I got a large order of books from Barnes and Noble (thank you gift card giving family members!) just yesterday and tucked inside was a FREE (it has it in all caps on the cover, always love free) copy of a pilot for a series A&E picked up. It will be premiering on July 11th.
I assume they sent this to me because they know that we have recently started a production company catering to lesser-known screen-writers, looking for the next-great TV drama. Wait a minute...they sent it because it was FREE and they are promoting their show in a more literate way than normal.
Alright, so we are not producers but I did read it while we traveled to the Greg Brown concert in L.A. I love going somewhere with my parents because Drew and I can sit in the back and read the whole way. Yes, it is antisocial, but they know who we are and love us anyway. It's like riding a train: sometimes you talk to other passengers, but most of the time, you just act like they aren't there because Mrs. Dalloway is so enthralling.
Back to the script: The Glades. Tag line: Sunny with a Chance of Homicide. Yeah, that really is the tag line. I think because I invested enough time to read the script, I will have to check it out when it premieres. It will be interesting to see how the actors and the director interpret what is on the page. Sadly, I don't think this show will capture my imagination. It is not because it sucks, but more because it is not my type of show. I am not so much for the procedural drama. It has all the hackneyed characters, devices, and story arcs that every one of these shows has. The reluctant, but oh so-good-at-what-he-does-detective (can't live without him), the frustrated supervisor, the will-they-or-won't-they romantic interest, oh and the murder, complete with the first suspect you have to rule out because she is the first suspect.
What is interesting and new in this particular script for a procedural: an alligator autopsy. I mean, if they are going to do that every week, I will have to tune in. Wait, if they do that every week, I will get bored and the alligator autopsy will be the new frustrated supervisor. Hmmm...yeah, it doesn't have a chance of being viewed on a regular basis in this house. But they don't make these shows for nothing...there will be an audience somewhere for this thing.