VH1 is expanding its scripted portfolio with Hindsight, handing out a 10-episode series pickup to the hourlong scripted drama pilot from writer Emily Fox (Jane By Design) and Timberman-Beverly for a premiere in early 2015. The project, previously developed at NBC, marked the first scripted pilot order for VH1’s new head of development Susan Levison. Now it is her first scripted series pickup and a followup to the network’s first hourlong scripted series, the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies, and summer breakout Hit the Floor. The network most recently had scripted success with the highly rated TLC biopic and just greenlighted a Drumline sequel with Nick Cannon.
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Hindsight, whose pilot was directed by Michael Trim, is set in 1990s New York and stars Laura Ramsey, Legend Of The Seeker‘s Craig Horner and Sarah Goldberg. It centers on Becca (Ramsey) who, as she nears 40, is about to embark on her second wedding to Andy Kelly, but her joy is tempered by the absence of her old best friend Lolly (Goldberg) who’s a no-show, having dropped out of their relationship years ago. As Becca mulls over her past with Lolly and the mishap of her marriage to her first husband, Sean (Horner), she wakes up on her wedding day in 1995 – she’s about to marry Sean, a bad-boy artist who is all wrong for her – and she knows her first move must be to reconnect with Lolly to re-live that day. Can she “make it right” by living her life all over while re-adapting to life in New York City in the ’90s – a time of smoking in bars, carrying pagers, having an AOL email address? “Hindsight is a great mix of sweetness, drama, ’90s nostalgia and humor,” Levison, said. “This series will resonate with our viewers because it offers the ultimate wish fulfillment: the chance to do things differently the second time around.”
Fox is exec producing with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Maggie Malina & Alex Motlagh (Crazy, Sexy Cool: The TLC Story) and VH1′s Levison and Jill Holmes. The series pickup comes on the heels of a straight to series order (untitled David O. Russell/Susannah Grant drama at ABC) and four broadcast pilot pickups for Timberman-Beverly, which has four other series on the air, Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified and Masters of Sex.