schmuck - 2004-08-17 08:57:02
If I am catching your drift properly, you want to write a script about a character with no job? Because if that's it, you'll be following in the footsteps of the great french-canadian mini-series Les Bougon, about a family of jobless slobs who cheat and lie to make money (ex: they set up a fake daycare center to get the government grant). Anyways, if that IS was you're doing, I think it would be a great idea, because that series was a smash hit and I've been waiting for something like it to come to english tv.
randommuse - 2004-08-17 08:57:35
I'm a planner at an area agency on aging and have never seen that on a sitcom. Of course, it's not really funny so much as pathetic.
Bigpimpin - 2004-08-17 09:00:37
There has NEVER been a sitcom about the lead singer for the Dead Milkmen.
Fran - 2004-08-17 09:13:02
Trash man is still open, Art Carney worked "underground", in the sewers of New York.
Kelly - 2004-08-17 09:27:38
I think you should write the script based on a guy who is an alarm system business partner who telemarkets as a day job because his nights are filled with the wild local scene of which he is the favorite DJ. ;-) If I am not mistaken there has not yet been a sitcom exploiting that job!
Andy - 2004-08-17 09:42:34
I was thinking of a sitcom where this guy gets into an accident with another guy, but he doesn't have any insurance, so the judge orders him to be his butler to pay off the damage! Comedy Gold!
Jackie - 2004-08-17 09:47:40
You're right. Pretty much every job has been written about for a sitcom that would actually produce a funny storyline....I was trying to think of something new, but had no luck. What's worse is that there was even the show 'Pretender'--granted, that was not a sitcom, but nevertheless, the man took on one career after another! Wait! Have you thought about using the governor of NJ? We Jerseyans may find that amusing.... ;-)
ibeejd - 2004-08-17 09:54:10
YEA!! And you could use that really gay guy from Will and Grace to play the Gov!!!!
Andy - 2004-08-17 10:00:14
Sorta like a homo Spin City?
Andy - 2004-08-17 10:24:00
or a lesbian version of Benson...
c - 2004-08-17 10:35:25
ub- I like the idea of "The Uncle Bob Show"! Go with it, and don't forget to include the brother-inlaw and nephews!
Brianne - 2004-08-17 10:50:53
What about middle-aged overweight guy with gorgeous wife and obnoxious kids that only come out of their rooms at opportune comedic moments? Oh, wait . . .
The Anal Avenger - 2004-08-17 11:52:36
How about a sitcom about the Commissar of a forgotton Soviet gulag in Siberia? The Soviet Union has disintegrated before anyone gets around to letting gulags in the hinterlands know about it, so he goes on starving and working the prisoners to death while wondering why he never hears from his boss anymore. It's "Hogan's Heroes" on ice.
hotcarl - 2004-08-17 12:00:16
You should of caught the Best Shows Never Aired on TV last night, I know it gave me tons of ideas. From NYPD Mounted to The Wishman, there was just too many good shows never aired on the ole boobtube.
Trish - 2004-08-17 12:01:41
Karaoke Dj?
Drew - 2004-08-17 12:28:13
the UB show would be good but it needs a funny gimick. All good shows have a funnygimick. Like ALF. The gimick was he was an alien. OR MASH. MASH's Funny gimick was the war. or remeber ALL IN THE FAMILLY. Thier gimick was a hyprocritcal alhoholic. Funneee!
HRT - 2004-08-17 12:38:15
Dear UB,

I am writing this to formally apologize for jumping on your excellent idea to write a situation comedy pilot, tweaking it, and improving it such that I, your humble HRT, will be the one flown out to hollywood for the signing of the big sit-com contract. I apologize profusely for shamelessly raping your good idea, however as they say in the business.
That's showbiz kid.


p.s. ha ha you lose sucka!
Andy - 2004-08-17 13:00:54
HRT: Shouldn't you be fixing your diary format, instead of stealing UB's ideas?
Notorious B.I.N.G.O. - 2004-08-17 13:59:24
I'd write a damn great script except for one MINOR detail. (No, not my lack of writing talent, you bastard!) The fact that the contest is only open to residents of the United States. Screwed by the Big Old U.S. of A. AGAIN!
Schecki - 2004-08-17 14:48:22
Oooh, snap. He got you good, HRT. Only, like, not.

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ScottyP - 2004-08-17 15:17:56
Perhaps you should star in the remake of "Joanie Loves Chachi." You, of course, would be Chachi. Who would be Joanie to your Chachi? (Is it just me, or does that sound dirty?)
chuffnutt - 2004-08-17 17:17:53
Lovable characters? What about Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, Mary Tyler-Moor's friend Rhoda, Red from "That '70's Show"? Lots of characters who aren't lovable but have another character who balances them out [a wife/husband, a twin, a sibling, neighbour, etc].
Colfaxeng - 2004-08-17 20:21:51
Okay, really, really sucky bad Christian band. Of course "Jesus is My Homey" would be their big hit, and the kid could be creative consultant!
awittykitty - 2004-08-17 21:15:34
Hey, there's never been a show about a gay synchronized swimming choreographer and his butch Armenian housekeeper. Ok, never mind. I'm actually a failed screenwriter. I had some interest in a "Moonlighting" script I did back in the 80's, but it just missed. Main thing, keep writing. You've definitely got the writing THANG.
whyme63 - 2004-08-18 11:34:31
Art Carney was a sewer worker, but Charles S. Dutton played a garbage collector in "Roc" in the early 90s. So it has been done.

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