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Prime Time Adventures

Producer: Link
Current Season: Name To Be Determined


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: Verona, 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
  • Always one scene set in church

The Cast

Creegan Family

  • Police Chief Jonathan Liam Creegan: Police chief who will do anything to see justice done. Played by Eddy Webb.
    • Father was former Irish mobster? Made a promise to his son (Ryan Creegan). One of the executors of the will.
  • Henry Creegan: Dysfunctional father and public defender. Played by Russell Bailey.
    • Supporting character. Jonathan's brother, Bridget's father. Fuck-up. Poor father. Public defender. Tried to defend Franco, but only to cover up corruption on the family's side.
  • Bridget Marie Creegan: Little girl lost. Played by Kelley Barnes.
    • Recent divorcee. Loved Franco, but married the "next best" guy. Kind of slutty.
  • Lt. Michael Creegan: Police lietenant with a secret. Played by David Bounds.
    • Owned and/or blackmailed by Vitagliano, in love with Julia Creegan. Works directly for Jonathan.

Vitagliano Family

  • Dona Esmaretta Vitagliano: The matriarch. Played by Joseph Carriker.
    • Grieving wife of the don, current matriarch of la familia. One of the executors of the will. Mother of Julia Creegan (nee Vitagliano).
  • Franco Vitagliano: Loyal family thug. Played by Ned Coker.
    • Second brother, relatively rank-and-file. Lives by a code. Helped dispose of corrupt member of the Creegan family. Was in jail for 10 years, three years before Ryan and Julia's wedding.
  • Father Salvatore Vitagliano: Father confessor. Played by Michelle Webb.
    • Priest. Moral conscience of the families.
  • Nicolas "Nick Vitagliano" Podleski: Young turk. Played by Jason Bolte.
    • Adopted into the family. Polish. Fanatically loyal, and will do anything needed to help the family. Views the family code as "justice." Loyal to the Don, but not necessarily the Dona.

Character Brainstorm

  • Upstanding son (Michael Corleone)
  • Higher-up crime dood from outside
  • Blunt outsider
  • Shifty foreigner
  • Secret lovers
  • Narrator
  • Black sheep – conscience?
  • Servant (pool boy, gardener)
  • Pawns
  • Militant person X
  • Police chief’s daughter
  • Manipulative older advisor with suspect motives
  • Golden Boy
  • Local bartender
  • Surviving sibling of married couple
  • 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
Untitled Pilot 100 Monday, June 16th, 2008
Untitled Episode; No Ned.
The Will 101 Monday, June 23rd, 2008
The Will; No Ned. Set-up episode.
Family Tradition 102 Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Family Tradition; Casting notes: Family man and divorcee. (Creegan spotlight)
The Wages of Sin 103 Monday, July 14th, 2008
The Wages of Sin; Casting notes: priest and turk. (Vitagliano spotlight)
Loyalty 104 Monday, July 21st, 2007
Loyalty; Casting notes: Ex-con and blackmailed lieutenant.
War and Conflict 105 Monday, July 28th, 2007
War and Conflict; Casting notes: Donna and police chief.