It's 1975. It's New York City. A recent college graduate with a lot of family money to fall back on, a lot of connected people to use and few strings attached to her hits the city. She arrives fresh out of Vassar to explore the city as it faces financial crisis, devolution into "The Warriors" and "Taxi Driver" territory, and the wild year of 1977 with everything that went nuts during the Summer of Sam and blackout. There are also amazing house parties where dance parties take advantage of the available drugs to create a movement that will be commercialized as disco. There is the absolute Peak Sex era as mid and late Boomers hit that 18-30 age window just as the pill is widely adopted, inhibitions are removed, clothing is revealing, there is NO AIDS and virtually no fatties. Inflation is rampant and nothing feels permanent. The city feels like it may sink into a hole. Watch as a young woman navigates it all. This young woman is one you've watched grow up. You know her family. Will she give in too familial destiny or will she survive and thrive. Tune in for Sally Draper.Admit it. This would work. We can work on the title. The period piece echo of the '70s would work now due to nostalgia cycles ('70s/'90s currently). Sally Draper is played by Kiernan Shipka who is young, so AMC would want to wait 18 months or so for this. They can start filming when she is 17/18, since her looking young would add to the Alice in Wonderland feel to the show. She can be costumed and done up to look 22/23 easy, looking younger is always Hollywood's problem. A television show exploring the horrendous dark era of NYC would be great. This would get the chattering class going too as the SWPLs love to romanticize the gritty, authentic NYC that was in reality riddled with crime and degeneracy.
The reason why this works is also because the makers of Mad Men hit a God damn gold mine with Kiernan Shipka. Note that they moved her to a starring role designation as the show went on. Two things happened that made her a character that you liked seeing onscreen and usable. First, she managed to grow tall during a break so they could age her in the show and it flowed perfectly. Huge break there. Second, she managed to display better acting than most of the other women on the show. Only Elisabeth Moss as Peggy was better consistently. Watching her in season four, Shipka managed to switch how she would play Sally in a really fantastic way. She could play child of divorce Sally, little kid Sally, and then in a really weird mimic of what actual kids do, "Mini Betty". "Mini Betty" smoked, manipulated Don, threw fits, and acted cold. Sometimes Kiernan Shipka copied January Jones' mannerisms and behavior in a perfect yet weird way that you see children of divorce do when a parent is gone. Her growth from Sally who could never do anything right to Sally the rock of the family who acts more adult than the adults was great to watch because everyone has one friend who was more mature than their divorced parents.
We would watch this. Hollywood would have a built in audience, and could have a new female centric vehicle to explore '70s women's issues. Does she turn into Don with '70s hedonism more permissive than when he was on the prowl in the '60s? Does she chase older men to feed her daddy issues? Does she mimic her dead mom? That is part of the appeal. The other part is that this is practically ready made. Kiernan Shipka makes it happen. No one in the first season or two could have seen this coming. If the Emmys wanted to recognize an outstanding achievement, they could award Kiernan Shipka a special Emmy for exhibiting more talent before she could legally drive than most actresses show throughout their career. Whether this show happens or not, good luck Shipka making the leap to adult roles. If you liked Mad Men and if you like period pieces, you would tune in.