Aimee & David Thurlo's Ella Clah, a Navajo Police special investigator, is one of the most enduring and popular characters in detective fiction today. Ella's dedicated fans have long dreamed of the bestselling, critically acclaimed series coming to television...and it almost happened.
In 2001, CBS commissioned a pilot script, a sample episode of a proposed series, from writer/producers Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin. Sadly, the Ella Clah pilot ultimately wasn't produced, and ever since, the script has been hotly sought-after by fans. Here, at long last, is that rare pilot script, along with the original sales treatment, six episode ideas, a foreword by the Thurlos, and a detailed account from Goldberg & Rabkin about how they approached their adaptation and what their plans were for the TV series.
It's an exciting, must-read story for Ella Clah fans and aspiring TV screenwriters alike and a fascinating peek behind-the-scenes of network television.
"One of the genre's most believable and empathetic protagonists," Booklist
"A tough, appealing heroine who faces personal conflict between professional duty and pride in her heritage," Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
David was raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation and left Shiprock to complete his education at the University of New Mexico.
Aimée, born in Havana, Cuba, has lived in New Mexico for forty-three years. Their popular Ella Clah mystery series, featuring a Navajo woman police officer, won a New Mexico Book Award. They've also won the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Their romantic suspense novels for Harlequin have sold more than two million copies worldwide.
Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee and the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels and non-fiction books, including the Diagnosis Murder and Monk series of mystery novels, The Walk, Watch Me Die, King City, and The Heist, which he co-wrote with Janet Evanovich. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing and production of episodic television series.
William Rabkin is a two-time Edgar Award nominee who writes the Psych series of novels and is the author of Writing the Pilot. He has consulted for studios in Canada, Germany, and Spain on television series production and teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and as an adjunct professor in UC Riverside's low-residency masters program.
Together, Goldberg & Rabkin are the authors of Successful Television Writing, The Dead Man series of novels, and have written and/or produced scores of highly successful network television series, including Diagnosis Murder, Spenser: For Hire, Baywatch, SeaQuest, Hunter, Nero Wolfe, Martial Law, Missing, Monk and The Glades.