Washingtonienne (2009 TV Movie)
Straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester) are codependent best friends in their late 20s who have spent the last ten years acting more like wives than friends: they talk to each other on the toilet; they drive each other to the doctor. And as with any good marriage, they're a perfect yin and yang. Until the night Paige meets Tim (Brody
“He and Teddy butt heads throughout the episode and it leads to a faceoff,
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The truth is, all year long, broadcast and cable networks hear pitches from writers and producers, which they then commission into actual scripts. Every winter and spring, they order some of these scripts to "pilot," which means the show is cast and a "pilot" episode is shot.
This does not mean that the show is necessarily ever going to make it on air. Pilots are ordered precisely so the networks can decide whether they want to invest in them. From the pilot, they can see how the show looks, whether or not it "works," and whether casting changes are necessary. Case in point, last year Fox passed on Ron Moore
"Number" centers on a woman who treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter.
Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan wrote the script, based on Karyn Bosnak's book.
Sam Dickerman and Adam Milano are overseeing the project for the studio.
British director Mylod helmed "Ali G Indahouse" before moving stateside with HBO's "Entourage," on which he was a director and co-executive producer. He worked on Showtime's "United States of Tara" and recently finished "Washingtonienne," the HBO comedy pilot exec produced by Sarah Jessica Parker.
The project is based on a book of the same name which saw Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman compile 58 bad boyfriend stories. Obst saw the book and realized it would make a great hook for a movie. She then enlisted Fogel and Lefkowitz, who wrote the Sarah Jessica Parker HBO pilot "The Washingtonienne," to come up with a movie story.
The take sees a woman getting dumped during her engagement party, causing her friends to spring into action and whisk her away on a ski trip for healing and hedonism. Four flashbacks dealing in "worst ex-boyfriend" tales, threaded by the adventures on the ski trip, follow.
"It's a story of how women help each other," said Obst. "And we do that by telling stories.
The Daily Beast predicts this promising crop of young actors will hit the big time this year. From Lenny Kravitz’ daughter to Michael Cera’s girlfriend, meet the class of 2009.
Yes, you’ve seen Channing before. He was in the teen dance-off Step Up, the Queens indie A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and the Iraq soldier drama Stop-Loss. But 2009 is going to be the Year of Tatum. (You heard it here first.) He will star opposite Big Love’s Amanda Seyfried in Dear John, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel to transition to the big screen—basically, this year’s The Notebook. Then he appears in Michael Mann’s 1930s gangster noir,
On Thursday, the pay cable network picked up to series two comedies: "How to Make It in America," toplined by Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk, and the Jason Schwartzman starrer "Bored to Death."
They follow the Wednesday series order for another male-centered comedy, "Hung," starring Thomas Jane.
Both "How to Make It" and "Bored" are said to have received eight-episode orders.
"How to Make It" marks the third series on HBO from Stephen Levinson's Leverage and Mark Wahlberg's Closest to the Hole, whose other two shows on the network -- the drama "In Treatment" and the comedy "Entourage" -- recently landed Golden Globe nominations for best series.
The show revolves around Ben (Greenberg) and his friend Cam (Rasuk), enterprising twentysomethings who hustle their way through New York determined to achieve the American dream.
Shannyn Sossamon and Scott "Kid
Lefkowitz and her writing partner and co-star, Susanna Fogel, first gained notoriety with their wry YouTube videos in which they filmed themselves looking for parking, going for fast food, and complaining about the early picket line hours during the WGA writers' strike.
Less than a year later, Lefkowitz and Fogel came up with the eponymous series, Joni & Susanna which is now a part of the original programming line up on TheWB.com, Warner Bros' video-on-demand website.
Lefkowitz talked to AfterEllen recently about her new show and its depiction of the darker side of women's friendships; lesbian films; and why being gay isn't interesting enough to be the focus of her work.
AfterEllen: Congratulations on your
"Washingtonienne," based on Jessica Cutler's book, revolves around the professional and personal lives of three smart, sophisticated 28-year-old girls working on Capitol Hill.
Dohring will play Spencer, a senior legislative assistant for the same senator for whom Jackie (Rachel Taylor) works. Burton will play Joy, the senator's put-upon personal assistant.
Dohring ("Veronica Mars") is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Joel Stevens. Burton ("What Just Happened?") is repped by Gersh Agency and Principal Entertainment.
"America" centers on two enterprising downtown twentysomethings (Bryan Greenburg, Victor Rasuk) who hustle their way through New York determined to achieve the American Dream.
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