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How to Pitch a Drama



Darcy’s Town: Pride and Prejudice retold in a small Virginia town.
Deliverance Creek: Explores how far one woman will go to protect her family after the Civil War.
Devious Maids: Five ambitious maids work for Beverly Hills rich and famous.
Finding Love: Jennifer Love Hewitt offers honest romance tips and comical personal experiences.
Flesh & Blood: Girl from wrong side of tracks infiltrates powerful New York family.
HR: Uptight HR director sustains head injury, altering workplace outlook.
Mrs. G’s Bigger Love: Success of fictional polygamist blog forces housewife to pretend.
Paranormal Housewives: Inspired by real-life SoCal group of pro investigators.
Prisoners’ Wives: Four women cope with the men in their lives serving time.


Blackwood: Teen girl investigates sudden disappearance of 114 people.
Scream: Based on Scream film franchise.
Unraveling: Girl hit by car is convinced mysterious crush resuscitated her.


Believe: Girl possessing powers and a man sprung from prison to protect her.
The Blacklist: Keyser Söze–like criminal (James Spader) surrenders to help hunt the guys he protected.
Bloodlines: Woman abandoned by mercenaries must defeat mother in combat.
Camp: Parents decompress with gin while teens make mischief.
Dracula: Dracula poses as American entrepreneur in Victorian London.
Hatfields & McCoys: Startling death reignites legendary feud.
I Am Victor: John Stamos stars as a Dr. House–like divorce attorney.
Ironside: Paralyzed San Francisco detective finds new ways to fight crime.
The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives: Three close families in the aftermath of a murder.
The Sixth Gun: Mythical gun falls into girl’s hands in the Old West.
Untitled Sachs-Judah drama: Army doctors return and work the night shift together at a San Antonio hospital.
Untitled Secret Service–agent drama: Agent’s first day throws him into the center of an international crisis.
Wonderland: Clara ventures into Wonderland, whose Queen is now Alice.


Narcos: Life and death of drug lord Pablo Escobar.


The Affair: The ways an affair disrupts two marriages.
Angie’s Body: Shrewd, sexy, lethal woman runs family crime syndicate. Jodie Foster produces.
The Angry Buddhist: A murder threatens to derail a congressman’s life and his two brothers’.
Conquest: Story of Hernán Cortés’s clash with Moctezuma II.
The 4th Reich: Ex-neo-Nazi turns FBI informant and discovers his son leads the Brotherhood; Robert De Niro executive-produces.
The Good Shepherd: Follows family of a CIA operative.
Kings of Midnight: Dark story of pro criminal ring with woman at the head.
Masters of Sex: Research pioneers who set off the sexual revolution.
Ray Donovan: Dark drama about broke fixer for L.A.’s rich and famous.

Sleep No More: A town where the dead keep returning to life.
The Vatican: Mysteries and miracles behind one of world’s most opaque institutions.


Black Sails: Adventures of buccaneer Captain Flint twenty years before Treasure Island.
Fortitude: Arctic town has first violent crime.

Human Error: Conspiracy engulfs two detectives, one human, one artificial.
Incursion: Squad fights hostile alien race.
Marco Polo: Martial-arts epic of adventurer’s years in court of Kublai Khan.
Off Season: NFL’s youngest coach handles harsh competition.
Outlander: World War II combat nurse transported to 1743 must marry Scottish warrior.
Power: New York nightclub owner toes the line of criminality.
Spartacus spinoff: Young Caesar about to begin Roman ascent.
Turf: Charts hip-hop’s birth in seventies Bronx.
Vlad Dracula: Prince of Wallachia evolves from revered ruler to feared vampire.
The White Queen: Story of the women at center of battle for the English throne.


The Almighty Johnsons: Guy learns he and his family are reincarnated Norse gods.
Blake’s 7: Renegades escape prison planet, battle aliens, and become heroes.
Clandestine: Swashbucklers masquerade as part of intergalactic fleet.
Eye of the Dragon: Prince battles evil wizard and rival for throne.
Helix: Team of scientists investigating disease outbreak in Antarctica.
High Moon: Emerging life form causes chaos among moon’s colonizers.

Proof: Son of deceased billionaire parents will reward discovery of life after death.


A Bend in the Road adaptation: Sheriff deals with summer tourists flocking to coastal Georgia town.
Cold Feet: Runaway bride learns how her absence would affect people she loves.
Emperor: Story of a modern mob boss.
Frankenstein: Victor and his monster reunite 200 years later in New Orleans.
HIT: High-school football teammates join Miami PD’s High Impact Team.
The Last Ship: Crew confronts reality that a pandemic has decimated Earth’s population.
Legends: Deep-cover operative who can transform himself for each job.

Lew Archer: Follows sleuth many consider a proto-P.I.
Lost Angeles (a.k.a. L.A. Noir): Crime drama set in the L.A. of the forties and fifties.
Murder in the First: Intimately dissects single murder case, from crime through trial.

Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security: Intel operatives pitted against enemies within and without.
Untitled bounty-hunter drama: Eccentric bounty hunter uses her unusual tactics to get ahead.
Untitled Tim Rackley adaptation: Centers on U.S. marshal driven by thirst for justice.
The Vine: Blogger mobilizes her vast readership to solve crimes.

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