Question: Any early thoughts on Hugh Jackman's CBS project Viva Laughlin? The musical/drama seems like a very ambitious project!
Answer: Doesn't it, though. I loved the BBC America series it's based on (Viva Blackpool), a fantastical hybrid of musical and mystery with echoes of Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective, Pennies from Heaven). With characters breaking into song, basically singing along to pop standards on the soundtrack that comment on the action, it is definitely a big risk for this most conventional of networks. I'm sure comparisons to Cop Rock will be on the minds of all the inevitable naysayers. I'd love to see CBS swing the bat with this one. If it fails, it would do so grandly. But if it turns out that this is something America has actually been waiting to see (shades of Lost's early breakthrough), imagine the thrill.