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so long (pilot)
in development

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T H E   E P I S O D I C

Conceived by producers David Schoner, Jr. and AJ Swirz, “Emmett Grey” is an 8-episode dramedy with elements of comedy and iconic musical performances.  Set in Atlantic City in 1961 as the former “Jewel of the Atlantic” is beginning to show its cracks, we delve into a world that revolves around the club culture that defined an era.  The 500 Club, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack dominate the mainstream nightlife, but the underground scene is what drives the city and its people. Venturing off the beaten path you’ll find venues that serve the under-served. North of Arctic Avenue is Club Harlem, showcasing the talents of Black performers that are not showcased elsewhere. Snake Alley is the narrow, winding road that can only be found if you know what you’re looking for. It houses the gay clubs of the resort city including the city’s oldest, The Entertainer’s Club.  Music, drag, and the clashing of cultures fuels the story of “Emmett Grey,” which follows the life of a young boy who must pave a new path with the help of his uncle in a city that is threatening to consume them.

NOTABLE CRITIQUE from script-up & maniff


"The pilot of EMMETT GREY manages to transform a tragic premise into a heartening dramedy about new families that has the potential to capture modern audiences in the way it engages and challenges prejudices around parenthood and familial relationships that are still prevalent today."


"A really fun, vibrant character-driven drama with lost of emotional impact.  I very much enjoyed how well drawn the characters were and commend the effort to pack them with personality.  the choice of setting in the Atlantic city underground cabaret/drag scene is not only glamorous and unique, but I think is also smart in providing scope for contemporary feeling representation and discussions around the treatment of women, POC, the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalised people."

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