Ryan Murphy's Sexy Pilot Open Lands at HBO

Ryan Murphy HBO Pilot OpenHBO has acquired Open, Glee creator Ryan Murphy‘s drama spec script about human sexuality and relationships — and promptly given it a pilot order, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The provocative project, which was penned by Murphy and Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, revolves around five characters. Among them are a thirtysomething married couple, the husband’s male co-worker and a female yoga professional in her 40s.

The potential series is “an adult show that is very frank in its depiction of sex,” Murphy tells Deadline. However, “it is a very honest exploration of relationships and intimacy, and the sex feels organic to the subject matter,” notes 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman.

Open “is a perfect marriage of an idea and execution,” adds HBO president Michael Lombardo. “This is an area we’ve been talking about doing something in for some time, and Ryan did it in a way that is enormously engaging.”

Casting will begin shortly, with filming set to begin this fall.

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  1. Maddy says:

    It will have an amazing and promising first season and then quickly lose its way.

    • Zach says:

      The New Normal didn’t have one. In fact the show just plain sucks. It’s a comedy, minus the funny parts, with extra stereotypes thrown in.

    • Elly says:

      I think you’re even giving him too much credit. Have you seen “The New Normal”? It’s such a shame because those are all great actors (except NeNe Leaks, ick) but the show is so clearly a thinly veiled homage to himself. Pretty much any character that is reflected from real life just gets their name changed to something that rhymes and then spends the 1/2 hour making his character look good. Classic case of little man syndrome.

      • Josh says:

        You mean like Kurt was? He so wrote Kurt as himself, it’s why Kurt’s flaws were overlooked(he was a bully, vapid, and sort of a stalker…yet he was always the victim, the one to root for). I think Murphy has good ideas..I just don’t he should write them. Leave that for other people!

        • Elly says:

          I didn’t even think of Kurt, you’re totally right. It’s weird because as a person, I would like each of those characters as friends but the fact that Ryan Murphy sees them as himself makes me hate them a little lol.

    • dee123 says:

      AHS, although does that count seeing it changes every season? Plus people always forget both Nip/Tuck and Popular had better 2nd seasons.

    • dude says:

      Tell that to American Horror Story.

    • JeniLee says:

      haha AGREED. Except Popular. The second season of that show was still great. Of course it was the only one that was canceled before it got bad!

  2. cx says:

    Can’t wait. Ryan Murphy is a genius.

    • Tom says:

      What exactly do you mean by “genius”? It seems a bit strong for someone who has “Creator of Glee” on their credits.

      • A says:

        Regardless of what Glee has become right now, you can’t doubt the fact that Glee has made a huge impact on television history and music and its still a huge phenomenon around the world. It was indeed a pretty great creation he made seeing as how there are so many people in the world who are passionate about it to this day (whether the passion is about how much they love it or how much they hate it). The guy is definitely creative but he needs to figure out a way to handle the shows he creates properly and with consistency, but who knows if that will happen any time soon.

        • Tom says:

          As an honest-to-God student of television, to claim that “Glee” has made a huge impact on television history is an insult to television and history. I don’t think in years to come, people will be discussing the merits of Glee in the same breath as All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or more recently Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or Homeland. If anything, **Murphy has proven how not to run a show, with the exception of American Horror Story which changes characters and plot lines every season because he can’t handle it for more than one. So good for him for creating something for himself that he can manage.

          (**Even though he’s not actually the showrunner for any of his shows currently)

          • A says:

            Agree to disagree because over the past 4 years Glee has become a huge phenomenon and it definitely has made an impact on television and regardless of how much it has changed (better for some, worse for others), I don’t think there was ever really anything like Glee before it premiered. It seems like you don’t like the show anymore and that’s why you’re refusing to acknowledge its impact which is quite significant.

          • David4 says:


            Glee is High School Musical: The Series.

            How is that special? For storytelling Degrassi has been more important to the world than Glee. Also Glee probably won’t make it to a 6th season, it might not even get a 5th. It can’t be that amazing of a show worldwide.

            And I lived with Brazilians, Haitians, Britons and not a one of them thought Glee was anything special, most didn’t know what it was.

          • kate says:

            agree. and ‘all in the family’ changed everything. that show is still hysterically funny and a really great cultural study of america in the 1960s & 1970s. will anybody be talking about glee in 30 years? doubtful. extremely doubtful.

