Thursday, June 14, 2007

Excellent elegies

Well, well, well...

It looks like the monster that GD and I have betwixt us engendered mayhap have...

Sorry, went a bit Garth Marenghi there for a moment.

It seems that a project I dreamt up about a millennium ago (and had the acuity to involve Good Dog in as soon as possible) is beginning to garner some interest in the right kind of circles. Jim H, this is the one I was banging on about in Toronto... ;-)

As some of you may have read over at GD’s pad, our mysterious friend at Granada has made some positive comments about the first episode of a series we’ve concocted. Working with GD on this has been a ball, mainly as his abilities as a screenwriter are phenomenal. I’m sure that much of the door-opening the scripts will hopefully do will be in the main caused by their immediacy and sureness of tone. With GD’s input, the initial concept for the show has been through many tweaks, some of them major, though lots that would take scenes from good to great. Though based on what I thought up several years ago, it would certainly not be anything like the show it is now if GD hadn’t been the kind of writer he is.

Though the concepts behind it all are all quite simple, in some areas, the threads are quite a slow-burn. There are more than a few examples of pulling the rug out from under the audience, and much that will reward the loyal viewer that sticks with it across the projected eighteen seasons (I’m kidding...). Though this may make it all sound a bit of a slave to the ‘series arc’, that’s very much not the case on an episodic basis. Even though the show has been shelved to ‘mature in wood’ (as Adrian Mead would describe it) many times, there has always been something in it that fires us up in the same way that, say, the Sopranos or Heroes would. I think (or hope) that we’re attempting to create the sort of TV that we’d really love to watch. And that alone has us aiming way above most of the fare on UK telly.

Whether or not we’ve hit any of our targets remains to be seen, but it’s already something that has (I think) pleasantly surprised our friend at Granada. Which is nice. ;-)

PS. You all have to sign fifteen million non-disclosure agreements now, so you don’t steal our ideas... :-D

4 Comments:

At 6:29 am, Blogger wcdixon said...

Excellent news...

 
At 6:40 am, Blogger Brian Sibley said...

"...we’re attempting to create the sort of TV that we’d really love to watch."

Well, there's no better or more sure ambition than to write what you would want to read or watch. Good luck!

 
At 9:25 am, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

Of course, we’re going to have to cram some Space Monkeys in there somehow... ;-)

Thanks for the good wishes, guys!

 
At 7:40 pm, Blogger Pillock said...

Hope your friend at Granada comes through.

 

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