NBC picks up webseries 'quarterlife'
Herskovitz and Zwick reportedly launched the series (about a twentysomething video blogger and her friends) directly on the web in order to maintain complete creative control. However, after viewing the series online , I began to suspect that quarterlife simply wasn't good enough for primetime. In fact, I doubted it would ever gain a strong fanbase or end up on network television.
Shows how much I know.
The thing that disappointed me the most about the series as it that it seems terribly inauthentic. This isn't a realistic portrayal of twentysomethings (at least I hope it isn't). It's merely an interpretation of twentysomething lives as seen through the eyes of fiftysomething producers. Like many other series produced by Herskovitz and Zwick, quarterlife features moody, whiny, young affluent white people who seem to wallow in self-pity and narcissism. In the land of Herskovitz and Zwick, life is oh-so-serious, full of sound and fury, and nothing more. If quarterlife were presented as a parody of Herskovitz and Zwick's better TV series (thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, Once and Again), I'd call it brilliant. As a straight up drama, it left me rolling my eyes and gagging.Obviously someone at NBC saw something in quarterlife that I didn't. This is good news for Herskovitz and Zwick, even if it's frustrating for those of us who expect better from the thirtysomething producers.
However, I am excited by what this all means. This "revolutionary" deal proves that a series produced relatively cheaply and independently can ultimately find distribution on network TV. Tired of waiting for my Hollywood break, I've decided to take matters into my own hands and am currently developing my own independent sitcom. Like many others, I'm hoping that even if my series doesn't find a network or cable home, it could have a long and happy life on the internet.
And if I'm really lucky, maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to follow the path paved by Herskovitz and Zwick (minus the whiny twentysomethings) -- and clinch my very own network distribution deal.