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Episode 1×03 – “Presentations Galore”

By:
Jessica Boggs

 

FADE IN:
INT. BUSINESS HALLWAY – MORNING
JESSE is early to work for an important meeting. He meets up
with KASEY, and the scene is set to be business as usual.

 

KASEY
(with a smile)
Jesse! You’re early!

 

JESSE
I know, shock, right?

 

KASEY
(shrugs, then chuckles)
Well, let’s get to the office.
CUT TO:

 

INT. BUSINESS HALLWAY LOOP – CONTINUOUS
KASEY and JESSE walk briskly to JESSE’S office.
KASEY
Say, upfronts are today.

 

JESSE
(with a smile)
Yes, they are.

 

KASEY
Wow. It’s already here.

 

JESSE
With Psych Med and Marietta ordered
to series, plus reality TV, I better
hope that they both hit. Because if
they don’t…

 

KASEY
You’re in trouble. We’re in trouble.

 

JESSE
Exactly.

 

KASEY
Let’s hurry to the office.
CUT TO:

 

INT. JESSE’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS
JESSE hands KASEY a stack of papers. They are reports of
pilots and series orders.

 

JESSE
I managed to get these from my
computer.

 

KASEY
(in shock)
Wow! I wonder if it is too late
for this.

 

JESSE
Bring those to the president when
you get a chance.

 

KASEY
Will do, partner!

 

KASEY exits. JESSE then goes into a state of reflection.
He polishes his best suit with his hand. Then the phone rings.

 

JESSE
(into phone)
Hello?

 

It happens to be ASH on the phone.

 

ASH (V.O.)
I see you found your reports.

 

JESSE
Uh, yeah. Why?

 

ASH (V.O.)
Are you seriously putting a
potential hole in the schedule? One
more series should have been ordered!

 

JESSE
(in shock, into phone)
I get that. But…

ASH (V.O.)
But nothing. Now, since upfronts
are today, I don’t want you to
screw things up again. Your job is
on the line. If anything happens
again, you are fired!

 

JESSE
(trembles)
Okay.

 

ASH (V.O.)
Do I make myself clear?

 

JESSE
Yes, sir!

 

The phone conversation ends right there. JESSE then takes
a moment to himself. This is not the first time his job is
on the line. He then gets back up, takes a glass of wine
and sips on it.
FADE OUT:

 

FADE IN:
INT. GREEN ROOM – AFTERNOON
LEAH and ASH stand in this scene. LEAH polishes ASH’s suit.
He appears nervous, as if he is about to give the biggest
performance of his life. LEAH then looks calmly at him.

 

LEAH
You nervous, Ash?

 

ASH
I don’t know if I could go out
there, Leah.

 

LEAH
(with a smile)
You got this. Don’t worry.

 

ASH proceeds to hug LEAH, as tightly as he possibly can. He
then looks at her. There is some obvious unresolved sexual
tension in the room, but for some apparent reason, there
is a realization in the moment. The alarm sounded, indicating
that there is five minutes to be spared.

 

ASH
I guess that’s my cue. Gotta show
them how it’s done.

 

LEAH
(excited)
Let me know how it goes!

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. BACKSTAGE – THIRTY SECONDS LATER
ASH stands in attention, waiting to be called to present.

 

PRESENTER (V.O.)
And now, here’s our president,
Ash!
CUT TO:

 

INT. AUDITION STAGE – CONTINUOUS
ASH quickly jogs into the podium, greeted with an excited
looking press.

 

ASH
Hello, folks! Welcome to the
annual Network Up-Fronts! We got
some exciting shows premiering
this fall. On to the schedule…

 

The screen pops up with an alluring presentation of the schedule.

 

ASH
(with a commanding presence)
On Mondays at 8pm, we have season 3
of Real Hollywood. Followed by season
2 of Glamanour Heights at 9pm.

 

ASH then walks stage left away from the podium. He then pulls
his most charmingly convincing network smile for the cameras
as he continues his upfront presentation. The press then stands
there in nervous anticipation.

