ABC is taking some of the biggest creative swings this pilot season with several intriguing titles in the works. Below, the network’s scripted development chief Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs gamely answers our burning questions about some of this year’s most buzz-worthy projects…
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So is Poe pretty much what it sounds like from the logline?
PATMORE-GIBBS: It has an element of Guy Ritchie’s version of Sherlock Holmes, an element of steampunk and a real sense of fun. This is before Poe’s darkest days. He has a sense of humor; he’s a believer surrounded by skeptics. The show in some ways bears a resemblance to Castle. One supporting character is a female who works at a newspaper, another, one of the first African-American doctors [both are fictional]. They’re people who are always being underestimated in society.
Poe wasn’t the most attractive guy. Will ABC have a sexy Poe?
Certainly it will be someone with a larger than life personality… hopefully charismatic … and attractive … we’re literal about his work, but not about his looks.
And since The Incredible Hulk reboot wasn’t among the fall drama pilots, is there a chance of it being shot for midseason?
We always knew from the beginning it would be pretty much next year, due to everybody’s schedules. We haven’t seen [a script] on it yet. We would love to have a go at it early for next season [2012-13].
In terms of getting a series pickup, Charlie’s Angels has to be the closest thing to a lock, right?
Nothing is ever a lock. It’s going to be super stylish and fun. It’s all about execution now. The casting is huge here. We want to make sure these girls demonstrate personality and soul and not just looks and fighting skills.
You have two titles with the word “bitch” in them. Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 is definitely growing on me. Will you have to change it?
That is a big debate. We love that it’s provocative and it’s so indicative of the show. The whole show is sort of audacious and slightly off-color, but it’s really relatable. Still, we don’t want to become the “A-Bitch-Company,” that’s not our big goal.