UNSPEAKABLE is an episodic drama/thriller that follows a young woman in a desperate situation whose only option to avert authorities is to claim to be a girl who disappeared years ago as a child. But when the missing girl’s family welcomes the impostor home, she’s forced to keep the deception alive or face the consequences. UNSPEAKABLE is a proof-of-concept for a 1-hour TV drama.

Series Overview

With gut-wrenching moral dilemmas and shocking twists, UNSPEAKABLE follows the journey of a desperate young woman on the run who finds a hope she’s never had when she assumes the identity of a missing girl. And she’ll do anything to hang on to her new life by keeping the deception alive.


The 15-minute episodic short was drawn from the one-hour pilot. It's the opening chapter of a five-season series arc, which has been meticulously mapped out. Equal parts thriller and family drama, the show has heart-stopping sequences which unfold against a nostalgic Americana backdrop. Tonally, the show has a pervasive sense of solitude—stark, lonely, painfully beautiful—accomplished through extreme wides to capture endless Texas sky, and extreme close-ups to study the "living silences" in performances. Throughout, we sense the yearning of a broken family trying to heal, and the struggle of an impostor grasping to hold on to a life that seemed out of reach in the face of impossible circumstances. Everyone in this story has deep-rooted secrets that could destroy the family, so much of the drama is propelled by the things that are left unsaid.


Through this lens, we explore the thematic question: is ‘truth’ the enemy of happiness? Can this young woman have the familial love she’s always dreamed of while filling a void for the family of a missing child? Or will the truth finally catch up and force her to face the consequences of her unspeakable actions?

Milena Govich - Director

MILENA GOVICH most recently served as Co- Executive Producer / Producing Director for Dick Wolf's CBS series FBI. She has also directed Chicago Fire, multiple episodes of Chicago Med, and the new NBC series, The InBetween. Milena was one of eight filmmakers selected for AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop For Women, as well as the exclusive Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program. Her short film and TV series proof-of-concept called Unspeakable, starring Laura Vandervoort and Jeff Kober, had its World Premiere at SXSW and won Best Episodic at Seattle Int'l Film Festival and Best Pilot at SoHo Int'l Film Festival. Her short film, Temporary, has played all over the country winning Best Narrative Short at Anthem Film Festival, Best Dark Comedy at Atlanta ShortsFest, and the Director's Choice Award at Sedona Int'l Film Festival. As an actor, she started on Broadway in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall revival of CABARET at Studio 54, among other Broadway shows. She is best known for her TV acting work on FINDING CARTER (MTV), RESCUE ME (FX), and as the first and only female detective on the Emmy winning series, LAW & ORDER (NBC).

David Cornue - Writer/Producer/Composer

DAVID CORNUE is the Creator/Writer/Executive Producer of TRIAGE, a medical drama going to pilot at ABC with Jon M. Chu (CRAZY RICH ASIANS) on board to direct. He adapted Stephen King’s novel, INSOMNIA, with the author’s approval and participation. As the founder of New Core Productions, David produced and sold three indie features and wrote/produced the sports comedy, #LUCKY NUMBER. He has developed television projects with studios and networks, including ABC, FOX, A&E, and USA Network. He is the writer/producer of a forthcoming horror feature, LET IT KILL YOU, and the writer/producer of a sports feature in development with Imagine/Marginal Mediaworks. He was selected for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s inaugural class of Imagine Impact, and the Fox Writers Lab. He also formed an exclusive writing group and popular script development service. David is a classically trained composer with film scores, acclaimed musicals, and songs featured on produced albums. davidcornue.com

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Kate Chamuris
Stephen Moffatt
Ed Wu
Ana Florit
Casting Director
Gohar Gazazyan
Production Design
Niko Vilaivongs
Costume design
Jennifer Stone Shaw
 postproduction sound
Mark Kondracki
Gray Marshall

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