Katrina Evacuee Sets Sights On Hollywood

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After losing everything to Katrina, Chad Valiant is ready to bounce back.

Thirteen months ago, Chad Valiant returned to New Orleans to an apartment virtually destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. After conquering the task of picking up the pieces and starting over, the 34 year-old has a new goal in mind: Hollywood.

In the extremely competitive climate of Hollywood, getting someone to actually read your screenplay can seem almost as difficult as winning the lottery. Actually selling your screenplay: worse.

It seems everyone these days, has a screenplay tucked away, in the hopes of becoming the next Steven Spielberg.

But don’t tell that to Chad Valiant. Undeterred by the odds, he has come up with an interesting way of gaining attention: ‘Paranoia’, a new online TV series airing Sunday nights at 8, Eastern Standard Time.

So what exactly is ‘Paranoia’?

“The pitch is actually rather simple“, he explains. “Late one evening, a blind woman comes home to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. The house is silent. You can hear a pin drop. She thinks she is alone. But she will soon learn otherwise.”

“Unknown to her, there are several people dead inside the house.”, he continues. “As we watch her go about her normal evening routine, we know she is in danger, but she has no idea.”

“Finally, she crawls into a bed. A moment later, the most terrifying scream you’ve ever heard. And that is really the basis of ‘Paranoia’”.

“Why are those people killed? Who or what is responsible?”.

“It’s a little different than your normal series.”, he explains. “Instead of watching it, you read it. Each episode is approximately 30 pages in length, and begins where the previous episode left off. You log on to the site, and download new episodes there.”

The catch? “Well, the interesting thing about ‘Paranoia’ is that it’s a setup for the screenplay. Everything that happens over the course of 22 episodes leads to the events in the screenplay. Characters come and

go, and yes, the body count is rather high”, he explains.

And life after Katrina? “The storm really taught me a lot. I had been thinking about this idea for awhile. I thought to myself: am I really going to go through with this?”

“But you never really know what tomorrow will bring. So you might as well go for it today.”

Paranoia. Sundays, 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. http://www.paranoia-tv.com.

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