Quarterlife, from the creators of My So Called Life
Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, who count Thirtysomething and My So Called Life among their credits, are getting ready to premiere their newest project, Quarterlife. This one is a little bit different though, as it's not another conventional TV show. Instead, Quarterlife is a web based, advertising supported, series that will air on Myspace. The episodes will be about eight minutes long and follow the lives of a group of college friends that have just recently graduated.
The excitement begins when the group discovers that Dylan (Bitsie Tulloch, pictured right) has been keeping a video blog about them on her website, quarterlife. There aren't a lot more details about the show available yet, but you can watch a trailer on the official site to get an idea of how it's all going to work. The series premieres on Myspace on Nov. 11th, and on quarterlife.com the following day.
Joining Tulloch in the cast are Scott Foster (Greek, pictured left), David Walton (Cracking Up), Michelle Lombardo (Entourage), Maite Schwartz, and Barret Swatek (7th Heaven). None of them are what I would consider name actors, but it is a pretty respectable cast for a web based experiment. And that, as much as anything, is the draw of this show for me.
It's an idea that has been floating around for a few years, and been tried to various degrees of success. I don't think it is so much a matter of if someone is going to create a hit show outside of the conventional broadcast mediums, but more a question of when. With Herskovitz, Zwick, and Myspace on board, this is certainly a big step in that direction. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Along with the show, quarterlife.com is set up to become some manner of a social networking site for creative people, those with a passion for photography, writing, music, film making, dance, design, etc. That's an ambitious undertaking, and I'm not sure I get the gist of how that is all going to work, but it might be worth a look once the site officially launches, if you're into that kind of thing.