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Nice! Pilot For Alison McDonald's Web Short 'She Got Problems' Set Up At ABC

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 3, 2012 3:55 PM
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Bravo for Alison McDonald!

We loved and featured both web shorts she created, produced and starred in - She Got Problems and Alison Is Having A Really Bad Day - and even hoped that she'd get the opportunity to further explore and expand on her ideas, via some grander stage/platform like TV, or the big screen.

That was in the spring; Skip ahead several months, to news today that the veteran TV writer and story editor (and the sister of actress/singer Audra McDonald who made a hilarious cameo appearance in She Got Problems), has set up musical-comedy pilot for She Got Problems at ABC - home to Shonda Rhimes' family of dramas, including one that features a black woman lead in Scandal

Recall that, as we reported, Alison hoped that these web shorts (which are essentially autobigraphical, centering on a black woman writer who escapes her real-life career and relationship problems via these fantasy musical interludes) would work as pitches for what would eventually become full-fledged web, TV and/or feature films. 

ABC apparently agrees, and is giving her the opportunity to see that goal realized.

If you haven't seen either of the web shorts, both are embedded below; so take a look for a glimpse at what may be to come.

As I recall, your responses to both were on the fun, enthusiastic side; you dug the screwball, eccentric, quirky nature of each - something black characters are rarely *allowed* to be on screen.

Let's see where all this goes for Ms McDonald.

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  • jeni | November 8, 2013 12:07 AMReply

    I looked up this post because I could've sworn her series was also called Black Actress, similar to the series that Issa Rae launched. Are any of McDonald's projects still in play?

  • Somerset | May 24, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    Is the pilot still a possibility? It didn't come on the schedule for this fall or next spring, so is that usual?

    Or did they pass on this?

    Just curious. I really loved both of the shorts.

  • M. | December 6, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    Finally!!! Super excited for her.

  • lauren | December 3, 2012 11:42 PMReply

    So Refreshing! Love it!

  • mft | December 3, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    as a black woman with a legit voice (not gospel) I LOVE THIS!!! MUSICALS ROCK!!!

    as for the story...uh... this amazing incredibly beautiful talented loving black woman can't find a black guy she likes & who likes her? really? wow. ok. what do men want??

  • Mark & Darla | December 3, 2012 5:02 PMReply

    Do your thing girl, much success.

  • Ashley1 | December 3, 2012 4:30 PMReply

    Good for her! I've been saying that I'd love to see her on SNL ever since I saw these shorts. Hopefully she does well with this. I'm certainly a fan.

  • Jug | December 3, 2012 4:24 PMReply

    LMBAO She signed the baby! And the fountain bit, Classic! Funny & heartfelt. She's talented, beautiful, but above all-Smart! Both clips, tho about her being black, show a construction that she understands film, comedy & theatricality from "other" worlds & that adds to the humor & satire. She understands craft from other peoples and let's it influence HER Art. It shows me who SHE is. Great stuff & kudos to her!

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