Mid-May is a bittersweet time of year for me. This is when the TV networks announce their new upcoming fall shows. You’ll be hearing about it all week in the entertainment news.
I’ve been trying to create my own TV drama series for the past nine years. Every summer, I’ve pitched an idea, sold that puppy, then written a pilot script.
And by January it’s all over when the network rejects what I’ve written. Nice try, Dave. See you next go-round.
The one time I got outta the starting gate was in 2002. That’s when I jumped every hurdle, my “Kingpin” pilot script got produced, that pilot rocked, and NBC ordered up a six-episode “limited series.” It was broadcast in the spring of ’03.
Alas, “Kingpin” didn’t go any further than that. And I haven’t had a pilot script produced since then. It’s like a milk-bottle ring toss at a carnival run by Satan. Feels impossible to win.
Still, “Kingpin” happened, and it was the thrill of my life producing that show. I am so grateful to have had that adventure. I haven’t watched the show in years. But it turns out actor Shay Roundtree (“Junie”) – or his people – have put up a 7-minute reel of “Kingpin” clips on YouTube.
Check it out, won’t you? Get a taste of what I’m about as a storyteller.
Shay was great in the show, and so was Brian Benben.