FREE SKATE, by Caitlin McCarthy, is a one-hour sports comedy-drama.  The unproduced TV pilot has been named one of the "Top 100 Pilots of 2016" by The Tracking Board, "One To Watch" by the 2016 WriteHer List, and received coverage in Deadline Hollywood.

Black List evaluation highlights of the pilot teleplay include:

* "'Skating isn't pretty like Nancy Kerrigan. It's down and dirty like Tonya Harding.' This line perfectly sums up the concept and appeal of FREE SKATE; a thoroughly entertaining sports soap that delivers the theatrical and athletic entertainment of figure skating with one hand and compelling human drama with the other."

* "The pilot presents a convincing and absorbing world that feels fresh, and it richly layers its plot and characters to set-up a series."

* "The polished, professional writing juggles many elements that would seem disparate in less capable hands, from the seemingly authentic depiction of figure skating to the genuine portrayal of relatable class struggles and family drama."

* "FREE SKATE cleverly sets up KELLY as a wronged, underdog protagonist that the audience can't help but root for and plunges her in a heightened world that’s rife with conflict. The show’s diverse ensemble includes a classic antagonist in SANDRINE, a believable love interest in WILL, a likable ally in RHYS, and an intriguing mentor turned rival in GASTON. In turn, the dynamics between characters are refreshingly complex and allow the characters to undergo pilot episode arcs while pointing to season and series arcs."

* "With a clearly commercial premise and the creative execution to back it up, this script will likely find plenty of interests from agents and executives alike."

* "It’s a perfect fit for any of the broadcast networks… and it could also find success on some of the cable channels like USA and ABC Family."

* "There's a lot of potential here -- as the bible indicates, this could be the figure skating equivalent of EMPIRE, a glitzy show with the hook of impressive spectacle and soapy drama every week."

* "The bible is strong, giving an in-depth look at the characters and outlining not only the major elements of the series, but five seasons."

* "Despite the touring component, the script finds ways to be budget-conscious with its locations, and it’s easy to see how it could be produced even on the small amounts offered by basic cable."

Photographer: Ryan McVay