Young scribe is 'Made' for ABC


It seems that Caroline Williams just can't do wrong: Her first- ever TV pitch, the single- camera comedy "Made Over," sparked bidding and landed a put pilot commitment at ABC.

After graduating from UCLA's master's program in screenwriting in 2004, she set out to write a spec with the sole goal of landing a job on NBC's "The Office."

The spec, "Miss/Guided," did get her a job on the Emmy- winning comedy that earned her a WGA nom this year for penning the "Phyllis' Wedding" episode. But it also took on a life of its own, making it to series on ABC last season with Judy Greer in the lead.

For her sophomore development effort, produced by Warner Bros. TV through a blind script deal, Williams drew inspiration from the movie "Jerry Maguire," in which Tom Cruise plays a jerk sports agent who reinvents himself after losing his high-power job because of a nervous breakdown.

"It's about the power of beauty and image in society and how that affects female friendship and competition in the workplace," Williams said of "Made Over."

Set in Los Angeles, it centers on a shallow, image-obsessed cosmetics executive who has a crisis of conscience and quits her job. She joins a younger woman with different values to start a unique consulting company.

In addition to "Made Over," which she is writing/exec producing, the UTA-repped Williams also is working on a feature script for Paramount.

Not too shabby for a recent college graduate. "I'm really lucky," Williams said. (partialdiff)