Which means that they’ve greenlit one for 13 episodes and have commissioned a pilot script for the other.
The greenlit (-lighted?) series is called TITANS, created by Peter Mattei, who the last el munchero heard, was a writer for CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL, a ’90s Nickelodeon series that, well, was in fact my favorite show of that era. Ah, Melissa Joan Hart, who suspected you’d grow up to become not only a teenage witch but also
an adult bitch the most politically right wing actor since Charlton Heston?
But munchy digresses. TITANS is about some yutzes in Appalachia who, according to the Hollywood Reporter, seem to be the vilest set of heroes since the hillbillies in DELIVERANCE. (What? The hillbillies weren’t the heroes? They were when I saw it at a midnight show in West Virginia in the backroom of a dingy pool hall.)
WGN’s other attempt to cajole us away from the interwebs is a would-be series called UNDERGROUND, created by Misha Green (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Joe Pokaski (HEROES), and it’s about all those well-meanin’ white folks who helped all those desperate, um, non-white folks get outta the South and live the lives of free men. FWIW, I’d much rather see a series with real heroes doing really heroic deeds than one with off-the-grid ignoramuses who think they’re really the Illuminati, but, hey, UNDERGROUND just didn’t have the pull on the execs’ minds/hearts/souls/wallets? that TITANS did.
But be that as it may, for us starving TV writers, here’s the important thing: These shows are gonna need writers, for either on-air eps or backup scripts, so start dialing your agents’ phone numbers now!
While you’re waiting for an answer, why not settle back and watch this classic film, where the underground railroad types were the $#@!ing bad guys, believe it or not: