James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti, former cast members of hit TV series One Tree Hill, returned to the Monte Carlo Television Festival this week to premiere the second season of their independently produced comedy Everybody’s Doing Great, described by the duo as ” against the court.” According to Colletti, the show will have a third season, and will continue to run independently for the time being.
They were accompanied at the festival by two of their co-stars, “The Royals” actress Alexandra Park (who is also Lafferty’s wife and served as an executive producer and writer on season two) and Kariba Hein.
Laverty and Colletti held a keynote talk during the festival’s business content section, sharing ideas on how to navigate independent production in Hollywood, and the challenges facing independent television producers. “I would say the biggest challenge is the general uncertainty,” said Lafferty.
Their fortunes began to change when Season 5 (formerly Endeavor Content) came on board to handle the US and international sales of their show. Coletti emphasized the pivotal role of the sales agent, saying, “They really changed the game for us.” He also praised their ability to market the show effectively, which led to Hulu acquiring it for the US, and Paramount Plus for its Nordic and Latin American release.
After distribution, the next critical step is ensuring a dedicated team. Lafferty explained, “Making sure your team is invested and engaged in social media can make all the difference between no one knowing about your show and people who genuinely care.” Having fanbases like those on “One Tree Hill” and “The Royals” can contribute greatly to the success of crowdfunding campaigns aimed at allowing the show to have more than just a pilot. Lafferty recalled their crowdfunding campaign in 2018, which raised the money to complete a full season, saying, “The outpouring of support has made us feel incredibly grateful. The fact that it was made was a dream come true. We owe everything to the fans.”
Now, they’re excited for the second season, as it showcases the unique aspects of their show and their growing confidence in their profession.
Speaking at the festival, Park, who has officially joined the writing team for the second season, described their writing process, which mainly consists of creating outlines rather than full scripts, leaving the actors creative freedom to improvise dialogue, a method of writing much appreciated by the stars. their celebrity guests.
Park has expressed her desire to bring a female perspective to the show as a writer, promising some intense episodes revolving around the characters of Andrea and Izzy. The dynamics between the male and female characters undergo major changes in the second season.
Heine explained, “The first season depicted the boys falling apart while the girls seemed ambitious, having everything together. In the second season, we flipped the script, and the girls go through some pretty heavy stuff, which leads to ridiculous and hilarious situations.”
The increase in episode count to 16 in the second season not only brings more content to the market, but also boosts sales potential internationally.
In regards to the WGA strike, they are all concerned and supportive, even though their production is not affiliated with the WGA but only with SAG at the moment. They have friends in unions and seek advice from them on how to handle this situation, which poses unique challenges for independent producers.
“What’s happening now is really important, of course,” said Lafferty. “You think about it a lot when you have something that comes out to the market, when you go on strike. But at the end of the day, show and wash. We film it, we edit it. We obviously have a responsibility to it.” ourselves and our investors to get it out there. At the same time, it’s our responsibility to stand by our unions.”
Lafferty added, “The goal is to be in the WGA someday. We’d like to get a commission. We’d like to have a studio behind the show so we can sign all these great syndicates and also give the people behind the camera on our show access to those syndicates.”