An Irish optimist takes on the bankrupt Hollywood Veterinary Clinic, a staff of crazies, and a troublesome terrier from heaven.
McGee & Me is an hour TV series proposal that via your pledges I will market to 100 producers, series developers, and cable and network executives around Los Angeles. It places marginalized, disenfranchised, and a few normal characters in the chaos of a huge city. It explores Occupy and Tea Party movements, race, gender, and celebrity issues, class divides, refocused dreams - all from a once-historic vet clinic that has seen far better days. It tells truths that today’s media skips. And it offers advice to a weary, off-track species from a talking Irish dog.
The series’ attitude is that human beings have been cycling, un-evolving forever. We start in a right direction - self-esteem, kindness, caretaking the planet. But then we fall into self-importance and fear. McGee himself succumbs to such faults, and he’s been an FDA (Further Dimension Advisor) since Moses was young.
I’ve written the pilot and three additional episodes in order to know the characters, to feel comfortable with this new kind of TV. It works. Now, to convince the decision makers.
FREDDIE MALONE - 35
Midwest ad writer who inherits the Hollywood Veterinary Clinic from her black-sheep Uncle Fred. Divorced, unfulfilled Freddie jumps at the chance to live among celebrities and millionaires in a world-class city. So with wild hope and no preparation, she moves lock, stock n’ shillelagh to California.
BARTHOLOMEW T. MCGEE
Freddie’s Further Dimension Advisor (FDA) sent from the Beyond to help Freddie down the road to her destiny. McGee is preachy, stubborn and self-inflated, which he owes to being Irish, and not always of direct help to Freddie, which he owes to being a rookie. McGee has been a rookie for 3,057 years. He manifests on the earth plane as a scruffy, pint-size terrier.
ZACK GREENE - 60
Sole vet at the Hollywood Veterinary Clinic since Freddie’s uncle’s death. Human-hating Zack has taken on the task of customer interaction which has caused a severe business slowdown. By the time Freddie arrives, there’s nary a customer left. The huge vet’s hobbies are sumo wrestling, local politics, and his profession.
SHEILA DUBEAU - 70
Sheila is the clinic’s nearly deaf, transgender, ex-Rockette receptionist who maintains a small beauty salon in the reception area. Sheila doesn’t care for animals, attractive women, or children but trusts that at the clinic she’ll meet desperate, single men.
CHLOE GRANGER - Ph.D., MFA, DD - 28
Blonde goddess Chloe is new to the clinic, having graduated from the Jung Institute in Zurich, along with many other prestigious institutions. Most people believe Chloe belongs in an institution. But she is brilliant and gifted at pet grooming and office décor. She screams at the sight of blood.
VELMAR BRAND - 38
Freddie’s princely landlord at her charming cottage in the Hollywood Hills. Black, eccentric Velmar owns much of old Hollywood, but his real passion is Shakespearean acting. He has formed his own struggling theater, the Brand Grand, and requires attendance at his performances in exchange for rent.
DESIDERATO MORALES - 10
Desi is Freddie’s soft spot, a neighborhood boy with a drug-addicted mother, absentee father, criminal uncle, and unfortunate past. Freddie employs him at the clinic, where he lusts after Chloe, antagonizes Sheila, and idolizes Zack.
BONNIE AND CLYDE - 4
Freddie’s Great Danes. If McGee had known these twin devils were part of the assignment, he’d have called in sick.
THE PILOT, EARLY EPISODES
• McGee & Me “Life is the Second Act of Into the Woods”: Freddie meets her strange staff and landlord and learns the insane challenges of her new life from Further Dimension Advisor McGee.
• “Mirror Exercises”: Freddie feels unprepared to deal with dog fights, drugs, and a wayward 10-year-old named Desi.
• “Father McGee”: McGee is convinced he must save Catholic school children from dragon-priest Father Diblasio. Freddie’s head vet quits.
• “Faith ‘n Fornicatin’”: McGee is accused of impregnating a show dog. Desi hates living with his upscale Uncle Julio. Freddie’s Shakespearean landlord fights his attraction to her.
MCGEE AND YOUR MONEY
I'm hoping that producers will notice this site and see how many of you believe in the power of McGee. Or maybe I'm the one who needs enlightened. Few pledges will mean McGee is my solitary dream. But if you’re ready for a show with Parenthood insight, We Bought A Zoo warmth, and Night Court characters (some of you remember Night Court) you’ll pledge to help me market this heartfelt series.
Your donations will pay for travel, copying, postage and communication expenses plus the cost of your rewards should the entire $9,500 be raised. Remember, if the entire amount is not raised, Amazon who holds your pledge, will not collect it. No one pays anything if the whole $9,500 goal is not met or exceeded.
All it takes is one. If the one right producer, the one right, farsighted, brilliant, risk-taking executive says yes to making this series as a result of your successful pledges, McGee & Me will happen. You can say you were there at the start. You saw the potential. You helped make McGee & Me.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on February 5, 2012.
Jan 6, 2012 - Feb 5, 2012 (30 days)
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Quality cotton T-shirt with McGee & Me graphic art.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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McGee & Me T-shirt and printed copy of the pilot script signed by the authorEstimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Contributor’s name and amount listed as a “Founding Funder” on the projected McGee & Me series website. (Note that rewards of $100 and more must wait for actual production of McGee & Me the series, and so require faith and prayers along with your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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Contributor’s home video of their pets airing in the closing 10 seconds of a projected McGee & Me episode (must fit broadcast standards), plus that episode’s DVD. (Note that rewards of $100 and more must wait for actual production of McGee & Me the series, and so require faith and prayers along with your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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Contributor’s walk-on with their pet on the projected season finale episode. Plus a full-season set of DVDs. (Note that rewards of $100 and more must wait for actual production of McGee & Me the series, and so require faith and prayers along with your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Apr 2014