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Prime Time Adventures

Producer: Link
Current Season: Name To Be Determined

Romeo & Juliet: Detectives & Crime Family

Premise: Two families on either side of the law, joined in peace for many years by a marriage, begin to fray and unravel when the wedded couple suddenly dies.
Tone: Dark and gritty; Snappy dialog and gruesome realities
Genre: Crime Drama with Soap Opera
Setting: Providence, RI

Details Brainstorm

  • Play both sides?
    • Large cast
  • Generation after marriage?
  • Righteous and the unjust
  • A will?
    • Fight over the children?
      • Children in trust?
  • Focus on two families
  • Children are focus?
  • Children are not protagonists
  • End with spotlight on family heads
  • Questionably lawful city?
  • Irish mob was the force, but pushed out by Italian mafia. Many Irish then joined the police. May be relegated to background element or second season.

Franchise Brainstorm

  • Violence
    • Abuse
    • Aftermath of violence
  • Occupational scene
  • Unexpected character twists
    • Characters don’t expect each others’ actions
    • Bard’s tongue
  • No truly happy endings
  • Continuing theme of decoupling and coming apart
  • Indication of similarity between families
  • Visceral actions
    • Swearing
    • Racism
  • Alteration of perception – Reversal
  • Children mirror events
  • Narrator – one of the children
  • Children as objects


Creegan Family

  • Eddy: Police Chief Jonathan Creegan -- father was former Irish mobster? Made a promise to his son (Romeo). One of the executors of the will.
  • Russell: ?? Creegan -- supporting character.
  • Kelley: ?? Creegan -- recent divorcee. Loved Franco, but married the "next best" guy.
  • David: Lt. ?? Creegan -- owned and/or blackmailed by Vitagliano, in love with Juliet. Works directly for Jonathan.

Vitagliano Family

  • Joe: Dona Esmaretta Vitagliano -- Grieving wife of the don, current matriarch of la familia. One of the executors of the will.
  • Ned: Franco Vitagliano -- Loyal family thug. Second brother, relatively rank-and-file. Lives by a code. Helped dispose of corrupt member of the Creegan family.
  • Michelle: Father Salvatore Vitagliano -- Priest. Moral conscience of the families.
  • Jason:

Character Brainstorm

  • Upstanding son (Michael Corleone)
  • Ambitious young turk
  • Higher-up crime dood from outside
  • Blunt outsider
  • Shifty foreigner
  • Secret lovers
  • Narrator
  • Black sheep – conscience?
  • Servant (pool boy, gardener)
  • Pawns
  • Militant person X
  • Detective loyal son
  • Easy-going con man
  • Police chief’s daughter
  • Manipulative older advisor with suspect motives
  • Trophy wife
  • Manipulative wife
  • Father confessor to both families
  • Golden Boy
  • Local bartender
  • Surviving sibling of married couple
  • Public defender
  • Back from College

Recommended Viewing

  • The Godfather, Part One
  • The Departed
  • In the Line of Fire
  • The Shield
  • The Black Donnellys

Air Dates

Showtime: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Network: CCPN

Title Episode Air Date
TBA 100 Monday, June 16th, 2008
Untitled Episode; No Ned.
TBA 101 Monday, June 23rd, 2008
The Will; No Ned. Set-up episode.
TBA 102 Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Family Tradition; Casting notes: Family man and divorcee. (Creegan spotlight)
TBA 103 Monday, July 14th, 2008
The Wages of Sin; Casting notes: priest and turk. (Vitagliano spotlight)
TBA 104 Monday, July 21st, 2007
Loyalty; Casting notes: Ex-con and blackmailed lieutenant.
TBA 105 Monday, July 28th, 2007
War and Conflict; Casting notes: Donna and police chief.