Friday, May 21, 2010

Free Idea Friday

Ideas are easy. Execution is hard. Every Friday I will share an idea that's been rolling around in my head that I have neither the time nor the where-with-all to execute. Remember, it's free, so take it for what it's worth. 

A few ideas for the networks
It was announced this week at the big upfront presentations that CBS will be remaking Hawaii 5-0, a clear signal that the networks are finally out of ideas.

Well rather than just picking up old shows and remaking them, maybe they could take two old shows, mash them up and create something that's at least a little new. Here are a few ideas to get them started.

My Three Sons' Company – The Douglas boys are all grown up and running an internet dating site while living together under the same roof. Uncle Charlie adds comic relief as the night watchman who, while the brothers are sleeping, creates wacky matches the that are just crazy enough to work.

Mr. Ed Knows Best – Move over Oprah, a new horse just rode into town. Mr. Ed dishes out his equine advice to people with a all kinds of problems from his stall in the classic red barn.

Marcus Welby, USMC – America's favorite small town country doctor show his comedic chops by joining the Marines as a medic and helps new recruits with all manner of their embarrassing medical issues.

Married... with Golden Girls – Al Bundy finally leaves that harpy, Peg and moves to Florida where he begins a relationship with Betty White. Think about it, Betty White and bathroom humor, we have a winner.

Welcome Back, Gilligan – The castaways finally make it back off the island and Gilligan lands a job as a teacher of underachieving students at an inner city high school. He enlists his old friends to help him with lesson plans. The professor teaches the kids how to make a radio out of coconuts, Ginger directs and stars in the school play, and the Skipper, now the principal, hits Gilligan with his hat.

And finally, The Love Taxi – A New York city taxi where strangers who share rides meet and fall in love somewhere between LaGuardia and Midtown.

See, it's not so hard to take inspiration from old shows and come up with something new. Until then, I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with reruns of Jeopardy on GSN.

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