Developing a TV show is a lot like running for president. It’s a very regimented process.
- You hint that you have an idea on whether or not it will work.
- Write a book.
- Suggest you’re looking into the feasibility of an exploratory committee.
- Form your exploratory committee.
- Weeks, or sometimes months, later form your official campaign.
- Actually run.
The folks behind the comic Chew are currently on step 4. Deadline is reporting that Showtime–the network behind Dexter, and, um…yeah, the other Dexter seasons–have bought the Chew TV script. It is currently structured as a “quirky, half-hour TV [comedy].” Quirky, of course, being code for highly original, and completely unclassifiable new shows like David E. Kelly’s Harry’s Law. We talked about step 3 on the podcast during our insanely long episode about Scott Pilgrim Volume 6. We cheerfully described Chew as a demented Pushing Daisies, with strong hopes that the appeal of the comic wouldn’t be limited by the restraints of TV. Well, if there is any place you can curse, kill, and eat brains in relative TV peace it is on premium cable. This, of course, all assumes Showtime decides to support Chew in getting past step 4.