HBO Orders Pilot for Ryan Murphy’s Sexual Drama OPEN

     April 11, 2013


Prolific television writer/producer/director Ryan Murphy is adding yet another potential series to his plate.  Murphy co-created and serves as executive producer on three shows at the moment—Fox’s Glee, FX’s American Horror Story, and NBC’s The New Normal—and now he’s setting up a new pilot at HBO.  Per THR, the pay cable network has ordered the relationship drama Open to pilot, which Murphy penned alongside Dexter’s Lauren Gussis.  The potential series is described as “a multi-character exploration of the complex, ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships.”

Given the sexually-charged nature of Murphy’s previous shows (most notably the borderline-softcore porn series Nip/Tuck), one can only imagine how far he’ll go on the boundary-pushing HBO.  Murphy is also executive producing the pilot, but it’s unknown if he’ll also serve as showrunner should HBO pick Open up to series.  He is currently gearing up to direct the stage play adaptation The Normal Heart for HBO as well, and filming on the Open pilot is expected to get underway this fall.