Pursuant to yesterday’s entry regarding the Network Upfronts and their new fall line-ups, one of the interesting things I failed to mention was Cavemen, the new comedy series spun off from the Geico ad campaign of the same name. The commercials were very funny but will the concept prove just as funny as a t.v. show? Well, ABC seems to think so and, to be fair, the mining of 30-second spots isn’t entirely without precedent. Remember Joe Isuzu, the annoying Isuzu spokesman played by actor David Leisure who landed a recurring role on NBC’s Empty Nest? Well, he wasn’t the exact same pathologically lying character he portrayed in the commercials but, really, close enough. And remember the Whassup guys who parlayed their successful Budweiser run into a hosting gig on ABC’s “Best Commercials You’ve Never Seen”?
This got me thinking. Given the veritable goldmine of memorable ads out there, it’s only a matter of time before we see this trend kick into high gear and are treated to a host of commercial-inspired spin-offs . And so I got in touch with my buddy who works at the Central Register for Anticipated Programming, and he was kind enough to pass along a list of some of the ad-inspired shows the networks already have in development. Check ‘em out.
Pepto Bismol Presents: The Search for the Next Diarrhea Dancer – “Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea!” A behind-the-scenes look at the exhilarating highs and dispiriting lows in the dog-eat-dog drive to join one of the hottest dance groups on television. From the thousands of talented hopefuls auditioning for the coveted spot, only one will buck the odds, blow away the competition, and ass-grab their way to stardom as The Next Diarrhea Dancer.
H.I.M. (Holiday Inn Man) – He’s an enigma, a mysterious stranger with a penchant for danger – and a head for details. Offering the best of all worlds – cop show, medical series, courtroom drama, and then some – H.I.M. follows the exploits of our titular protagonist as he solves crimes, performs life-saving surgeries, and prosecutes hitherto untouchable criminals armed only with the power of his mind, his photographic memory, and the crucial knowledge amassed from whatever he happened to watch in his Holiday Inn hotel room the previous night.
You and Me, MAC PC – One’s cool; the others querulous. One’s got all the answers; the others got all the questions. One’s a gregarious straight-shooter with nary a care in the world; the others an insecure loner with anxiety issues. But when a series of unforeseen circumstances find them sharing a loft in Seattle, these two unlikely roommates discover that, just maybe, they have more in common than they realize. And then again, maybe not.
R.L.S.I. (Restless Leg Syndrome Investigations) – Follows the investigations of a team of clinical researchers as they explore and diagnose cases of Restless Leg Syndrome, racing the clock in a desperate bid to help potential sufferers before they fall victim to…a sleepless night! But given the disorder’s all-too-common and easily misinterpreted symptoms, they‘ve got their work cut out for them. Itchiness. Twitchiness. Creepy-crawly feelings. Is it just a passing sensation or something much, much darker? Only the R.L.S.I. team knows for sure.
Queer As Folk Who Share Snickers Bars in Autobody Shops – Louie and Bobby Ray are two typical redneck mechanics who have their lives turned upside-down the day they unwittingly share a Snickers Bar – and an unexpected kiss. Hilarity abounds as these good ole boys struggle with newfound revelations in a very old-fashioned town.
Dr. Z – In the grand tradition of Oprah and Dr. Phil, Dr. Z dispenses sage advice and heartfelt homilies to problem-ridden unfortunates unable to think for themselves. With his quintessential Teutonic warmth and the characteristic wit and charm of a true Electrical Engineer, Dr. Z offers straight talk, tough love, and a 3 year/36 000 mile warranty.
Samuel Adams: Brewer, Patriot, Time Traveler – Hurled from the past to present-day Boston, Samuel Adams finds himself a charmingly antiquated outsider to today‘s modern world – and the unfortunate victim of a virulent time virus! Doomed to pop back and forth through history, our contemporary Massachusetts his perpetual start and end point, Samuel and his trusty alcoholic side-kick Homeless Ernie Conway travel throughout Earth’s past, present, and future, encountering famous figures, taking part in historically significant events, and ultimately learning that no matter where, no matter when, people will always agree on a good beer.
