Pitch Your Series:
- Jim Barley - Came from a rich family. Got a strong sense of justice going, hence the law degree. Despite this, is perfectly willing to bend or outright break the law to win a case.
- Susan Legaul - Very energetic. Very competitive. Loves cases that are highly challenging or unusual in some way. Also has few scruples about breaking the law in order to win. Both she and Jim hold to the "It's only illegal if you get caught" rule.
- Don Vinciatti - A lawyer who works with Susan. In court, he always wears a pure white suit and talks with a Southern U.S. accent, to invoke the Simple Country Lawyer trope in juries.
- Chief John Gorman - Chief of Police. Works with Jim on a number of occasions. Has a big beef against local crime syndicate.
- Janice Tate - Another friend of Susan's from law school. Was top of the class before she burned out big time right before the bar exam. So she became a stripper instead. Susan still goes to her for advice a lot.
- Jim is trying to get a confession out of a low-level crook. Crook asks for his lawyer; said lawyer is Susan Le Gaul. Jim enlists the aid of the police force in making sure it takes Susan a long time to reach the police station (they rig traffic lights, cause minor traffic jams, have a SWAT sniper shoot holes in her tires, etc.). Jim uses this time to wage psychological warfare on the crook to make him confess.
- Susan is losing a case badly, but discovers the judge (who's really doing a number on her) is one of Janice's regular patrons at the strip club. So Susan hatches a plan to get Janice to finally take the bar exam, become a lawyer, then take over the case, forcing the judge to pass the trial on to a different judge, since he can't be objective towards an attorney who gives him a lapdance every week.
- There's a city wide blackout, and Jim, Susan, and the lawyers that work with them (deprived of online legal databases) all converge on the law library to get the law books they need. Whole episode is like something out of Seinfeld, with little actual work being done, and instead a lot of goofing around and conversations about nothing take place.
- At one point, have a case where conjoined twins are accused of rape, and they each insist it was the other one who actually did the raping.
- There'd be a Story Arc with Jim trying to build a case against a mafia family, but getting implicated as being their accomplice instead.
- Don is arguing against another lawyer who also uses the fake southern accent strategy. As the trial goes on, they end up (almost unconsciously) competing with their accents, until, near the end, they're acting like the most over-the-top redneck stereotypes ever.
- Seth Aaron: Cloud Cuckoolander trying desperately to pass as Only Sane Employee. Obviously cares about the program, as opposed to almost everyone else who merely see it as a source of income. Quickly exasperated.
- Jinkins: Ever timid, eager-to-please and battling stage fright. Will risk life and limb to complete a story if it means keeping his job. Tends to be seen as extendable. Harbors a crush on...
- Danae Patelington: the unfocused, bitchy, World News reporter; who is a horribly abusive girlfriend to her unseen boyfriend and hooked on coffee. Used to be a pop-star, harbors ambitions of fame and delusions of grandeur but doesn't care enough to attempt living up to either.
- Sunny Daze: Pure, distilled Cloud Cuckoolander and the weather reporter. Tries to hide his lack of preparation and knowledge and fails horribly. Tends to try the hard way first and only actually looks stuff up as a last resort.
- Ted Pickel: a reporter; an overconfident Large Ham and former Shakespearean actor whose stories are often insignificant. Can make a drop in hot dog sales sound like the apocalypse. Feels stuck in a rut.
- Jon Lye: the show's executive producer, ever trying to pull in ratings and improve the show his asshole grandfather left him. A bit excitable, but otherwise the true Only Sane Employee. Shame he's only a recurrer.
- The crew is shipped abroad to report on an Olympics expy—all except for Seth, who is left trying to entertain himself as his correspondents interview famous athletes and whatnot. Danae flirts with one of them, prompting a flurry of angry phone calls from her ex; Sunny finds himself useless and decides to just hang out on a beach.
- Odds and ends: Seth has an It's A Wonderful Life-esque dream sequence and finds out what life would be like if everyone was normal. Of course, it's a live broadcast, so we don't see it.
- Ted and Sunny engage in some sports commentary, which quickly deteriorates into a debate: boxers or briefs?
- It's Halloween, and the traffic reporter—who was unceremoniously killed off off-screen in the pilot, comes back to haunt the show.
