Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
At today’s TCA, Craig Wright, creator and executive producer of MTV’s new one-hour scripted drama/comedy series Underemployed (premiere date TBA) was asked about obvious parallels between this show and HBO’s Emmy-nominated Girls.
Actually, the title Girls or the name of creator Lena Dunham was never specifically mentioned, but a questioner asked about “an HBO show” whose creator scoffs at the idea of being the “voice of a generation.” Does Wright, in his late 40s, see himself as the voice of the millennials?
“I don’t see myself as a voice of the generation, but I do think I’m someone who’s interested in listening to the generation”, said Wright, whose TV credits include creating Dirty Sexy Money and writing for Six Feet Under. He added that the show is based on the life and friendships of his 23-year-old son. “This is a very personal show for me”, he said. “I can’t speak for this generation, but provide a platform so the voice of this age can be heard”.
Wright added that he has a staff of 7 “younger writers”. He said there is a lot of workshopping and improv allowing for input from them and the young ensemble cast (including panelists Diego Boneta, Michelle Ang, Sarah Habel, Jared Kusnitz and Inbar Lavi) before each scene is shot. However, sounding a little like a Dad he said: “Of course, as showrunner, I have to rewrite some things sometimes”.