'Supernatural' creator making smart-drug super-hero show for USA
USA Network just announced a big slate of new shows in development that include some pretty high-concept ideas. One is about smart-drug that turns an ordinary man into a superhero. Another is a marijana business drama set in Colorado. And yet another goes behind the scenes of a fictional action-hour TV series in 1981.
The full official loglines of each show are below, with producing talent including Charlize Theron (Monster), Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally), Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
Some of the interesting concepts at first blush include that superhero show, which is called Amped and is from Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and based on characters from an upcoming DC Comics title. The logline: “When a neurotic family man buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, he gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. The project examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life super hero.” The concept sounds a bit like the series version of the film Limitless that’s at the pilot stage at CBS, but one suspects the show’s execution will be pretty different.
The pot drama could also make headlines. It’s called Mile High and it’s from Josh Parkinson (Eastbound & Down). The pitch goes like this: “Two best friends, a Wall Street broker and a struggling entrepreneur, team up to capitalize on the newly legalized cannabis enterprise in Colorado. The series follows the young duo as they enter into this highly lucrative growth industry, but their new venture is not without its obstacles such as dangerous criminals and stringent law enforcement.”
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