Wives Without Borders (One-Hour TV Dramedy)
GENRE: One-Hour TV comedy
TONE: The Marvelous Mrs. Mazel meets Six Feet Under
THEME: This show is about relationships and the underlying questions: How can you ever really know another person? How can you learn to trust again, especially after been betrayed or heartbroken? How well do you know yourself? How honest are you about your motivations? How do you know if the person you just fell in love with is really a murderer?
Wives Without Borders is about forgiveness. How do we forgive ourselves and others for the emotional/physical injuries we’ve sustained?
It’s also about friendship and the endearing ways that friendships save our lives.
AWARDS: Semi-finalist, Cinematic Short Story Competition 2018 for my collection of short fiction, LOVE IS LOUDER - Wives Without Borders is in this collection.
LOGLINE: A newly heartbroken, never-been-married woman (39) poses as a psychic medium in order to meet eligible widowers with the hope of falling in love. She successfully fakes her way through conversations with her clients’ dead wives, falls in love with a handsome doctor (50) whose younger, newly-deceased wife shows up in her kitchen one night and warns her that Dr. Charming killed her.
Opening Sequence: MADDIE (39 - swarthy, voluptuous, quick-witted and self-deprecating) attends at a week-long, silent meditation retreat and unleashes her inner dialogue with her demons (her mother, Gypsy (60), her ex-boyfriend, Stevie (35), and a slew of other inner critics and comedic diatribes that reside inside her psyche.
When another woman at the retreat, Sobbing Sofia is visited by a strange apparition of an older woman with a heavy Eastern European accent and Koolaid Red hair, Maddie is the only one who sees her. She “shows” Maddie odd locations where she hid her jewelry before she died unexpectedly. Maddie is sure that the week-long silence induced dormant Schizophrenia.
At the end of the week, Maddie shares this information with Sobbing Sofia who finds the jewelry. A closet psychic is born.
Maddie returns to her small town in Northern CA and discovers that her home has been ravaged by wild fires. With no job, no boyfriend, no kids, and now no home, she gives in to her mother’s pleading and agrees to move back to Chicago to start over. Maybe this time she’ll find her true love and build a new life.
Her mother, GYPSY a Femme Fatale (pretty, petite, Narcissistic, but with a good heart and enhanced in all the right places) has been married five times and is determined to get Maddie married before she’s forty. Maddie’s laid back temperament is peppered with bouts of neurosis and angst. As close as Maddie and Gypsy are, they’re an odd duo.
Maddie moves back to Chicago with all her physical and personal baggage. Her former boyfriend was having an affair with another man and contracted HIV, which is one of the reasons why he refused to impregnate her.
Maddie takes over the job of a therapist who worked at a ‘cosmic’ bookstore without realizing that she has also worked as a psychic medium. Maddie doesn’t really have this skill (or does she?), but runs with it and starts advertising with grief groups. his strategy proves lucrative and yields far better dating prospects than her recent online dating adventures.
She meets Harvey (50) , a sexy ER doctor. They chemistry between them skyrockets. She falls for him instantly. She also meets several others from his Grief Group and fakes her way through the psychic readings, becoming somewhat of a celebrity. Word spreads.
She hears strange noises in her kitchen at night and discovers the ghosts of women eating and drinking her food — Jessie (Harvey dead wife) and Pat (another patient’s dead wife).
They truly are Wives Without Borders and are there for a reason - to redeem themselves and get out of spiritual detention so they can move on. Jessie warns Maddie that Harvey really killed her. Is she lying and evil or is she
The pilot script ends here.
The series has many unexpected twists and turns as Maddie tries to get to her wedding day with Harvey while unearthing new truths and old baggage.