It Starts On The Page: Read The Pilot Script For ‘Schmigadoon!’

With his writing partner Ken Daurio, the two created Schmigadoon! The series premiered in July 2021 and has been renewed for a second season on Apple TV+. Paul also wrote the original music for the series, with inspirations from musicals like Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music and The Music Man. as a musical comedy with inside jokes about theater and a talented ensemble of singers. Cinco Paul had the idea to create a series that is both a parody of, and an homage to, the Golden Age musicals of the 1940s and '50s.
"What? "Corn pudding, what is that?" Melissa asks. You mean to tell me you've never heard of corn puddin'?" one of the townsfolk, Betsy, responds.
"Puddin'", written by Paul and Daurio and directed by Barry Sonnenfield, begins with Melissa and Josh meeting at a vending machine in the hospital where they both work. In an effort to repair the relationship, the two decide to go on a romantic hike. Sparks fly and the two begin a relationship, but scenes from the following years show that spark slowly dying.
When they get lost, they find themselves in the magical town of Schmigadoon, where they become trapped in a musical until they can find true love. The series follows Melissa and Josh, played by Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key, two doctors who go on a backpacking trip to save their relationship.
Paul's original song "Corn Puddin'" is also featured in the episode as Melissa and Josh eventually encounter the townsfolk, who become "Quasi New Main Street Singers"
The pilot episode, "Puddin'", is the latest installment of It Starts on the Page, Deadline’s annual series that highlights the scripts that serve as the creative backbones of the buzzy shows that will define the TV awards season. The scripts in our series are all being submitted for Emmy Awards consideration this year and have been selected by Deadline using criteria that includes critical acclaim, selecting from a wide range of networks and platforms and a mix of established and lesser-known shows.
"You just started another song!" "Oh no, it's a song," Josh says to Melissa.
Click below to read the pilot script and the "Corn Puddin'" score:” />

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