Is fledgling premium cable network Epix ready to commit to a scripted series order after it pulled the plug on its first scripted pilot, "Tough Trade?"
That’s the question respected TV writer Nellie Andreeva raises at Deadline.com. The show had some big names in front and behind the camera, she writes. Created by"Chris Offutt and produced by Lionsgate TV, revolved around three generations of a Nashvile music dynasty and starred Sam Shepard, Trace Adkins, Cary Elwes, Lucas Black and Joey Lauren Adams," the story says.
"The project, which was once set up at TNT, also boasted big names behind the camera: Weeds creator Jenji Kohan was executive producer/showrunner, Gavin Hood directed the pilot, T-Bone Burnett served as executive musical producer, and Sean and Bryan Furst also executive produced."
According to the article, Epix Chief Executive Mark Greenberg says the network spent a long time trying to fix what they perceived as flaws in the pilot, but that "At the end of day, it just didn’t work."
That decision may send signals to the development community that Epix isn’t ready to pick up scripted shows, the story says, citing an unnamed source.
Greenberg says that Epix still intends to pick up a scripted series, although the company doesn’t have immediate plans, Andreeva writes.