Bad TV show concepts I have thought of over the yearsAugust 31, 2011
Win $250 for the worst TV show idea!
I willfully admit it. I love media, and especially TV — the deliciously mind-numbing pastime that keeps me sane and indulges my love of all things media. I’ve always had a particular fascination with how an episode is conceived of and comes into being. Face it, there are a lot of bad ideas, but none worse than what I have conjured over the years. So here, for the first time, I share with the world some of my own worst TV show concepts.
1. “Real Housewives of Punksy.” We rework the entire Real Housewives franchise with this blockbuster reality show following five Punxsutawney housewives as they contend with their own nitty-gritty world of backyard chicken coops and pickups that cost more than their homes. No fake-and-bake tans. No collagenized lips. No Barbie’d implants. Not even husbands with jobs. We watch as they argue over who makes the best perogies, whose plus-size Walmart blouse looks better, and who spent too much on QVC and beer over the past week. Casting is going well.
2. “Curmudgeons.” A twist on the show “Hoarders,” which I find utterly repulsive, yet strangely irresistible. (Hey, didn’t I own that 8-track in the 70s?) So I ratchet it down a bit. Instead of finding emotionally disturbed people, this show focuses on just those who are kind of killjoys. Always down. Eeyore-like personalities. The networks said it wasn’t edgy enough. So I am retitling it and floating it to some new execs. New working title: “Party Poopers.”
3. “Confront Your Father.” This pilot turns the show “Intervention” upside down by finding people who hate their fathers and haven’t spoken to them for years. First half explains the years of pain and anguish. The second half consists of our production team springing a surprise reunion where the child (now adult) confronts their father on everything he did wrong over the years. The more aged the father the better, and the hotter the confronter the better. Never sold the pilot. Still tweaking for cable.
4. “Amish and Anguished.” This one is a laugh riot. We follow a group of Amish kids as they rebel against their parents. Lots of skin and sin. Amish girls baring their ankles. Fifteen-years-olds drinking Cokes (fully caffeinated). Driving buggies at 20 mph. A rare glimpse into the Amish cultural wars. Only problem: way too much footage of kids harvesting crops.
Just a start. Believe me, I have more. If you have a bad TV show concept, share it and the worst wins a $250 Amazon gift card. No joke. And yes, if you are a Gregory FCA employee, you are specifically allowed to enter to win. We’ll let our own internal bad TV guru, Michelle Larkin, serve as the judge. (She watches more bad TV than anyone and was first to turn me on to “Intervention” and “Hoarders” a few years back.) Deadline to enter is Sept. 15.