Strangest pick-up for the next American tv pilot season so far:
Title: RICH INNER LIFE OF PENELOPE CLOUD, THE
Studio: ABC Television Studio, CBS Paramount Network Television
Commitment: Cast Contingent Pilot Pick Up
Auspices: Jeff Greenstein (EP, W-Pilot), James Burrows (D-Pilot)
Logline: A comedy series about a woman who is attractive, erudite, imperious, sarcastic, dryly funny and more than a little intimidating. A novelist, critic, and guest lecturer at Berkeley, she’s struggled for fifteen years to deliver the follow-up to her acclaimed first novel, and has blotted out her frustration with a cocktail of antidepressants. She’s also managed to fail in romantic relationships with both men and women: Her editor and ex-lover is now expecting a baby with his new, much younger wife, and as for her ex-girlfriend … well, she discovered she prefers men, so they became best friends instead. She also volunteers as Big Sister to a taciturn Hispanic girl, but becomes so frustrated at their inability to communicate that she tries to return her. Nothing in her life is working — but then, at the urging of her new therapist, she decides to kick the drugs and her emotions reawaken. There’s renewed creativity, along with a doomed pass at a 22-year-old student, bu! t she ends with a creaky sense of optimism about what the new day might bring.