It’s just been confirmed that Eleventh Hour will air in the post-CSI slot on Thursdays at 10pm in CBS’s Fall schedule. In the words of one of the people who passed me the info, “This is huge”. It had already been tagged as “the biggest television deal ever made during development season” – which, if I’m honest, probably says more about Bruckheimer’s industry muscle than it does about anything else.
But with Crusoe on NBC at 8pm Fridays, it means that one way or another I get my grubby fingerprints onto twenty-six hours’ worth of US primetime this year.
No, I’m not sure how that came about, either. But I’ll tell you what I’m struck by, and that’s the speed of movement when Americans make TV. Because of my exclusivity clause I can’t be directly involved in production on Eleventh Hour, but I’m having a great time on Crusoe. The pace can seem ruthless but it’s also exhilarating. For a screenwriter it’s the nearest thing you can get to live performance.