In a story that should inspire underlings everywhere, the previously anonymous proprietor of a Tumblr blog called Hollywood Assistants has sold a comedy to CBS.
Entitled 20-Nothings, the project is inspired by the popular blog and follows five overeducated young people—three women and two men—in their 20s living in Los Angeles. Toiling away as lowly assistants, they do whatever needs to be done to achieve their Hollywood dreams.
Back in May, Lauren Bachelis created the Hollywood Assistants Tumblr, where assistants share their grievances via animated GIFs, and vowed to remain anonymous until she landed a television project of her own. Starting her career as an intern on NBC's Heroes, Bachelis worked as an assistant at Creative Artists Agency and then for New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriweather.
A week after leaving the FOX comedy, she scored a blind script deal from CBS Studios and created 20-Nothings. The project has Fred Savage attached as director and executive producer, as the Wonder Years star read Lauren's spec scripts and helped her develop the concept for the show.
While some are already comparing 20-Nothings to HBO's Girls, Bachelis claims that the show will be more like Friends. "Someone said it's the West Coast version of Girls. Which is kind of true. [But] I think this might appeal to a much broader audience in a sense. I want it to be about lifestyle in Los Angeles, but I really want to make sure that a lot of people can relate to this idea of what it feels like to be someone's subordinate, having people telling you what to do and also your parents telling you what to do. And to just be in this weird life phase. [That life phase] is not something that only people in Hollywood or New York can understand."
Sounds like another sitcom about people whining about their relatively cushy jobs, and the inside-Hollywood angle usually spells death for a network series. Can middle America identify with these 20-Nothings?