Problem Solved: ABC Picks Up African-American Filmmaker’s “She’s Got Problems”

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December 5, 2012 ‐ By Ann Brown

It started out as a film short, but now Alison McDonald’s mini-movie is about to become a full-blown TV series. ABC liked the musical-comedy pilot She Got Problems so much  that it has inked a deal with McDonald.

As many observers say, the best creative ventures are those that are based on reality. And Problems is an “autobiographical, screwball laffer … that centers on the life of an African-American writer who escapes her romance and career problems with a world of musical fantasy,” reports Variety.  The antics ensue when she starts working for an outspoken mogul. On her website, McDonald, who is the sister of Broadway star Audra McDonald, describes “Problems” as “Bridesmaids meets Flight of the Conchords.”  The show is actually based on two short movie-musicals McDonald created and starred in called She Got Problems and Alison Is Having a Really Bad Day.

McDonald is no newcomer to television. Her TV writing credits include: Nurse Jackie, Everybody Hates Chris, and American Dad. She has also directed various short films, including The Life & Times of Little Jimmy B., which aired on PBS, and won a Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award. She was Fulbright scholar and honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division.

When Problems begins airing on ABC, McDonald will continue to write as well as receive a supervising producer credit.

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