Sometimes, what happens behind the scenes can be even more entertaining than what happens in the spotlight. That’s the idea behind the two new series added to the Amazon Studios Development Slate: Support, about a band’s life on the road; and The Face and the Heel, which pulls back the curtain on the world of wrestling.
The creators of Support are all members of a band called YACHT, which has opened for the likes of LCD Soundsystem. And yes, they drew from their own experiences — in dozens of different kinds of bands — to create their show: “Viewing the awkward, banal (and sometimes even degrading) realities inherent to playing in a band through the lens of comedy has helped us cope with how weird our lives consistently are.”
Details on the projects:
Writers: Jona Bechtolt, Jeffrey Brodsky, Claire Evans, Rob Kieswetter (they are the band YACHT)
Logline: An ensemble comedy about life on the rock ‘n’ roll road, as seen through the eyes of its least glamorous participants: the opening band.
Why we optioned it: The script is funny, has heart, and is about as authentic of a perspective as you can get on the music industry. It’s a fascinating look backstage and at the lives of the bands we look up to on stage. These are characters we care about and root for and want to see succeed.
From the writers: “For the past three years, we’ve imagined our lives on the road as a TV show. In many ways, a tour is a perfect analogue to an episodic series: there’s a central cast of characters, recurring locations, absurd scenarios, and new conflicts to resolve every day. There are just too many stranger-than-fiction moments that we’ve wanted to share, but haven’t had the time or outlet to do so. We’ve been keeping notes of every ridiculous interaction and story in a shared document and we can’t wait to unearth them all through the show.”
Writers: Anayat Fakhraie, Kristian Hager
Logline: A comedic look at the macho-muscled world of professional wrestling, where the action in the ring might be staged, but the drama behind the curtain, the egos, the gossip, and the larger than life characters — are all too real.
Why we optioned it: It’s a funny, unexpected look at a world where what happens behind the scenes is just as entertaining as anything that happens in the spotlight. You’ll never watch wrestling the same way again. Although comedic, we like how real and relatable the characters feel outside the ring, even though their personalities in the ring are so much larger than life.