So, here's what's going on:
A production company in LA (who has produced for SyFy and ABC Family, among others) is showing interest in my script, EVOLUTION.
So, here's what happened: my manager sent their Development Exec the script last summer. If you're thinking, "That seems like a long time ago", well, yes, it was. Last summer, the summer of 2015, is an ice age ago, and an entire generation of butterflies and chrysanthemums were born, and have died, in the interim. But I digress; after (or during?) the summer of 2015, this particular DE went on maternity leave, so the script sat in her inbox until just a few weeks ago when she finally opened it, and read it. And as it turns out, she LOVES it.
So the DE emails my manager, to set up a call between the three of us. After a few false starts, and a last-minute snafoo with the phone number, we all get on the phone together. And it's lovely, and the DE asks me some questions about "the show", and I explain as best I can what on Earth I was thinking when I wrote it, and some ideas I've had about the future of "the show", etc. Then the DE says again how much she loves the script, and she's going to go ahead and "pitch" the show to the producers, and we all politely say "thank you" and "goodbye"... and, scene. (Immediately upon hanging up, my manager calls back, brimming with enthusiasm over the call. I told her she deserved a bottle of scotch, or maybe a muffin basket, on me.)
About a week later, my manager gets another call from the DE, just to "check in." The DE says that her pitch to the producers went well, and now the producers are reading the script. And the DE tells my manager that she thinks I'm creative and smart, and someone they'd really like to work with, and this script is right up their alley. "Huh," I think. "How extremely nice. When is the part where she says they're passing?" But that part doesn't come. The DE just wants to keep us in the loop. "Huh," I think again. "How extremely nice."
So ...now we are waiting to hear what the producers think of the script.
Let's hope they think it's "extremely nice." Or, "cool", or whatever.
Now, some of you might be thinking... So? What's so exciting? It's just somebody reading it. It's not like your pilot's been ordered to series, yet.
Okay, fine. If you don't wanna be excited, that's fine. But that just means... you don't understand the statistics, here. THIS IS A STATISTICAL IMPOSSIBILITY. THIS -- what's already happened, thus far, with the script being read, and then liked, and then pitched up the ladder? -- THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, it literally NEVER happens. Even with lots of TV pilots being scooped up these days, the odds have STILL got to be something like 1 in 10,000, based on this guy's analysis of the film spec market. Which is 0.01% .
And it NEVER, EVER happens to NEWBIE writers like me, and especially not when it's your own idea, and not the regurgitation of someone else's comic book, or novel, or stage-play, or what-not. And it never, EVER, EVER, EVER happens to writers who haven't already been working in the industry for some time, most of whom have already WRITTEN on some TV show, already. THIS JUST DOES NOT HAPPEN.
And yet, it has happened. The door has cracked open a smidge, and I somehow managed to poke my nose in at just the right moment, and instead of slapping it shut and really doing a number on my cute little nose, forever... they opened it a little further, and actually asked me to step inside.
If this is as far as it goes, right now, if nothing else happens with this script... I just have to take a step back, and celebrate this extraordinary statistical anomaly! Because, well, it's basically impossible, and yet… here we are. And, I'm sorry, but from this point, anything that happens now is much LESS amazing; I mean, statistically. They sort of 'know me' now, and if they ever do say ‘yes’ to something of mine in the future, it won’t be quite so surprising, because statistically saying 'yes' to a writer they know and like already, is fairly common. It's way, WAY more common, than THIS.