          • An another honest-to-god student of television, and as someone who took a lot from Glee in her own life, i personally think people will talk about Glee in the future. It has made an impact on awareness for so many topics: Coming out as gay, coming out as trans, suicide, bullying etc etc. You cannot deny the good the show has done for teenagers, specifically LGBT teenagers, who up until Glee came along were often depicted as tragic heroes in TV, rather than just as regular people. Plus, having a positive representation of a lesbian teenager is something that wasn’t often seen, as lesbians on the screen weren’t seen as often as their male counterparts, and therefore limiting the use of lesbian imagery that women who are struggling with their sexuality strive to find (speaking from my own personal experience as a lesbian), and neither was a positive bisexual character (which Revenge later did better with Nolan Ross, admittedly). Saying Glee has had little to no impact is a surprisingly ignorant statement, as it’s shown people around the world who are different that it’s ok. Whether they’re (and i’ll use character examples from the show, to continue my point here) Mentally handicapped, physically handicapped, shy, obnoxious, gay, trans, bi, lonely, depressed, or even just dress differently, they’re still human beings who deserve respect. And at the end of the day, that’s the impact that Glee has left behind, and the reason why it will be talked about in the future. And that’s my two cents :) xx

          • Midori4 says:



            Everything you have just listed has been done tons of times on Degrassi. It’s still being done, it’s why it’s on it’s 13th season and has hundreds of episodes. Degrassi was the first show that dealt with teenage gay issues. It was the first to deal with trans issues, and did so amazingly.

            Glee had Kurt, he was a bully and a stalker of Finn. That’s creepy. But Kurt was the victium because the straight guy said no. That makes gay guys look horrible and as one I’m offended by Kurt.

          • Ok, yes Degrassi did it first. However, Glee was a more popular show internationally (although Degrassi is an amazing show). And, about the character of Kurt: Ok, the character, at times, isn’t portrayed very well (the stalker tendancies, and the whole bisexual rant), but as the show went on, he lost that, and became a really developed character, and (i’m speaking series 3 and 4 here, not 1 and 2) a potential role model for fem guys (that’s another rant for another day, effiminaphobia pisses me off lol). Even if you don’t like him, let me list off the positive gay characters (both male and female, and i’ll include less developed characters who i think we’re still awesome role models) *ahem*:
            Dave: Hear me out! His coming out story on the show was very realistic, and a pretty accurate representation of what some (note the ‘some’) people go through. Hell, i think the episode surrounding his attempted suicide was one of the most accurate and well written episodes Glee has done (speaking as someone who has attempted suicide in the past). I think, as a way of coming out, it was a very well done story.
            Santana: Need i say more? One of the most progressive lesbian characters i have ever seen, and someone i see as a personal role model.
            Sebastian: Again: Hear me out! This is a character who doesn’t let his sexuality define him. His personality isn’t because he’s gay, which a lot of Glee characters attribute their personalities to, admittedly, it’s just cause he’s a douche. Personally, i think that’s kind of progressive. You can disagree with me if you want, but i think his character was pretty awesome, considering his sexuality was incidental rather than shoved in your face.
            Blaine: Oh come on, you cannot deny how awesome of a character Blaine is. He’s one of the most interesting characters on the show, and one of the most developed. And, again, he’s an awesome role model in my opinion. He doesn’t let anything get him down, he stands up to it. Personally, i think that’s pretty great.

            Look, i have a feeling we won’t agree anyway, so let’s just agree to disagree, because we both have valid points, neither of us is right or wrong because it’s all subjective, so let’s just say we view the show from different angles and leave it at that xx

      • Elly says:

        He didn’t even create it, Ian Brennan did. Ryan just put his name on it to get a studio deal.

    • kd8604 says:

      agree. again, say what you will about all his shows, they’ve had a huge impact on television. glee, the new normal, american horror story, nip|tuck, and even popular (HUGE cult following). this will be his first series on a premier cable channel. i’m super curious to see what he does with that and how far he’ll go (and we all know he can go pretty far)

  3. John K. says:

    Didn’t HBO already try this with Tell Me You Love Me?

    • Seriously. says:

      I was about to type the same thing!

