HBO Closes Doors on Lesbian Drama ‘Open’

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
HBO Closes Doors on Lesbian Drama ‘Open’

Just last April 2014, HBO made a pilot order for “Open,” a lesbian-themed drama from Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”). But the premium cable network decided it will not push forward with it. Read on for the details.

HBO is no longer continuing with the development of “Open,” the risqué romance drama that centered on a lesbian relationship. The show, described in the loglines as “a multi-character exploration of the complex, ever evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy, and intimacy in relationships,” was supposed to be headlined by Anna Torv (“Fringe”) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Single White Female”). The two would have played a lesbian couple in a long-term relationship, where Torv’s character, who is a yoga instructor, would be embroiled in an affair with a married gynecologist. The gynecologist was supposed to be played by Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”).


“Open” was co-written by Murphy with Lauren Gussis and also starred Jaimie Alexander (“Thor”), Scott Speedman (“Felicity”) and Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”). The pilot was produced by 20th TV/Fox 21, where Murphy has an ongoing deal. It was 20th TV who introduced Murphy to HBO for “The Normal Heart” and subsequently for “Open.”

When the idea for “Open” was first broached, HBO’s honcho was apparently hooked on the script. According to Deadline, the decision to drop “Open” first came to light back in May, after Murphy premiered his TV movie, “The Normal Heart,” which also aired on HBO. The pilot episode of “Open” was reportedly in need of some tweaking, but this didn’t happen.

“After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved. However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future,” remarked Michael Lombardo, the head of programming for HBO, which was published via Deadline.

With “Open” not pushing forward, the cable channel, however, can still work with Murphy in other projects. After all, “The Normal Heart” was a good fit for them, particularly with the show winning accolades and recognition at the recent Emmy Awards.

And that’s the news about “Open,” which will no longer be in HBO’s next lineup.  For more television news and other entertainment updates, keep checking Movie News Guide (MNG).

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