Willamette alumni pitch new television series in Hollywood

Two Willamette University alumni have recently been drawing the attention of television network executives in Hollywood for a new series they created.

Former undergraduate classmates Jeremiah Adler and Brianna Barrett teamed up for the past two years to write, direct, edit and pitch a pilot for a series called "Nick Bradley Might Be an Alcoholic."

They filmed the pilot in Portland for a mere $4,000, and their work caught the attention of studios in Los Angeles. They hope the series will get picked up by a major network soon, and they appear close to inking a deal.

The show follows the adventures of a 20-something partier who in the span of several days becomes the CEO of his father's company and has to pay for a drunken driving conviction by joining Alcoholics Anonymous and doing community service.

Adler, who graduated in 2009 with a history degree, calls it a "dramedy" that mixes comedy and drama in the style of shows like "Entourage" and "Weeds." He and Barrett came up with the show idea while at Willamette, after thinking about questions like what it means to be an alcoholic, and the consequences of the reckless behavior that may result.

Adler and Barrett, who live in Los Angeles, will return to Oregon Monday, Dec. 20, for a one-night-only screening of "Nick Bradley" at the Bagdad Theater in Portland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. The screening is free and will be followed by a Q&A.

Their work recently was featured in the Portland Tribune and The Oregonian.