A Midwestern sweetheart gets the break of a lifetime just days after moving to LA, but she doesn't bargain for all the pitfalls that come with it, especially the antics of her new roommate - the washed up, former child star of Anna Louisiana.
The 101 is a character-driven comedy in the vein of "Felicity"... if Felicity had gone to UCLA and pursued a career in the entertainment industry with the comedic styling of "Jane The Virgin."
Pilot Presentation + Pitch Sketches
The 101 - A Comedy Series
SERIES LOGLINE: A Midwestern sweetheart gets the break of a lifetime just days after moving to LA, but she doesn't bargain for all the pitfalls that come with it, especially the antics of her new roommate - the washed up, former child star of Anna Louisiana.
PILOT LOGLINE: Navigating life in LA comes with a huge learning curve and getting "discovered" by a talent manager just days after moving to LA could be the answer to Royal's prayers or the beginning of a nightmare when she ends up saddled with his petulant, washed up child star client as a roomie.
Everyone dreams of leaving the nest and making it big one day, whether that's in business, sports or entertainment. For most of us, that dream fades away before ever becoming a reality but what would we do if we had the chance put in front of us? How would we react if we thought we had blown our opportunity early on?
The 101 is a single-camera comedy, set in modern day LA. Navigating life in LA comes with a huge learning curve. For Royal, a college student and hopeful singer-songwriter from the Midwest, getting "discovered" by a talent manager just days after moving to LA could be the answer to her prayers, or the beginning of a nightmare, when she ends up saddled rooming with Scarlet, the newly emancipated, out of work, former star of Anna Louisiana. For Royal getting "discovered" seems too good to be true. It really can't be that easy, can it? No. It can't. Royal discovers that it's more than luck and talent; it takes drive, determination, grit, and maybe just a little bit of foolishness. Let's face it. Making it is hard.
While Royal is learning how to make it in Hollywood, Scarlet is learning how to make it in life. She soon learns that being an "adult" isn't all that it's cracked up to be. She doesn't even know how to pay a parking ticket, let alone find her car when it gets towed. Scarlet has to learn how to do even the most basic things for herself at the same time as she is trying to salvage her waning her career. Let's face it. Life is hard.
In the first season, it soon becomes clear it’s not about making it; it’s about finding out who you are once it’s made. It’s about learning that getting an “A” in The 101 isn’t about owning a sparkly new Maserati, it’s about owning the path you forge.
Making it, in The or in Hollywood, doesn't happen overnight. There's a lot of life to live in between. Relationships, friendships, new experiences, exams and coursework overload, behind the scenes happenings of an aspiring actor like acting classes, auditions, headshots, networking, student films, open calls, stage moms, getting an agent, day jobs, and if we are honest, just life in LA could make this list go on and on.
The 101 is more than a cute behind the scenes look at the entertainment industry. It is a character-driven comedy in the vein of "Felicity"... if Felicity had gone to UCLA and pursued a career in the entertainment industry with the comedic styling of "Jane The Virgin."
The 101 is a coming of age story, Hollywood style. On the heels of LA LA Land, we know that the general public is fascinated with the inner workings of Hollywood. Our story, told from the perspective of a fresh faced Midwestern sweetheart, will allow viewers to feel as if they are on the journey of making it alongside her. Meanwhile, our antagonist, the washed up child star, will give viewers a different view of what it's like behind the scenes of Hollywood. Her career may be struggling but she is still in the inner circle. And our other lead, the lovable Bollywood meets Hollywood Entertainment Manager that manages them both, offers viewers yet a different vantage point from which to glimpse all that glitters in Hollywood.
The world is fascinated by Hollywood, celebrities, and everything that goes into making it. The success of reality tv shows like Dance Mom, America's Got Talent, The Voice, etc. show how intrigued people are by the process. And let's face it, just navigating life in LA lends itself to some pretty funny episodes of television so when you put it all together, you have hundreds of episodes just waiting to happen. What made "Friends" last for ten seasons? LIFE. And that is what The 101 is all about, Hollywood style.