Chupack, Alfano team for romantic comedy
“Sex and the City” scribe Cindy Chupack has partnered with producer JoAnn Alfano to create a new anthology series for NBC.
One-hour romantic comedy project will contain between one and three stories each week, as well as an animated short, all connected by the same theme.
Chupack said she wasn’t looking to return to TV but was instead focusing on her film career. But the lure of creating something not usually seen on the smallscreen — networks have generally been leery of anthology skeins — was too good to pass up, she said.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Chupack, who told Entertainment Weekly in 2004 that she was interested in seeing an updated “Love, American Style” on television. “But it never seemed like a network would ever do it.”
Meanwhile, Alfano — who just scored an Emmy as an exec producer on comedy winner “30 Rock” — recently pre-sold the new regime at NBC Entertainment on the idea of a romantic comedy anthology. Alfano told Chupack’s agent at Endeavor about the project; the two were eventually brought together.
For Chupack, who said she grew up as a fan of “The Twilight Zone,” it was a chance to explore a wide variety of topics that deal with romance, love and sex.
“We can write about gay and straight, young and old,” she said. “It’s a fun, wide-open thing that you can’t do on a regular series once you get pigeon-holed with regular characters.”
Chupack said she and Alfano are still experimenting with the project and haven’t decided whether a repertory company will handle the acting, or if different thesps will appear each week. (Chupack said the net was excited over the idea of attracting stars who aren’t interested in series TV but would be willing to make a one-shot appearance).
The scribe said the show also may rely on a staff of writers but also option work — such as a one-act play.
“I see my role as a curator and editor compiling stories,” she said. “This is kind of like inventing a new form.”
Chupack’s credits also include “Men in Trees,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Madigan Men.”