The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas


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Logline: A disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.
Cast: Dallas Roberts, Debby Ryan, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Sarah Colonna, Kimmy Shields, Alyssa Milano, Irene Choi
Creators: Lauren Gussis (W / EP), Ryan Seacrest (EP), Nina Wass (EP), Todd Hoffman (EP), Dennis Kim (EP), Andrew Fleming (D)
Studios: CBS Television Studios, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Storied Media Group

We have an early contestant for most confusing logline with INSATIABLE: A disgraced civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach takes on a bullied client, and that unleashes something upon the world? Miss Congeniality meets Carrie?

We meet through voiceover and a few scenes Bob Anderson, our attorney who moonlights as a beauty contestant coach. Then through more voiceover and flashbacks, we meet Patty, the sharp teenager who feels like an outsider with everyone except her best friend, Nonnie. Bob gets fired for being falsely accused of sexual molestation, Patty goes to jail for punching a homeless guy, and we’re off. Fire up the meet cute!

Most of the rest of the script is Bob preparing Patty for her trial. He treats their interactions a bit like he coached his beauty contestants. The pilot goes off the rails towards the end, with a lot of “Holy Crap” reveals I won’t spoil. But needless to say, the screwed up relationship between Bob & Patty will continue, if this goes to series.

I’ll give the writer Lauren Gussis credit: she goes for it. I’m not surprised she wrote on Dexter. This is one of those pilots that makes you lean in, because it’s not really like anything else on network currently. I’m a little concerned things are too isolated (not many characters to work with beyond Bob and Patty), and that I have no idea where the series is going (I’m sure CW made Gussis pitch subsequent episodes before greenlighting the pilot). This feels like an indie movie starring Ellen Page and John Lithgow from the mid-90s. Will it work as a tv show? That’s the $64,000 question. 

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