THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2016 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC DRAMAS

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Model Woman

Logline: Set in the late 1970s during the notorious Model Wars and centers on Bertie Geiss – a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling .
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Creators:  (W/EP), (EP), (EP), (D)
Studios: TriStar , Anonymous Content

Period set  shows focused mainly on women have a spotty history. The Playboy Club didn’t really work, and neither did Pan Am. Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt got a greenlight, and some decent reviews, but has yet to air.

Model Woman has Geiss Agency as its epicenter, an that represents the best models of 1977. And the epicenter of the is Bertie Geiss, who runs it along with twentysomethings Elson Geiss and Lonnie Geiss.

There’s a lot of nice period touches, and I’m sure the design will be aces on this one. It also does a good of exploring the sexism pervasive in the era. But there just isn’t much narrative drive here. Mad Men, it could be argued, also had a languid pace and low stakes. But the dialogue on that show was transcendent, and looking back on the pilot, it was setting up so many things. The same might be true of Model Woman, but this is network tv, and you can’t slow play drama in a network world (Empire burns through story like the sun is going to implode the Earth in the next year, and they must get every ridiculous plot twist out there before that happens.

Anyway, nice writing, interesting subject, I just don’t see it as a series.

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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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