E! Buys Supernatural Drama To Potentially Add To Scripted Slate
It still weirds me out to type the words E! and scripted program in the same sentence; nonetheless, E! seems to be really pushing the network’s scripted slate. Today, the network bought another scripted project from the writing and directing team of Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who may be best known for the youth-themed film Can’t Hardly Wait. The subject of the duo’s newest TV project is far different from that flick, however.
Kaplan and Elfont’s project is being described as a supernatural romance. The project is currently untitled, but Deadline nabbed the scoop on the drama’s premise. Apparently, the idea is that a successful entertainment lawyer will unfortunately die, but will still work particularly hard to make his affections known to a woman who is among the living whom he . It sounds like there will be a little Dead Like Me in there, too, with the lawyer working in the post-death world that deals with recently departed souls.
With supernatural programs finding a nice home on the newly defined Syfy, as well as finding success on more prominent networks and cable stations than E!, I’m not certain a scripted program of that ilk will be able to bring in big numbers on the reality and news-based network. Still, kudos to E! for giving scripted projects a shot. As cable is continually opening up doors for odder niche programming, if the cable network is going to try scripted shows, now is certainly the time to make the attempt.
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