10 year-old Kiki is full of ideas and ice cream.
12 year-old Kofi has already seen too much.
Their bond will see them through their coming-of-age,
but will it protect them from California in 1978?
“You don’t read the paper. you don’t come prepared. You’re going to get caught flat footed some day.”
Jen Bosworth-Ramirez - I love a good true crime story. Always have. As a young girl I was glued to the television when "Unsolved Mysteries" came on. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by how odd human behavior could be. And how complicated people were. What makes someone do something seemingly so off, so weird, so wrong? These early questions I asked myself have grown into strong themes running through my writing. Working with Gina on KIKI has strengthened my belief that asking myself these questions about the essence of human nature is at the heart of what makes stories powerful. It’s also what makes television urgent and important. These are the stories we want to tell. KIKI is the story of a special little girl in a mysterious, weird and funny world. Come join us. We promise, it'll be worth it.
Gina Pulice - The seed idea for Kiki came to me in the middle of the night. I shot straight up out of bed with the thought, We need a hero’s quest story that centers around a woman who is as complicated as Tony Soprano, as smart as Walter White, and as compelling as Don Draper. I knew it would be set in my hometown of Sacramento and in the 1970s, which was a truly WILD time for that place. Ted Bundy, Dorothea Puente, Gerald and Charlene Gallego, “Vampire Killer” Richard Chase, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, and the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker can ALL be placed there at that time. And, as a child, I was completely oblivious. I also felt fully convinced that I had to write this story with Jen, my friend since college. We wanted a story that placed a young girl in its center, and even though this story has many dark turns, we didn’t want the character’s trauma to be the only interesting thing about her. We wanted to write a girl that we knew, a girl that we were. Innocent, spunky, creative, dorky, curious, and insatiable.