- The program opens with Seth introducing the program, but something's off. What is it? Seth's got a fucking spear through his heart, which he pulls out with no ill effects. He doesn't even notice until it's pointed out to him.
- Christmastime is here and the crew tries to take the PC-route and just ignore the holiday season entirely. This becomes difficult when a mob of religious folk start protesting outside and Jon books Santa as a guest.
- Sunny spends an entire episode trying to invoke Finagle's law when he has to do a massive storm report later that night. It doesn't work.
- For the first episode, at least, segments conclude with the crew member getting up and leaving and whoever is on next walking in. They only have one set.
- Originally, the cast was Seth, a camerawoman, and one man who played various interviewees. There would be ventriloquism. And it was repetitive as hell, as one joke was restructured into oblivion. That one guy is still there playing all the bit parts, but obviously we've come a long way. And dropped the ventriloquism.
- The show has as little basing in reality as possible. A man murders people with snow, for Christ's sake.
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edited 15th Jun '10 3:27:53 PM by Wackd
- Tom Squires, the obligatory geek who always wanted to travel through space and is actually enjoying their situation.
- Gerard Wiltshire: aristocratic snob who nevertheless imparts semi-helpful archaelogical info. He's The Kirk of this bunch, always trying to get with the alien women they meet.
- Sylvia St. John, a brilliant mathmetician who will do anything, including selling out the group, to get home.
- Major Diane Van Der Brook: 30-year-old SG-team leader. A remarkably compassionate woman, she has doubts about whether or not the group they're chasing are criminals.
- Staff Sergeant Michael Burke: 33 year old Marine. Tough as nails and ruthless but loyal in a Saul Tigh kind of way. Team's tough guy.
- Warrant Officer Dr. Benton Fisk: The smart guy, but he's all business, very professional, and an occasional snarker. Think Rodney Mc Kay without the Jerk Ass.
- Agent Walter Hemdall, MI-5: British agent that joins the team in it's effort to recover the fugitives. Is generally distrusted by the Marines, who feel he knows more than he's letting on. Has an unrequited crush on Major Van Der Brook.
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- Jason Noble: The de-facto leader of the "Incidentals" after his rescue of a panicked, fire wielding six year old on Youtube went viral. He has the heroic spark to want to use these powers to change the world, but since everyone seems pretty content to live their lives like they normally would, and this pisses him off to no end. Has the power to enforce or wipe out people's memories of him. He also has untreated bipolar disorder and this manifests in his powers more often then he would like.
- Sarah Starling: Blind from near-birth, she has lived having had the world catered to her, but she is consistently breaking bad whenever she has the chance, living a princess by day, thrill junkie by night sort of lifestyle. Gaining the power of telekinesis initially threw her into a headspin, with literally everything trying to kill her right off the bat. But after she gained control over it, she becomes extremely competent with positioning and moving objects with her mind, and doesn't let anyone forget it.
- Tim Bishop: A pawn shop owner who gains the ability to store physical items outside of local spacetime, Tim is used to the discrimination of being an "Incidental" as he was outed in the Army and discharged. Wants nothing more then then for Jason to get out of his hair, but always ends up working with him for one reason or another.
- Riley Bishop: The one reason or another. Tim's baby sister, Riley gained the power of incorporating the memories of an object into her own. She has a bit of a crush on Jason, and would totally run away with him if he ever gave her the chance. Despite being immature she can take up the mantle of Team Mom by nature, but don't let her close to the military wing of the pawn shop unless you want a bloodbath.
- Alea Maro: Since she was a little girl, Alea had a strong sense of justice, and knew what was right for everyone in her life and the world. This has not served her well, and has gotten her into constant trouble growing up. But with the power to convince mass amounts of people, things are about to change for her, and she can go about remaking the world in her image through her position as spokesperson (and roundabout leader) of her "Changed People" support group.
- I: Incidental Circumstances
- After the initial breakout, people are losing control of their powers left and right and even after Jason saves a panicked, fire wielding toddler, there are still a lot of people who need help with their powers, the first being Sarah.
- Off of that, Jason decides to start "the Incidentals," a group of people who virally become the face of the effected culture.
- However, a much more official group pops up and robs the Incidentals of their spotlight, so naturally Jason suspects somethings up.
- After following the rabbit hole, it comes down to a big battle between the Incidentals and Alea at her pep rally in Ann Arbor, and dominoes are set up for next season.
