STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: cast options extended; pilot filmed on 4/13/07
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) Most of us would like to believe that Washington is run by silver-haired elder statesmen. But, in truth, the majority of people who work in Congress look more like the kid behind the counter at Starbucks. The average age of a legislative aide is 25. From the college-aged interns to the 20-something staffers, our government is actually run by young people. And, sometimes they make mistakes. What happens when a Congressional staffer who is on track to a great political future meets a woman who could derail all his plans? Matt O'Brien is a rising star in the office of liberal, female Senator Bryce Lowell. Matt is charming and ambitious with presidential aspirations. He meets his match in Maggie Rogers a feisty, sexy, young woman. After spending the night with her, Matt discovers that Maggie is an 18-year-old congressional page and the daughter of his boss' major nemesis in the Senate. Not only is there a big age difference between Matt and Maggie, but there's a big ideological difference as well. Matt is a die-hard Democrat whereas Maggie was born and bred to be a Republican. Since a relationship with someone close to his boss' enemy could jeopardize Matt's standing at work, and a relationship with a page has "scandal" written all over it, he vows to avoid her at all costs. However, that becomes a lot more difficult when Maggie gets assigned to his office. From Shana Goldberg-Meehan, an executive producer of "Friends," and director Andy Ackerman, this is a show that explores the red state-blue state phenomenon dividing our country. It takes you inside a Senator's office and follows the young, idealistic people trying to make the world a better place, even if they disagree about how to do it.