Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Compare and contrast: television

429 scripts, and which ones became pilots for the new season: http://nymag.com/arts/tv/upfronts/2011/pilots-2011-5/

The article shows one liner synopses of all the shows pitched to networks, and what got picked up for the new season. Some winners:

Untitled Tim Allen Project Guy’s guy in female-dominated world.

Man Up Guy fights for manhood in a world of women.

Lost and Found NYC party girl’s 18-year-old son turns up. 

Work It Out-of-work car salesmen dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps. 

Pan Am Glamorous sixties pilots and stews. 

Council of Dads Dying man enlists five friends to advise his kids. 

And so on. Yes, there are women-centered pilots as well, but it seems like the open way they are addressing men's issues may be reflective of the times. Perhaps they sense the rising discontent.  I'd like to see at least one of these shows (the first two seem best) succeed. I feel as if the time is right for one of them to succeed wildly, to not just have a Man Show, irreverent and undermining, but rather to take everything the old show celebrated and be just a tad serious about it. Just a bit.

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