Thursday, January 7, 2010

Volume 4, Number 11: Even More Ideas For TV Shows

(Note: I originally posted this as a note on Facebook on September 16, 2009.)

One of my Facebook friends has been sharing his ideas for stories, so I thought I'd share two of my more recent TV show ideas:

Turning the Tables: Bill Hurdle is a father who's struggling to raise a family with the economy the way it is now, and he gets so sick and tired of the struggle that he decides to run for public office in an effort to fight an increasingly callous and uncaring Corporate America, a government that's increasingly bought and paid for by Corporate America, and the complacency running rampant in today's society. Think "Life Goes On" (a socially aware family drama) meets political sitcoms (like "Benson," in which Governor Gatling had left a paper mill management job to run for office despite being a widower and having to raise a daughter). (The working title comes from the lyrics for the Tracy Chapman song, "Talkin' About a Revolution"--And finally, the tables are starting to turn...)

Frankly Stark: Frank Stark, "the Almost-Ad Man," comes up with ads that "don't quite cut it" with his clients, but then the commercials that do make it to TV are SO close to his that you might as well say his ideas were stolen. Example: He does a Lectric Shave commercial where the whiskers scream as the electric razor "lops off" their "heads" in a bloody massacre like looks like something out of a Rob Zombie movie. Or that Gillette Fusion commercial where the Fusion head begs the razor's user to end its life due to anxieties about not being able to give said user the quality shave he deserves. Each episode would center around a near-success like that.

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