Friday, June 26, 2009

This Ought to be Fun

MTV has got a bundle of new programs in the big incubator, including this one:

The MTV mothership announced its slate of in-development programming this week, and among the titles announced is one particular project that should pique the interest of comic book fans.

“The Awesomes” is described as an animated half-hour series created by “Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers and fellow SNL-er Mike Shoemaker that “follows an unassuming superhero and his cohorts as they battle evil villains, the paparazzi, and a less than desirable reputation as bumbling losers.”

The series will be produced by SNL chief Lorne Michaels’ production company, Broadway Video, with Meyers and Shoemaker serving as co-creators and co-writers ...

I'm assuming that the WGA will be repping the writers on Awesomes, since the company producing it will be Broadway Video. I have no idea who will be boarding, design work, conceptual art, etc.

If it's done out of New York, I have my doubts about the artists having any union representation. But we'll know the answer to that in the fullness of time.


Anonymous said...

Frankly, it sounds like an "Incredibles" ripoff to me. Or worse - an "Incredibles" parody.

Anonymous said...

Why does it even have to be a question whether or not the artists will be union if it is a WGA-written show. The WGA should not produce the show if the rest of the crew isn't unionized. Why is this even an option? For all the union bluster being screamed from the rooftops of SAG and the WGA this past year, you would think they would insist all below-the-line productions they write for are union. And don't give me that 'it's just the way it is, crap' because it doesn't fly. Union brotherhood?

Steve Hulett said...

Partial unionization, it happens all the time.

Actors are almost always SAG. Shows are usually DGA and WGA. Below-the-line? Far more now than two decades ago when 40-50% of overall production was non-union as far as the IATSE-covered work was concerned.

Not a lot of union brotherhood these days. Sadly.

Anonymous said...

The WGA should not produce the show if the rest of the crew isn't unionized.


Anonymous said...

Gee, didn't Patric write for that one?

Anonymous said...

Yes he did, and I believe he's coming back for the revival.

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