STATUS: previously in development (2004-2005 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) He's young. He's literate. He's cocky. But he doesn't have a clue what he's doing at America's largest, weekly newsmagazine. After all, they write in the third person, and they think stories should be researched. Taking a page or nine from the real-life experiences of TIME Magazine's Joel Stein, this is the ultimate fish out of water story. Joel can't swim in the news pool very well, but what he does do is write from a unique point of view. Though he's sure he's about to be fired, he'll breathe some life into the stuffy old rag. Of course, all of his colleagues at American Weekly think he represents the dumbing down of their esteemed institution – and they're never going to let him forget it! Starring Colin Hanks (Orange County, Roswell), it's my generation vs. theirs as only Joel Stein's razor-sharp wit can present it.