Today’s pics: Prepping one of the fight scenes for Reunion.
Alipeeps writes: “Do you guys mostly film one episode at a time or are you constantly still fitting in scenes from other episodes etc?”
Answer: Are you kidding? Just the other day, we were shooting a scene from our first episode, Adrift.
Alipeeps also writes: “You guys started shooting This Mortal Coil this week, right?”
Answer: That is correct. We started shooting out on location on Wednesday.
Crazymom writes: “How do you decide what to say in your blog, other than the food reviews?”
Answer: It all comes down to what I feel like writing about on a given day.
Redtwin writes: “Do you know when cast photos for season 4 will be coming out?”
Answer: Sorry, no idea.
Redfox000 writes: “How do you find time to go through book as fast as you do, write for Atlantis, and do all the food reviews?”
Answer: I have a clone on each.
Susan the Tartan Turtle writes: “Have you ever watched imports from the UK?”
Answer: Sure. Dr. Who, Spooks, Wire in the Blood, Little Britain to name a few.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Can you explain what Martin meant by…”The end of Season Three was essentially a soft reset,” Gero tells GateWorld. “That doesn’t last as long as some of us would have liked it to, for a number of reasons. But it is with Carter and Weir and stuff like that.”
Answer: This one’s a question for Martin. I read and re-read that last part numerous times and still can’t make sense of it.
Mel writes: “I’m currently reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a psychology class. I’m liking it so far. I realize that you mainly stick with sci fi, but have you read it, perchance?”
Answer: I read it way back in high school and liked it a lot. I remember liking the movie a lot too.
Michelle writes: “I would add Heroes to my must-see list — have you not given it a try?”
Answer: I did watch the first two episodes.
Zeus writes: “I have not ever had pigs knuckle, have you? Any good?”
Answer: My father used to make them. I liked them a lot.
Stargate Groupie writes: “I was just wondering what were the actors reactions to the Stargate Action Figures that were created of their characters and if a “Joe Malozzi Action Figure” was made was accessories would he come with?”
Answer: Don’t know about the actors’ reactions to the figs. As for the JM fig, accessories would include sidekick pug, foie gras, and Maserati Quattroporte.
Atlantisfannew1 a ecrit: “1)Allons nous connaître beaucoup de nouveaux peuple dans la saison 4 de Stargate Atlantis? 2)Un personnage connu va t il mourir durant la saison 4??”
Reponses: 1) Peut-etre. 2) Peut-etre.
Shirt’nTie writes: “(1) I’m going to Vancouver for the Creation Con in April (2008) Will the SGC set be still up? and (2) Have you ever tried the Irish delicacy Crubeens? (that’s pigs feet!)”
Answers: 1) At this point, it’s hard to say. 2) I’ve tried pigs feet, but not the Irish version. How do the Irish make it?
Anonymous #2 writes: “Have either you or Fondy ever watched “Ugly Betty”?”
Answer: We watched the first episode.
Ben writes: “ I know there are a handful of scripts from both SG1 and SGA that will never leave the writer’s room shelf. 1)Is there any chance you could share what the plot for those episodes might be? 2)Any chance the SG1 scripts might be visited in the future movies/books? 3)When do you start taking reservations for your resteraunt?”
Answers: 1) It doesn’t happen all that often and I have shared a few already. 2) The ones we set aside? Doubtful. 3) As soon as I convince my mother to pick up and move to Vancouver.
Johnny E writes: “I too am a HUGE Joe Kelly Deadpool Fan! The stuff now is good, but Kelly rocked it out! One question, how do you determine who gets their name radomly onto the Show aka your name on the Book of Latin in Window of Opportunity?”
Answer: No one could write Deadpool like Joe. As for the names – blame the directors.
Linzi writes: “I wanted to ask you which has been the most challenging script for you to write in the whole of your career, for any show? Also, can you say why?”
Answer: Without a doubt – This Mortal Coil. There was a lot going on in this script with a lot of information that had to be relayed in as concise and entertaining a way as possible.