Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Get a Vanity Series

by Paul William Tenny

For some odd reason, network and cable executives like to give free rides to rich and famous actors (which we already know) along with letting them take on jobs they aren't qualified for and probably have no real interest in doing. Chances are while they'll be sitting at the top as far as creative decisions go (which as non-writers on a television series is just about the worst thing possible) but I guarantee you they won't be putting in 20 hour days, every day for the run of the entire season.

They'll hire somebody to do that for them, without the authority that person will have earned through the work, and without any credibility amongst the shows staff. It may very well turn into a good show, but right now it just reeks of a vanity series.

The two-person "justice league" of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are executive-producing for HBO a drama series that will explore the behind-the scenes politics of an international aid organization and chronicle the lives of the humanitarian workers assigned to dangerous areas of the globe, says the Hollywood Reporter. Scott Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) will pen the script.

Also, it sounds terribly boring.
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Boring it may be to people like you, to people like me who are actually interested in humanitarian workers and international aid organizations, it's not. Call it a "vanity project," but this is the only way that a series like this could ever see the light of day. This is not going to make them any money, just like "A Mighty Heart," but they believe in its value and will do it just the same. And I, for one, am glad and grateful.

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