- Tension between Police and the Incidentals gets to a boiling point, and superhumans are banned from fighting crime due to liability.
- The Incidentals go through a Broke Episode, considering sponsorship, superpowered odd jobs, and doing birthday parties for money.
- Effected Culture is explored, and how this new superminority is going to effect the social hierarchy.
- A reverse engineer / cure of the virus is explored, and it gets political. Of course.
- After a particularly nasty day, Jason decides under Alea's advice, that what he needs to do to keep the Incidentals and effected from falling apart is to martyr himself off.
- A effected who has the power to make people express their innermost thoughts in song is discovered.
- Incidentals vs Zombies. Nuff said.
- This show would try to be Heroes with the numbers filed off and none of the trappings and backtracking of the original, so any similarities are to be regarded as homages. Even the ones I didn't intend to put in.
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edited 8th Sep '10 2:35:34 PM by Dragiiin123
edited 19th Jan '11 7:16:27 AM by AJesterOnly
Title: Masks Synopsis: One year ago, on Halloween night, at exactly 8:23 pm EST, a spell crept across the world, transforming everyone into whatever costume they wore for Halloween. Some eventually gained the ability to switch between their costumed persona (Their "Mask", which also has its own distinct characteristics) and their original persona. An international team is formed to figure out what caused this to happen... but enough about them. This is about a small group of former friends affected by the curse, as they struggle to make sense of this crazy world and contain their Masks' personalities. Characters: * Jim: A 23-year old man who was originally a huge horror movie geek college drop-out trying to make it in the business world. His Mask is a serial killer who wears a black mask and wields a machete, who is unable to speak and possesses violent tendencies. Martha: A bespectacled, slobby, gamer girl who lost a bet with her friend and had to wear a sexy witch costume at Halloween. Whereas she's somewhat shy, her Mask is very, um, "outgoing". Martha, however, has a remarkable degree of self-control over her Mask, able to switch to witch mode while retaining most of her original personality. Bruce: A man who was trying to start a photography business before the world went to hell. He has a deep respect for nature and beauty, and views himself as quite the artist (the general consensus is that his photos are "OK"). His mask is an adventurer decked out in safari gear and an extremely high tech camera, which he makes use of with his remarkable photography talents. While he does like making use of his Mask's talents, however, Bruce fears his other personality's tendency to Suicidal Overconfidence. Sally: Martha's friend / college roommate and Jim's ex-girlfriend from high school. Of the cast, she is by far the most athetically inclined, being a huge field-hockey player and an avid runner. She often serves to balance her roommate's tomboyish nature. Her Mask is a Ghost, capable of levitation, invisibility, and walking through walls, and absolutely full of despair and depression. Plots:
- The beginning, when Martha encounters Jim, completely overtaken by his Mask. She catches him and brings him to Bruce's place, while she tries to figure out how to restore his original personality.
- Sally meeting a group of catgirls who are interested in Hunting the Most Dangerous Game.
- Bruce's Mask accidentally photographing the mayor having an affair.
- A season long arc with Jim dealing with nightmares of what he did when he was a serial killer, eventually leading to cast to meet one of the people responsible for the Halloween curse.
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- Hammer (Candice Bergen): The only remaining founding member of the WIB (the others are all dead or retired and too decrepit to come out of retirement... the character of Hammer is canonically a very healthy 70). Her codename references her day job as a judge, where she wields a gavel. Due to her advanced age, her role is primarily administrative and she rarely accompanies the others into the field. She also dresses rather conservatively by comparison to the other characters. Still, basically the Team Mom (literally to one character).
- Princess (Carla Gugino): Hammer's daughter. Her codename references her hereditary right to leadership of the WIB when her mother steps down. She works as an assistant district attorney by day. She really likes guns, but isn't as good in a martial arts battle as some of the other characters.
- Preacher (Robin Givens): Badass Long Robe. She's an ordained minister for real, and therefore does less Fanservice than the other characters whose outfits accentuate their assets. Still, she does Show Some Leg on occasion because of the throwing knives strapped to her thighs.
- Bonesaw (Debra Mayer): City medical examiner by day, Torture Technician by night. There's something off about her. She's also arguably a female Expy of Dexter.
