For my holiday gift this year, could you please check out my TV pitch below and let me know what you think ...or if you have suggestions, even better!
Queen of Sky TV Series
Hook: An attractive new-hire flight attendant blogs her way through the ups and downs of her “glamorous” new lifestyle, including a string of dysfunctional relationships. (or Ally McBeal on a plane!)
Concept: Queen of Sky is a 30-minute dramedy about a new-hire flight attendant, Elena, who uses her blog to sort through her crazy life. The tone will be like Sex and the City or Ally McBeal with the occasional Scrubs-style fantasy. For example, when Elena does the safety demo for the first time, she imagines herself on a stage in the spotlight with her theme song playing. Elena has two new-hire roommates, a flamboyant Latin male and a Puerto Rican (or other ethnicity) princess. They start off in a “crash pad” for the first few episodes, but eventually share a one-bedroom apartment in Queens (halfway between LaGuardia and JFK). At the end of the pilot episode, Elena starts her blog and blog narration kicks in. The concept is based on my career-ending blog-turned-book, entitled Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant. My screen name on the blog was “Queen of Sky” and the blog was mostly written in third person. Elena, like me, is a Spanish-speaking gringa. Her Spanish is just good enough to qualify her as a language speaker and bad enough to cause a lot of misunderstandings and jumblings of the onboard announcements. She flies a mixture of international and domestic trips, but mostly to Latin America and Spain. Occasionally she gets to fly with one or both of her roommates, but normally she’s flying with catty, miserable women who are old enough to be her mother. Audiences will tune in each week to see where Elena will go next, what adventures she will have along the way, and whether she will ever manage to find a boyfriend that treats her with respect and doesn’t mind her being gone at least fifty percent of the time!
Central Conflict: The main conflict of the show is Elena’s continuous struggle to find balance in her life—particularly between her new job and her dysfunctional love life. She would really like a stable, functional relationship, but only seems to attract the opposite. Also, being a new-hire, she flies most weekends and holidays and often has to sit “reserve” (on-call duty), so she never knows where she’ll be next. Episodic conflicts include Elena’s constant conflicts with passengers, her roomies, coworkers, and Legacy Airlines management. For example, Elena and Ivette sometimes fight over their gay husband, Ricky, and Ricky sometimes brings home guys to their one-bedroom apartment without warning them in advance. And, of course, Elena is always getting into it with crazy/obnoxious passengers and coworkers. These conflicts will sometimes span several episodes.
Audience Demographics: 18- to 39-year-old females of all races; middle-aged white men who want to know what flight attendants are thinking; and gays and lesbians of all ages, races and classes. Two of the core cast are Latinos/ethnic and one is gay. There will be other recurring cast and guest stars of different races and sexual orientations.