synopses, bios, and... a title!

Television is an interesting world. Getting the "greenlight" to do a show is one thing... telling the world that you've gotten a "greenlight" is another thing.

In our case, we got the "greenlight" weeks ago, but the network hasn't officially announced our show in the press yet. There are a million factors that determine how/when a network will make such an announcement (most of which involve timing and getting the most possible attention for the show and the network). So while Billy and I have been off working on story ideas and character arcs, LOGO has been figuring out those million factors - both for our show and for the other shows they're picking up.

And the good news is, we're about to be officially official!

Of course, before we can be officially official, someone has to write the press release... and before that someone can write the press release, he/she needs three key pieces of information:
-- A synopsis of the show
-- Bios of the key people involved in the show
-- A title for the show

The first two were relatively easy to deliver. The third, however, has been quite a process...

We can't use the same title for the show as I'd used for the short film ("The Ten Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide.") because then we'd be limiting the entire show to just ten rules... and that would be boring. We also can't use the logical variation of that title, "The Rules," for legal reasons. So, we've had to start from scratch to come up with a brand new title.

Billy and I have submitted at least 25 different possible titles to the network (we've come up with many more that we didn't submit). These proposed titles are making the rounds of our show executives as well as a number of other high-level creative executives at LOGO. There's a veritable executive pow-wow going on behind the scenes right now... meetings, emails, discussions, points, counterpoints, etc. And sometime next week, we'll get on the phone with our execs and discuss the titles they like, the titles we like, and together we'll all figure out a name for our show.

So be sure to check back here next week to find out what it is (I'm excited to find out too!). I'll also post a link to the official press release once it's sent out... :-)


Blogger Alana said...

Hm a new title seems to be a rather difficult thing to come up with for something that has already been called one thing for so long. But I'm curious to see your list of rejects! Hehe

Exciting things for all of us. I'm going down to LA to audition for American Idol next month. :) Mostly for the experience... should be fun.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Janice said...

Arghhhhhh!!! You mean the folks who are already familiar with you and "Ten Rules" and "The Rules" might not even recognize it's your show they're talking about when LOGO decides to actually announce the series??? Darn!
Perhaps LOGO will someday actually start showing some new shorts on "The Click List:Best in Short Film" and include "Ten Rules" as a preview for the as yet officially "nameless" series.
I'm giving myself a headache. Ouch.
Anyway, I'm glad things are going forward and always appreciate your updates, Michelle.
I hope your stash of vanilla coffee creamer and toilet paper hasn't run out yet, and that your kitty is well and doing all those things that kitties tend to do.:-)
Good luck with American Idol, alana!

10:01 AM  
Blogger nico said...

ooooooooooh =D exciting...
oh, you should post a list and then tell every title that's not made it to be THE title... i could do my famous luis de funes impersonation to that =D oooooooh.... noooooo... aaaaah..... yessssss... what? ..... noooooo! .... aaaaaaaah.... nooooooo!

well i think it will not work, with posting sad sad sad =D

but maybe you can help me out. i ALWAYS forget the name of the song played in the car " one way... or another... hmmm hmmm hmmm... getschagetschagetscha" =D ... waaaah you know which one i mean... how's it called? and who sings it? please i'm searching for a whole week for that song now *bambieyes

and alana! i hope you'll make it to the show. thank someone miss paradise doesn't need the lobsterclaws anymore! so my fingers will be crossed for you now. and we all know how good i am at that! crossed my fingers for her instead of the american soccer team and what happened? show got greenlight, america was kicked out of the worldcup... you can do the math =D

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Janice said...

waving hand frantically and saying "I know that one!!!!"
The song you are referring to, nico, is "One Way or Another," by Blondie, but I think it's someone else's version in "Ten Rules."
I love that song. Debbie Harry is wonderful!!!!!
I hope everyone is doing fine, especially the wonderful and charming Ms. Paradise. :-)

3:19 PM  
Blogger nico said...

i'm so ashamed... BLONDIE! ... couldn't it be ... "skycloud and the broken trashcans"? or something else that would have been harder to find... and the worst thing is i was been told this a few times before... maybe this final shock will make it stick in my brain forever...

thank you janice, thank you ... i'm so embarrased

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Janice said...

Hi, all! I was googling "Michelle Paradise" ('cause being unemployed and post rotator cuff surgery I have waaay too much time on my hands). I found this on LOGOonline.com, from an article from AFTERELLEN regarding the shorts in the DVD compilation "Watching You." Here's the part about Michelle, followed by the link (I hope!):

"The Ten Rules, a Lesbian Survival Guide, is written by and stars the likeable Michelle Paradise, and is directed by the prolific Lee Friedlander. The two make a powerhouse team, and this film is one of the standouts in the Wolfe collection. The film unfolds at a birthday party filled with attractive Los Angeles 20-30 somethings, where viewers are treated to a mini-lesbian world swirling with friends dating friends who are best friends with their exes.
Jennifer Baker (played by Paradise) looks for love as the story switches between her hysterical narration and the unfolding dyke drama that ensues. Jennifer's search for her dream girl, and her chemistry with ex-girlfriend and partner in crime Sam (the wonderful actress Suzanne Mara) leave viewers wanting to see more of their further adventures in Lesbian La-La land (which may happen sooner than later, as Logo is developing Rules into a new television series). Watch for a heart-stoppingly funny scene as Jen imagines herself disco dancing with her potential dream girl. Made in the USA, the film was the winner of the Audience Award, Best Short Film in the Boulder Gay and Lesbian Film Festival."
The link:

If the link doesn't work, just google "Michelle Paradise LOGOonline.com" should find it easily.

6:57 PM  
Blogger nico said...

"So be sure to check back here next week to find out what it is (I'm excited to find out too!)"

shall i repeat that? i can!!! i just have to paste it!!!

so can someone please explain to me what "next week" means in american english... in europe "next week" means: seven days away from today. this would have been the 23. .... and today there is a 27 on my calender!!! this is 4 days delay... AAAAAAAAH don't tell me about this pile of "work" that you have to do.... I know you stuck your nose to deep into that "vanilla coffeecreamer" i know how you filmpeople are!!!! so just tell: how will the show be named? AND where are the pictures of the toiletpapered pinkpurplewalls?

=D *sigh, that was fun =D

3:00 AM  

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