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In Treatment writer bringing Worthy new political drama to FOX

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2009 1:33PM
In TreatmentSome shows are known for amazing acting, and some for stellar writing. In Treatment falls into the latter category, though the acting was top-notch, as well. Still, in essence the show was a one-room nightly play. It was simply dialogue between two to four actors. And It was riveting.

Davey Holmes won a Writers Guild Award for his work on that series. He was nominated for Pushing Daisies, a series with a completely different tone, and yet equally brilliant writing. He's also written for Damages and is involved in the forthcoming Happy Town for ABC.

Based on the strength of his script, Holmes has secured a pilot commitment from FOX for Worthy, a proposed series that would put the network dramatically into politics. The series follows a straight-arrow Arizona politician, named Worthy, who finds himself in trouble after he's in a hit-and-run and winds up blackmailed by the mob.

Of late, political shows on network television seem to head straight for the White House, or a fictional monarchy. Kings was amazing, but perhaps it was too alien for American audiences. The last time we had any close dealings with a monarchy, we broke away and formed a new nation. It's not a system of government we have any real understanding of or appreciation for.

FOX is an interesting home for a show like Worthy; it would seem a better fit for cable sister FX, with its built in darker undertones. However, FOX has proven themselves capable of dark subject matter and political intrigue on a grand scale with 24. Handled correctly, Worthy could be a ... ahem ... worthy addition to the smarter direction FOX is heading.

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Stephanie

Actually sounds pretty great... I've noticed his "Pushing Daisies" ep was one of the best, and his "In Treatment" eps as well. I'll be watching this one.

September 02 2009 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

why did you use the word was to describe In Treatment it was not cancelled as far as i know im sure hbo has no plans to cancel it please explain

September 02 2009 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johngaltx

Been done---watched it last night, Rockford Files:Season 1-"Aura Lee, Farewell"

Evan Murdock gives a ride to hitch-hiker Aura Lee Benton. They stay in the Seacrest Motel at Santa Barbara on their way to Los Angeles, but during the journey the Murdock knocks down and a stray walker with his car. Evan Murdock is an important state senator, so drops Aura Lee's off at a Oscars Restaurant. Weeks later Sara Butler pays Jim in full for her previous case so she can hire him to investigate the death of her store assistant Aura Lee Benton.

Featured: Billy Mumy, Lindsay Wagner and a sweet 1972 Black Cherry Buick Riviera!

http://www.tv.com/the-rockford-files/aura-lee-farewell/episode/17984/summary.html?tag=ep_guide;summary

September 01 2009 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Willmore2000

He won a WAG award for translating from Hebrew to English?

September 01 2009 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Willmore2000

Ehhh ... WGA, if he had won a WAG, Peter Crouch might have been a bit pissed.

September 01 2009 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephanie

In Treatment: stories were adapted, sometimes changed. dialogue new.

September 02 2009 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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