Former One Tree Hill co-stars James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti are currently pitching the pilot Everyone Is Doing Great, and they have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money and get fans involved. Lafferty – who co-wrote the show and plays the lead – says that they didn’t have a lot of funding when they made the pilot, but they had passionate people who believed in the project. So, crowdfunding an entire season was consistent with what they originally set out to do.
According to US Weekly, Lafferty says the Indiegogo campaign was a natural progression to get the season made while insulating the creative process and connecting with fans. The show is a dark comedy about two actors who are best friends, and five years after they star in the blockbuster vampire franchise Eternal, they are attempting to figure out their career paths and navigate their love lives.
Full disclosure, today is one of the most exciting (and terrifying) days of my life. But I couldn’t be more thankful to be taking the plunge with my good friend @stephencolletti. We’re raising the funds on @indiegogo for the first season of @everyoneisdoinggreat. The campaign is LIVE now. To see the full version of our campaign video, which includes the show’s official teaser, check out the link my bio. Very much looking forward to seeing who takes this ride with us. Stay tuned here for MANY more updates as we travel the country this summer, screening our pilot at film festivals. We’re grateful to each and every one of you that have jumped onboard early and for all of those to come. None of this – past, present or future – is possible without you. Thank you. Much love. -James
The show will make the TV festival circuit this summer, and fans can make donations to their Indiegogo campaign with a contribution as low as $15. Lafferty and Colletti are also offering social media shoutouts, set visits, and appreciation packages.
“The One Tree Hill fan base kept the show alive for as many seasons as it went because they were vocal online. We were the little engine that could. It inspired us in a way to go through both a traditional and a different way to make this,” Colletti said.
Colletti and Lafferty did not appear in many scenes together during their time on the hit CW drama, but they did bond off-screen over a bottle of Jameson. Their friendship also turned out to be an inspiration for Everyone Is Doing Great.
Two sold out screenings in Kansas City. Thank you so much to @kansascityfilmfestival and this wonderful community for sharing our excitement for @everyoneisdoinggreat. Here we are doing a little pre-show podcast discussing what desert island we’ll banish ourselves to if the crowd hates it. Stay tuned….
Over the years, both actors would speak with different friends in the industry – some who constantly worked and others who struggled to find a project – and Lafferty realized that those stories he and Colletti were hearing could be an entertaining show.
He says that they came up with the idea about five years after One Tree Hill ended and the two found themselves asking what was coming next. Lafferty explained that it is fun, but your mind plays tricks on you, and they found comfort in laughing at their situation.
Since both Colletti and Lafferty gained fame from a hit TV show, they do relate to the characters they play. Lafferty plays Jeremy, and he says the character represents the scared little boy in him who is always second-guessing himself, is insecure, and looking for answers. And, that is how he connects with him.
He adds that Jeremy is the worst, least self-confident version of any character you can play, and it is almost like therapy to give a voice to someone who constantly second-guesses themselves. Since you often deal with rejection as an actor, Jeremy is one side of that.
The One Tree Hill stars are currently pitching the pilot at places like the ATX TV Festival, Monte Carlo TV Festival, and the New York TV Festival. If someone does pick it up, both James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti are ready because they have already written the entire first season.