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      Glad you noted this – I thought the same thing. I have the ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ DVD – an interesting series. I am a ‘Lost’ fan, and so, I wanted to see Sonya W, who has a key role in this series. She’s terrific, but the series, perhaps a little bland. Will be interesting to see Ryan’s take on this concept.
      I’m a fan of Ryan’s work – I know that his series tend to drop off after a while [even Lost tailed off at the end as well], but nevertheless [like Lost], when those series are at their peak: Nip Tuck, Glee, AHS, there is not much better on TV. When his shows are good, they are very good. I’m betting RM will get this new series rolling and it will do well. No one is perfect – everyone has a ‘New Normal’ on their resume.

  4. Nicole G says:

    Not watching anything R Murphy related ever again. The disrespect he shows towards fans of his shows is wrong on so many levels. I cant believe networks still want to work with him.

  5. Rachel says:

    He has way too many shows on air right now. He’s up to what 4 with this one now, that is if the new normal stays. He should focus on the ones he has now, then later focus on ideas he has on new ones. Yes he’s creative, but he can’t hold anything together for more than one to two seasons cause he’s to scatter brained.

  6. Et. Al says:

    The only way I watch is if Mary Cherry is a character.

  7. A says:

    Ugh. He already has 3 shows (Glee, AHS, and TNN) and a movie coming out next year. Multitasking is a great thing but I wish he would just stick to trying to perfect (or fix the flaws) in the shows he already has rather than building up his resume.
    This will turn out exactly like all of his shows. It will start off awesome, continue steadily, then it will get a little weird (anyone remember Nip/Tuck), and then it will just become ridiculous.

    • Tom says:

      Don’t worry. The New Normal will be cancelled, so he’ll only have two shows that he doesn’t even run. Brad Falchuk is the showrunner for both of those shows. Not saying he’s not busy because an executive producer has an immense amount of work to do, I just feel like he puts his name on things and doesn’t give credit where credit is due. Even The New Normal isn’t run by him.

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  9. Elly says:

    I really can’t stand Ryan Murphy. He’s an egotistical, short little man- I really think he thinks anything he craps out is worthy of television. Even “Nip/Tuck” crapped out after season 2.

  10. kd8604 says:

    are people forgetting about american horror story and nip|tuck? say what you will about glee and the new normal, but those two (dark, twisty) shows are/were superb.

    • Rachel says:

      the key word being were. niptuck went downhill after the 2nd year and american horror wasnt that great this year.

    • kate says:

      meh. I never saw nip/tuck but american horror story is disappointing. I’m only really watching it for the acting, which is pretty fantastic. the other aspects of the show are hot garbage. there’s no real story, just a weird/creepy setting, and there are millions of questions, most of which don’t get answered. it’s not really anything to write home about…again, except for the performances of the cast.

  11. STP says:

    Everyone needs to chill out with the RM hate. If you don’t like his shows, change the channel and watch something else. But stop being so negative about the shows. Plenty of people like them.

  12. DavidSask says:

    Ryan will surely find a way to f**k it up!!!

  13. Jillian says:

    This is just ridiculous. Why doesn’t he just focus on the 3 shows he already has on air (2 of them which are immensely popular)?! I wouldn’t be surprised if Glee and The New Normal get canceled because of HIM. Glee had/has such great promise but was ruined by its egotistical show runner who overly tries to please all of the fans of the show (which about 80% actually hate him). He should really just hand Glee over to Ian and AHS over to Brad and ride off into the sunset.

  14. Jandalf says:

    Oh great, more preachy sappy Ryan Murphy.

  15. Arm Chair Shrink says:

    So in other words, there will just be a lot of explicit gratuitous sex, without any annoying, get-in-the-way-of-the-explicit-gratuitous-sex shootings, stabbings and beatdown scenes that are the hallmark of HBO. Amirite?

  16. EB says:

    HBO is the one network where a casting agent can say, “Show us your t!ts” and not get sued.

  17. Jason says:

    I keep waiting on one of the premium networks to make a show revolving around the BDSM lifestyle.

  18. Andrew says:

    “a female yoga professional in her 40s”

    They should cast Lisa Edelstein. This sounds perfect for her.

  19. Evan says:

    HBO finally going the Skinemax route but intelligently? Could be good.

  20. The premise strangely sounds like HBO’s “TELL ME YOU LOVE ME” :P

  21. Sord says:

    The female lead has Lisa Edelstein written all over it

  22. dude says:

    Yeah because HBO has never done a show about sex.

  23. Patricia says:

    This sounds a lot like Tell me you love me another HBO show from a few years ago