It seems producer Graham Yost thinks female spies of decades past are going to be television’s next hot commodity. In addition to producing the Keri Russell-led ’80s spy drama, The Americans, for FX, Yost is planning to bring a similarly themed idea currently titled L.A. Woman to NBC, which he would write and executive produce.
While L.A. Woman likely brings to mind the title track from the Doors’ 1971 record – and what will almost certainly be some sort of opening song should the project move to series – the program itself would be an hour-long drama concerning a female spy in 1970s Los Angeles.
At the moment, there’s no word on what or who this spy would be spying on, not to mention where she’s getting her directives. The time period would suggest that said spy is in the midst of some Cold War tomfoolery, but for which side? Then again, there’s always the question of just what kind of spy drama Yost has in mind. While upcoming period dramas like The Americans and HBO’s The Missionary sound like they will have their roots in more cerebral spy dramas like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or The Good Shepherd, there’s always the chance Yost is planning on taking the action-centric route a la the James Bond films or USA’s Covert Affairs.
Hopefully more details will be coming soon, so that this series can distinguish itself from The Americans with more than a mere mention of the decade in which the show takes place. Given Yost’s penchant for developing thrilling dramas centered on strong protagonists, chances are L.A. Woman won’t be a simple retread of his newest series.
Of course, Yost is most well known for FX’s modern-day western, Justified, on which he’s served as executive producer for the past three seasons, but Yost can also count TNT’s alien invasion drama, Falling Skies, amongst his ever-growing collection of series either currently in production or vying for placement on some network’s schedule. Having two female-centric spy dramas on his plate, along with a sci-fi war series currently going strong, certainly suggests that Yost’s comfort zone as a producer rests far beyond the boundaries of Harlan County.
L.A. Woman will also be a return to NBC for Yost, as he paired with Jeff Goldblum in 2007 for the defective detective series Raines and the well-liked, but equally short-lived series Boomtown in 2002. That series featured Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson, both of whom were reunited with Yost during season 3 of Justified. As he did there, perhaps Yost already has a lead actress in mind that has worked on one of his many shows in the past.
Aside from casting concerns, should the project go to series, it will be interesting to see how Yost handles the period drama element, and balances it against more modern concerns. For every Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire or Downton Abbey, there’s an inevitable downturn seen with things like NBC’s ill-fated The Playboy Club. Since Yost has had plenty of experience working with history on things like the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, chances are the writer and producer will have something more clever and meaningful on his mind than pointing out the kitschy elements of the decade or focusing solely on a specific time and place.
Screen Rant will continue to update you with news regarding L.A. Woman, as it is made available.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter