NBC picks up 'quarterlife'

Creators will retain creative control
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 12:42 AM CST
NBC picks up 'quarterlife'
Scott Michael Foster, who plays Jed Berland and Michelle Lombardo, who plays Debra Locatelli, with director, writer and %u201Cquarterlife%u201D co-creator Marshall Herskovitz during the shooting of the pilot on location in Los Angeles, CA.(AP Photo/quarterlife,Elisabeth Caren)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The made-for-Internet show "quarterlife," created and largely financed by the brains behind "My So-Called Life" and "thirtysomething," will be appearing on TV thanks to a deal with NBC signed this week. The show will most likely hit old-media screens early next year, after all 36 scheduled webisodes have aired. New episodes will continue to debut online before their TV air dates.

Creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick will retain both creative control and ownership of the show as part of the deal with NBC, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although the show's writers are Writers Guild members, Herskovitz says he thinks he'll be able to skirt the strike by negotiating a separate agreement with the WGA, which is willing to allow members to work on primarily-Internet ventures. (Read more television stories.)

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