Writer/producer Bryan Fuller (“Heroes,” “Pushing Daisies”) and director/producer Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “The Usual Suspects”) are teaming up with NBC and Mark Bozek, formerly of the Home Shopping Network, to create an hour-long dramedy series of Augusten Burroughs’ “Sellevision.” The novel follows the inner-workings of a fictional home shopping channel, but the series will be less of a satire of HSN and more of a grounded series. More about the show, and whether or not it’s something to be psyched about, after the jump.
After retiring in 2002, Bozek originally planned to make the novel into a film with Kristin Davis and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, according to Variety. The project failed to get off the ground, and was re-imagined into a TV series when both Fuller and Singer approached Bozek independently about making a sitcom instead.
This kind of show can really go either way. Augusten Burroughs, writer of the source material, is most known for his prior autobiographical book “Running With Scissors.” Though I haven’t read “Sellevision” myself, “Scissors” is an overtly sensational work, a la Brett Easton Ellis or Chuck Palahniuk, and a mediocre one at that, that was adapted into a film in 2006 which was almost unwatchable, though I blame the direction and adaptation more than the source writing.
As for Fuller, he’s had his fair share of hits and misses. He’s best known for the show “Heroes,” which most agree has declined considerably in the last season or two. However, Fuller also created a couple of short-lived television gems: one, “Pushing Daisies,” was a remarkable show with whimsical writing and superb art direction that was simply unable to scrounge up a reliable fan base. The other, “Dead Like Me,” was Showtime’s “Final Destination” + charm, though ultimately, too many plot holes and logistical errors to follow. Both shows were axed after two seasons, but the former is being adapted into a comic series that may eventually become a film, if all goes according to Fuller’s plan.
If you ask me, “Sellevision” is kind of a wild card. With Bozek on board, it’ll have some real authenticity and heart, and the two Bryans, with their collected experience, certainly know how to add charm and pizazz, but will it be enough? There’s also the concern that all involved may have a little too much on their plates. In fact, Fuller has another sitcom in the works with “No Kill,” a comedy about a humane animal shelter.
I wholeheartedly trust NBC’s judgment, especially of late, so I will definitely be on board once the pilot finally airs. As to whether or not the show actually makes something of itself, we’ll just have to wait and see.