THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2016 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC DRAMAS

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the jury
The Jury

Logline: Series follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of hte individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgement, and how their preconceptions change along the way.
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Creators:  ( / EP), (W/EP), (EP), (D)
Studios: ABC Studios , Sony Pictures

Let me start with a personal anecdote: I am LOVING The People vs. OJ Simpson. I haven’t had a “need to watch every episode” show like this since Mad Men left the air. It really deserves all the Emmys, since it could have gone wrong in so many ways. If Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance don’t win Emmys, I’ll be sickened.

That being said, this week’s episode was the weakest yet. It focused a lot on the jury. The problem is we don’t have any emotional attachment to the jury or really any pre-conceived notions of them from our memory. So the writers had to work extra hard to get us the viewer to connect with the episode. It basically had to draw us in by saying, “You could have been a part of this group. And this is what you would have had to put up with.”

So ABC’s pilot The Jury has a bit of a stacked deck against it. Group dramas with no hint of comedy, like ABC’s failed series Lucky 7, are tough to pull off. You have to give us snippets of each people, then establish the relationship between them, then give us a bigger reason to care.

I’m not going to go into the plot specifics of this pilot, but I’ll just say it didn’t really connect with me. It had the requisite flashbacks to flesh things out, it had disagreements in the present, it had some reveals teased in the logline. What it didn’t have is me caring. And that might be a function of a jury being too large. Or it might be the pilot focused much more on plot points than on character.

The other thing I’ll say is that Making of a Murderer and Serial might have ruined fictionalized trials for me. Documentarians are getting so good at dramatizing real cases, particularly with the abundance of real audio/video clips, that fiction just doesn’t live up to in anymore. We’re living in a post Law & Order world, folks.

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  1. Something tells me ABC will go with Broken, Presence, Conviction, Time After Time, The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez and, already picked-up, Designated Survivor. Channing Dungey apparently wants to go towards procedurals, so I’m saying pickup 3 producedurals and 3 other series that are more “on brand” with ABC.

    ABC picked up 6 new series last series and it’s safe to assume they’ll pickup 5-6 new series. I just can’t understand in what world (Marvel) ABC would pickup Marvel’s Most Wanted, it has failure written all around. Why not avoid going down that road when all the signs are showing it won’t work?

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