TV Tonight readers have been asked to participate in a unique online focus group for Anatomy of Murder, a new mystery series concept.
McNamara has created a show he hopes will attract industry interest, but after a few knockbacks from TV execs he’s decided to think laterally and turn to the audience for feedback.
Anatomy of a Murder is based around a murder mystery where the solving of the case is left for the audience, and in doing so wins a cash prize.
McNamara has been working on the project for a decade and has filmed 3 episodes. Like many creatives, he’s had his share of ups and downs.
“It has been a very difficult path with a few false starts,” he said. “Along the journey some people in the entertainment industry have made some negative comments about the format and me not being in the industry. It has been hard to get to this point as I have had to pick myself up after these comments and keep moving forward.
“I have designed the format, produced the 3 episodes and built the website. Over the years, many people have been involved, but only a few have really helped me, the others has fallen away. Many have said that I am crazy to have spent money on making the 3 episodes, building the website etc. and that I should just give up. I invested the time and money as I wanted to prove to people how much I believe in the format by not just delivering a 4 page glossy.”
Readers are being asked to view a trailer and vote in an online poll. Darren McNamara is genuinely hoping for reader feedback in your Comments.
He is hoping the concept appeals to people tired of the Reality genre.
“I think there are a lot of people like me who are sick of Reality TV singing, dancing, cooking, renovation shows. It’s time for something different that engages with the audience,” he says.
“It has been a rollercoaster ride, both emotionally and financially. In conducting this poll, I am sure there are going to be some negative comments, I am just hoping that the positive comments outweigh the negative comments. And perhaps maybe some good ideas as well.”