Magazine article Variety

'We Didn't Want to Do Anything with Cyclops and Sirens'

Magazine article Variety

'We Didn't Want to Do Anything with Cyclops and Sirens'

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As the co-creator, writer and director of NBC's "American Odyssey," Peter Horton has been on a transformational journey of his own in Hollywood, ever since his early days as an actor (especially the much-beloved "thirtysomething"), debra birnbaum

How did you come up with the idea?

My writing partners and I had been working on a pilot for NBC that didn't work. We were trying to figure out what to do next, and a producer suggested a modern take on the Odyssey. We didn't want to do anything with Cyclops and sirens, but the basic theme of the Odyssey was about someone trying to find their way home. So we hooked into that idea and started to spin.

It feels like it's ripped from the headlines.

We promise we had nothing to do with the recent Greek elections! A character in episode two is a prime minister candidate for Greece who's running on a "Greeks for Greece" platform. Her promise is once she gets in to power she will cancel the debt, drop the euro and get into an independent economic system. …

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