- Pandora (Rosaleen Young): The only member of the team to use her real first name (after all, who the fuck names their kid Pandora?), and also the only Brit. Openly bisexual, in an open marriage, and apparently likes being spanked (which is actually a Shout-Out to her actress... fair warning, any Google search for her will be highly NSFW; I'd like, if I start working in visual media, to give porn stars their fair shot at the mainstream whenever possible). Also an expert fencer and master of parkour.
- Polio (Rose McGowan): The team's resident loose cannon, so named because everyone she comes into contact with winds up either crippled or dead. Very good at improvisation, but prefers a shotgun if she can get one. If all else fails, she'll just break your neck. Her being Hell-Bent for Leather increases her Ensemble Darkhorse potential further.
- Sparky (Felicia Day): Token redhead. Works the WIB motor pool most of the time, and is a hardcore Wrench Wench. During an attack on the team's headquarters in a later episode, she uses said wrench to inflict multiple skull fractures on an unfortunate Mook, so she does have some combat skills despite not going out into the field very often. She's also a Deadpan Snarker, who along with Bonesaw gets most of the show's best lines. She and Bonesaw are also working some serious Les Yay.
- Blondie (Alona Tal): Cop who is recruited into the WIB in the second episode, after they help her with an investigation in the pilot. Boasts martial arts skills way beyond anything that cops in Real Life are normally taught. Also a bit of a Determinator. As the name suggests, she's the only blond on the team.
- Lolita (Lucy Kate Hale): Teen Genius who is recruited onto the team in the Pilot Episode after the Villain of the Week offs her parents and sends a hit man after her to keep her from testifying against him. Her arc in the first season will mostly focus on her training... she'll be much more hardcore in subsequent seasons, though her usefulness as a Voice with an Internet Connection will serve to limit her field work somewhat. Of the Women in Black, she and Bonesaw are the only ones with splashes of color in their outfits (Bonesaw's white labcoat, and Lolita's short plaid skirt).
- Shooter (Angie Everhart): Investigative reporter who gets to close to uncovering the identities of our heroines, then winds up owing her life to them and joins them. A Punny Name, as it refers to her shooting with a camera rather than a gun (she's actually a horrible shot with a gun).
- Control (Leah Remini): Short for Mission Control... she replaces Lolita as the Voice with an Internet Connection, allowing for Lolita to do more field work. Initially starts out as a conservative radio commentator extolling the virtues of the Women in Black and making disparaging remarks about the incompetence of the city's regular police. Once she joins the team, she counts as an Ascended Fangirl.
- Colin (James Murray): Pandora's husband. Taught her everything she knows about fencing, and is so useful in combat situations in general that he has been let in on Pandora's secret and accompanies the team on missions.
- James (Wil Wheaton): Princess' love interest. They're serious in the first season, and engaged in the second.
- Nick (Cress Williams): Internal Affairs officer who is investigating Blondie for suspected ties to the Women in Black, and dating Preacher. This is obviously a complication.
- The Hulk (Steve Austin): Seemingly indestructible hit man who is run through with a sword by Pandora in the pilot episode, only to subsequently kill an entire ambulance crew with his bare hands and jump out of the back of said ambulance while it is still moving. Pops up repeatedly throughout the series' run, usually seeking vengeance against the team in general or Pandora in particular. Multiple gunshot wounds, possible drowning and even being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on multiple occasions don't seem to be enough to kill him. His resemblance to a certain MacGyver villain is lampshaded when Sparky calls him "Murdoc" instead of his usually assigned nickname. He doesn't have a speaking part until the first-season finale.
- A hostage situation in a courtroom forces Princess and Hammer to do battle without their crimefighting outfits in an early first-season episode. It Gets Worse when it turns out an army of Mooks are descending on the courthouse to kill the hostage-taker.
- A serial rapist targeting joggers at the city park is the perfect opportunity for Pandora to model some Sensual Spandex running gear. And for a creator cameo, since I plan to cast myself as the Villain of the Week.
- On another occasion, Lolita is inserted into a high school on an undercover op to sniff out a date rapist before he can drug and pass on VD to another girl.
- In a multi-episode mini-arc, Preacher's church is targeted for vandalism — and, eventually, worse — by a street gang she humiliated in the pilot episode, leading to an epic battle inside the church in the first season's Christmas Episode, "Merry Cripmas".
- In the second season, it'll be revealed that one of the team's former members turned evil. Through Arc Welding, she will eventually become the show's Big Bad.