Earlier this month, Showtime series Look scored the best ratings of the year for the network’s Sunday midnight time slot. Producer Brad Wyman tells FishbowLA the numbers for the November 14th episode were 245,000 total viewers, which represented a 51% retention from the Dexter audience that preceded it and an 81% overall rise in ratings from the week before.
A spinoff of the Adam Rifkin 2007 indie feature of the same name, Look tells its fictional tales through the lens of surveillance cameras both Big Brother and small (camera phones, laptops, etc.). The 2010 season of 11 episodes began airing October 10th and Wyman says he and Rifkin are currently negotiating with Showtime for a second season order.
It’s an unexpected small screen platform for a pair of indie film veterans. Wyman’s long list of producing credits includes the 1996 Steve Buscemi feature directorial debut Trees Lounge, the 1987 Donald Cammell thriller White of the Eye and the 2004 Oscar winner Monster, while Rifkin has been writing and directing since the late 1980’s.
Wyman’s co-executive producer on Look, film and series, is Internet pioneer Barry Schuler, who helped design the original AOL web interface. Only now, the welcome message is, “You’ve got ratings!”
(Pictured: Look co-star Ali Cobrin, from her recent Maxim photo spread)