I'm jazzed to see that my poker crony Heidi Foss picked up a CBC development deal for the family show she pitched on Thursday, and so did Sarah Glinski, whom I know from many a WGC cocktail:
Foss' comedy idea "Four Minutes Apart," about an anti-establishment female stand-up who moves in with her upwardly mobile brother and his family, and Glinski's "Sibling Rivalry," about a young woman's changing relationship with her younger brother, convinced CBC head of comedy Anton Leo at the annual Just For Pitching panel.
The Hollywood Reporter
Every writer I know, and I am no exception, suffers from Gore Vidal-ian envy ("every time a friend of mine succeeds, a little part of me dies"), but this time we knew going in that there was no way the show we were pitching was for the CBC. Let's just say that no one in it is a role model.
Jargon watch: when people talk about "the watershed," they mean the difference between 8 pm and earlier, when kids might be watching, and 9 pm, when if kids are still up, it's their parents' fault. Our show is probably a post-watershed show. Heidi and Sarah's are perfect family viewing.
You go, girls!
Question: In a spec script, which is a more pressing concern? a) That the reader won't be familiar with a certain aspect/plot point of the show necessary to the plot, or b) that the reader will be annoyed by an explanation of said plot point, etc.
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