US television giant Fox decided not to make a pilot based on the Icelandic hit television series Night Shift. Adam Barr, who wrote the screenplay for Will & Grace, had drafted a screenplay for the pilot, an American version of the series.
“We are a little bummed that Fox didn’t go through with the pilot,” Kjartan Thór Thórdarson, managing director of Saga Film, the series’ producer in Iceland, told Fréttabladid. “But it’s hard to get a breakthrough during pilot season.”
During pilot season the large American networks receive more than 3,000 ideas for new television series. Around 100 of the applications move on to screenplay production. When the screenplays are ready, five to seven are turned into pilots and then only two or three pilots get a contract with the network.
However, Saga Film has not given up on the American market yet—the next step is to present Night Shift to the cable television stations. “The series is actually more suitable for cable and the procedure is much simpler,” Thórdarson said.
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