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Rashida Jones Sells Dark, Noir Nail Salon-Set Dramedy To HBO

by Natasha Greeves
December 26, 2013 12:41 PM
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Rashida Jones and partner Will McCormack (via their Warner Bros-based Le Train Train production company) has sold a half-hour comedy pilot to HBO, titled Claws, and is described as a dark workplace "dramedy-noir" about a nail salon in Florida and the strange, dangerous women who work there. 

As someone who frequents nail salons, this sounds like something fresh. I can't think of any TV series or movie set in a nail salon, that's also a dark noir dramedy, following the strange, dangerous employees.

No exact plot details are available yet, however. 

Marking next in a line in a string of projects Jones and McCormack have sold to various TV networks, Claws will be penned by Eliot Laurence, with Jeff Grosvenor producing for Warner Bros. TV, along with Jones and Mcormack, who will also exec produce.

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  • elissa | January 1, 2014 2:53 PMReply

    " I can't think of any TV series or movie set in a nail salon"

    Maybe you haven't seen the acclaimed Happy Flower Nail? Please check it out (or write about it) It is an incredibly fresh ( and dare i say feminist?) play by Radha Blank about a nail salon in BK - also being developed for screen. I wonder if Ms Jones has?

  • George | December 28, 2013 5:32 PMReply

    So will it be more stylized to Elmore Leonard material or one those hybrids that generally struggle with tone like Dexter on showtime.

  • Alias | December 28, 2013 3:08 PMReply

    @Ladybug ...and I'll add to your comment, the recently cancelled "Client List" although set in a massage (therapy) studio, had a B story in which Jennifer Hewitt's mother and best friend worked at a hair salon/nail studio. (Just to play Devil's Advocate and be in agreement with LadyBug :-)). ...I, also have never been enamored with Rashida as an actress or a producer/writer. She's like Key and Peele or Craig Robinson. An actress who, of late, gets a lot of publicity, but no one is quite sure who (as in what audience or demographic) is excited about, much less interested in her work.

  • Akimbo | December 28, 2013 4:18 PM

    So strange. All four of the people you mentioned have mainstream success. Maybe that's why you're not excited about them? Granted Robinson and Jones do a lot of ensemble work, so a project's success does not rest on their shoulders, but Key & Peele is just Key & Peele and they get great ratings and reviews.

    I like all four people and, while I've heard people say they don't really care about Rashida, I've never heard it said about Craig, Keegan, or Jordan.

  • Ladybug | December 28, 2013 8:57 AMReply

    Steel Magnolias was set in a beauty salon . . . hair, nails, waxing. Can't remember how long ago but a pilot was shot called Mann's World starring Don Johnson set in a Beverly Hills Salon. So I don't know how fresh it is . . . but it's coming to HBO. I haven't really loved any of the stuff Rashida Jones has been in or produced\Written.

  • Radha Blank | December 27, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    HappyFlowerNail…is a solo play (AND pilot) about a Korean-owned nail salon in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. PLENTY of Black, Asian, Latina women over here! :-)

  • LeonRaymond | December 26, 2013 1:10 PMReply

    Uh Oh' this means there won't be any Black Folk in this series A. HBO turns down almost anything new that features Black Folk. B. Rashida won't be writing Black folk into this I bet except some hyper stereotypical role !

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    The cast may be majority Vietnamese-American as they have a near-monopoly on the nail care industry (some stereotypes are true). That would be truer to real life.

    Shout out to Jones for selling her show to HBO. I like the concept -- lots of situational potential (and nail salons are great "fronts" for various skullduggery). It's hard to get a show on HBO and get a full order PERIOD -- no matter who or what you are. It helps that she's actually capable of writing funny, nuanced material (see "Celeste and Jesse...").

    It also helps that she's associated with a successful network sitcom in "Parks & Rec."

    LMBAO @ Yep. Sad yet true -- until we step up our collective game.

  • scripttease | December 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    You're right they will have one stereotypical Black Woman or Black Gay Man!!!

  • yep | December 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    If she's smart she won't! yep. Why set yourself up for failure?

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