 

ASH
On Tuesdays, it’s comedy night!
At 8pm we have returning comedy Life
with Jess, followed by new comedy
Marietta at 8:30. At 9pm, we have the
returning Tuesday Night Sketch.
Wednesday night features reality TV
love at its finest. We have two hours
of The Choice at 8pm.
CUT TO:
INT. BACKSTAGE – CONTINUOUS
JESSE watches the entire presentation in nervous anticipation.
KASEY enters the scene.

 

KASEY
(shrugs)
We may be in trouble now after
this.

 

JESSE
Oh s***! You may be right. I could
lose my job.

 

The phone rings.

 

JESSE
Hello? Wait? What the hell?

 

He promptly gets the phone out of his ear.

 

JESSE
Trouble is starting in the green
room.

 

KASEY
(in shock)
We gotta do something!

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. AUDITION STAGE – CONTINUOUS
ASH is back on the podium.

 

ASH
Moving on to Thursday nights.
Returning at a new time at 8pm is
critically-acclaimed drama The
President’s Daughter, followed by
new drama Psych Med.

 

The audience gasps.

 

ASH
Moving on…

 

LEAH then enters the stage to interrupt ASH. It gets dicey.
They face each other in surprise.

 

LEAH
(angrily)
Ash, two women just trespassed
into the green room! What do we do?

 

ASH
Go back into the green room and
escort them out.

 

The audience lets out a huge sigh of surprise. LEAH then
exits right. ASH then returns to the podium.

 

ASH
Okay. I apologize for the
commotion. Moving on to Friday
nights! We have two hours of
Headlines at 8. Here at the network,
we are pleased to offer more original
programming than ever before!

 

REPORTER #1 (O.S.)
Excuse me, what the heck is Psych Med?

 

ASH
(startled)
I will get to new programs in a minute.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT.  GREEN ROOM – CONTINUOUS
JESSE and KASEY enter the scene. The twosome then sees a clearly
angered LEAH confronting CHARLIE and a manhandled ACTOR #1 from
last week’s church scene. Seeing what they couldn’t un-see, which
is a Dynasty-style catfight fresh off the tabloid press.

 

JESSE
(frightened)
What the hell is going on here?
What the hell are you two doing
here making a commotion?

 

CHARLIE
(smirks)
I’m here to teach this sucker
that actor outrage is not going
to renew a show.

 

ACTOR #1
Oh yeah, b****? Why don’t you tell
that garbage to Timeless? We have
millions of fans and you know it.

 

CHARLIE
But not enough to watch your show,
honey. Stop bluffing!

 

KASEY
(turns to JESSE)
Jesse, you need to do something.
This is about to get out of hand
and fast!

 

JESSE
(walks toward CHARLOTTE
and ACTOR #1)
Ladies, this is not the time for
fighting.

 

CHARLIE
(huffs)
Oh yeah? She clearly needs a reality
check that nobody knows who she is!

 

ACTOR #1
Why don’t you…
CHARLIE then grabs ACTOR #1 by the hair. KASEY tries to break up
the fight, but gets injured massively. JESSE then tries to break
it up, but is kicked in the teeth.

 

JESSE
(smooths his clothes)
That’s it, aargh! I’m calling
security!

 

CHARLIE
I’m going to teach you something,
you twat!

 

KASEY
(in shock)
Stop it, please! Stop it!

 

ACTOR #1
Aaaarrrrggghhhhh…

 

CHARLOTTE then grabs onto ACTOR #1 and body slams her onto the
table. As KASEY takes her glasses off, ACTOR #1 then gets back
up and tears CHARLOTTE’s clothes. Then, the catfighters then
slam into KASEY into a three-way WWE showdown of the ages.
KASEY tries to fend for herself as she kicks her way out of the
brawl. JESSE is on the phone with a security guard.

 

JESSE
(on phone)
Security! I need a guard to
come over here to the green
room immediately! There’s a
brawl over here!

 

JESSE then hangs up.

 

Next week, we have our midseason finale. It looks like this
presentation will go horribly. Until next time, folks!

 

END OF EPISODE

WRITTEN BY: Jessica Boggs
CREATED BY: Jessica Boggs
PRODUCED BY: Jessica Boggs, TVRGO

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