was done in partnership with Richard Donner and his company. And not that there was ever that much interaction with Mr. Donner (mostly his development execs), but his name opened some doors and got it looked at.