***Assuming you all would have some questions about this trailer and the TV pilot, I took the liberty of learning telepathy so I’d be able to ask myself the most relevant questions you have in your heads. You’re welcome.***
So, when is the actual full pilot going to be released?
Great question! Unfortunately, I don’t have a full answer yet. But, I can tell you a few things.
There will be a private screening Saturday, September 21st in Burbank, California. There will also be public screenings at a yet to be determined time in both D.C. and Pittsburgh in September.
If you can’t make any of those, there’s always the New York Television Festival from October 21-26. The pilot is one of 47 selected for the Independent Pilot Competition, and it will be showcased there for fans and industry executives.
Is this really based on the lives of you, Panama, and Liz?
Kinda, sorta, but not really. The name of the TV blog and book are the same as in real life. But, while “Brandon” (the character based on me) and “Andre” (the character based on Panama) do share some similarities with us, David Hunter (“Brandon”) and Leo Breckenridge (“Andre”) did a great job of making the characters unique people instead of exact copies of people who already exist.
Also, if it was based on Liz’s life, there would be a lot more Bibles laying around. And orange juice. Bibles and orange juice.
Who is Andrea Thornton?
Andrea is a very talented young screenwriter who also happens to be one of the executive producers. We first met a few years ago at a party while she was a grad student at Carnegie Mellon University. We stayed in touch, and after she graduated and relocated to L.A., Andrea and Earl (the founder of Solo Journey Productions) reached out to Panama and I to option Your Degrees… and turn it into a webseries. We (obviously) agreed and signed our names
in blood. Andrea and I wrote the script for eight six-minute long episodes. (Panama served as our consigliere.)
Wait. Webseries? I thought this was a TV pilot.
It is. When done with the first draft of the webseries, we decided it would be a better idea to shift focus and create a 22 minute long pilot instead. Why? Well, one of the bi products of the success of Issa Rae and Awkward Black Girl is that everyone and their step-momma has a webseries now. Since we aint like everyone else, we did something different.
Was that the guy from Heroes? How did you get him?
I have no idea.
Who are the actresses in the pilot?
Taja Simpson (“Rachel”—the one with the glasses and the, um, dress), Dominique Washington (“Chloe”—the one who “Brandon” attempts to approach), and Aerial Washington (“Chelsea”—the intern).
I know there were a couple more with speaking parts but…I don’t know their names.
Does it feel weird to see someone pretty much playing you on TV?
It didn’t…until 372 different people decided to ask me that question in the past couple months. So, now it does. Thank you.
I know this is “loosely” based on your lives, but did any of the stuff in the trailer actually happen to you?
Yes. A person did actually express to us that we write like we’re better looking than we are. I still don’t know what it means to write “handsome” (or write “ugly” for that matter), but I think it has something to do with prepositional phrases.
Anyway, those are all the questions I was able to conjure. If you have any more, please ask.
Also, let us know what you think. Did you like it? Hate it? Fall asleep during it? Want a phone number from one of the actors/actresses?
(And, regardless of what you think, like/share/tweet the f*ck out of it!)
—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)