When Meredith Averill was recommended for a writing position on CBS drama "The Good Wife," she had "24 hours to basically devour the entire first season," the scribe recalls. "After a few episodes, I forgot I was prepping for an interview and became a crazed fan of the show ... I loved the elegance, and the gray area where most of the stories lived."
Averill joined the drama's writers room after stints on
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼programs run by her mentors Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg. "Samurai Girl,' "Life on Mars" and "Happy Town" were all a healthy mix of two genres I love: sci- fi and soap," she says.
Averill, originally from a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania, will blend her favorite genres on CW's forthcoming skein "Star-Crossed," which the net recently picked up and Averill is showrunning. She describes the midseason series as "an epic sci-fi romance that's "Romeo & Juliet" meets "District 9" meets "Brown vs. Board of Education.'" Should the scribe run into creative blocks as she breaks the "Star-Crossed" story, she has a plan -- "sometimes I'll assign a song as a character's 'anthem,'" Averill says. "If I feel like I'm losing their voice, I listen to that song and find it again."
-- AJ Marechal