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It was only a month ago that we learned that HBO had picked up a new comedy called Video Synchronicity, brought to the subscription cable realm by Social Network and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher. Soon after the series order was announced, Video Synchronicity went into production, but now it looks as if there are major problems with the series. On Thursday, in fact, all of the cast and crew on the comedy were told to pack up and go home.
Typically when people are told to leave the set abruptly, it’s not a good sign. When everyone was sent home, the network informed them that HBO hopes to review the footage and figure out a plan for the future of the show by early next week, hopefully Monday. Still, sending the cast and crew home at this juncture is incredibly strange move. Four episodes of the comedy have already completed production already, and sending people home while they are quite literally in the middle of production doesn’t seem to bode well for a drama that has already dealt with a few other problems.
We’ve already seen a title change for Video Synchronicity, which early on rolled with the project name Living on Video. The Killing’s Tyler Ross was also initially the lead in the project, but he was replaced by Red Band Society lead Charlie Rowe (also known as the kid who tested for Spider-Man). It’s not uncommon for tweaks like these to be made early on in the life of a TV series; regardless, sending people home is a beast of a different nature.
It may not be all bad news, however. A source told THR that Video Synchronicity may simply be retooling before it moves forward again. HBO is expected to review the first four episodes of the comedy before deciding whether or not to move forward. If it does continue moving forward, the series is set to follow science fiction nerd and college dropout Robby, who falls backwards into the burgeoning music video production industry after moving to Los Angeles. Fincher is on board to direct and executive produce; he also conceptualized the comedy series and will write alongside Bob Stephenson and Rich Wilkes.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first series Fincher has tried to accomplish for HBO. He's talked about doing an L.A. Confidential-style series with the network, before. Then, this past fall, Fincher was attached to Utopia, an HBO drama based on the British crime thriller with the same name. Like a lot of directors, Fincher frequently has multiple ideas forming at any given time, but this one seems to have fallen by the wayside in favor of Video Synchronicity. We’ll let you know if the latter series gets back on track or ends up being dropped by the network, as well.