TCA: Young Auds Want Mortality Dramas Like ‘Red Band Society’, Not ‘Twilight’

Red Band Society

While Fox’s Red Band Society drama deals with the grave topic of ill-stricken teenagers in a Los Angeles children’s hospital, the potentially grim subject matter didn’t daunt network executives, the show’s executive producers said today at TCA.  Commenting on the recent string of illness-centered dramas, including The Big C, and Chasing Life alongside the ABC Studios-produced Red Band Societyseries EP Margaret Nagle said, “Teens and twentysomethings aren’t about the immortality as seen in Twilight. Rather, they’re more focused on dramas that deal with mortality. They’re very forthright about these things.  The way that the show can work is that it has to tonally go to that place of teen life, i.e. My So-Called Life. Even M.A.S.H. was an influence with this series. Those shows were willing to go to a place with their material that were off-center, and off-center was where they thrived.”

Originally intended to be part of ABC’s lineup, Red Band Society landed on Fox’s fall schedule instead.  EP Justin Falvey said that Fox “feels like it’s a better fit.” (more…)

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