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NBC asks viewers for better sitcom ideas
Entertainment Weekly ^ | 8 Apr 14 | James Hibberd

Posted on 04/08/2014 6:33:56 PM PDT by SkyPilot

Got an idea for a sitcom? NBC wants to hear from you.

The broadcast network announced “an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices” on Tuesday by launching a national campaign offering aspiring comedy writers from around the country the chance to pitch their sitcom ideas.

“We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke.

The initiative, dubbed “NBC Comedy Playground,” pledges to reach beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and comedy clubs by giving everyday people the opportunity to submit ideas directly to the network.

NBC has enlisted a roster of well-known producers and actors to help them choose the winning concepts. The panel includes Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Amy Poehler, and several others. “We love that an incredible A-list roster of producers, writers, and performers have jumped in to help us find that untapped talent,” Salke said.

Here’s how it works: Comedy writers will submit their idea via an NBC site set up for the contest (below). The network will choose up to 10 finalists. NBC will fund each finalist to produce a pilot presentation based on their pitch. The producer-actor advisory board, in consultation with NBC, will pick two winners from the 10. The winners, who will be paid, will have their show broadcast on NBC (a pilot plus up to four additional episodes, at the network’s discretion).

The crowd-sourcing concept is yet another way that the television development process is becoming increasingly democratized. Amazon previously broke the pilot season mold by putting all their pilots online for viewer voting.

(Excerpt) Read more at insidetv.ew.com ...


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How about less of this.....

List of situation comedies with LGBT characters

.....and something more like Taxi, Seinfeld, The Bob Newhart Show, Frasier, M*A*S*H (early episodes only), and Cheers?

Or, they can just throw more "hip" homosexual jerks in our face with "snappy" lines.

Better yet, how about these ideas:

"Wha Happnin Wit My Billion Dolla VaCa Grrlfriend?"

Plotline: A board First Lady who is married to a homosexual President gets back at him (and America) by spending Billions on exotic vacations....her hip staff of 1,000 tag along, staying in luxury suits while living the high life, including her zany mother and wild children who are on perpetual Spring Break.

Or......

"Two BrokeBack Mountain Boyz"

Plotline: Two gay men live on the beach, getting themselves into hilarious dilemmas, featuring their wacky housekeeper, their doofus Conservative neighbor, and their adopted little boy "OJ" that they like to dress up in crazy outfits.

1 posted on 04/08/2014 6:33:56 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Nicely done!
Don’t forget to include a bunch of episodes with Baraq on the golf course....


2 posted on 04/08/2014 6:35:44 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SkyPilot

they should take over Outsourced.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 6:36:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SkyPilot

Hey NBC. How about a “news” network that sells its soul to the devil and pushes, promotes, and defends every wacko idea that the government comes up with. Of course its ratings probably wont be very good compared to programming on alternate channels, but should be good for a laugh ... at least until your head explodes.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 6:39:02 PM PDT by Optimist
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To: SkyPilot

Good stuff. I weant something like Little House, Dukes or 8 is Enough. I want something I can watch with my boys and I don’t want to worry about risque or scary commercials while doing it. Then, when they go to bed, bring on J.L. Gibbs and Co.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 6:40:01 PM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV), Luke 22:36 (NIV))
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To: nascarnation
Thanks. I just thought of another one....

"The Funky Freaky Squad"

Plotline: Follows the side splitting antics of a maniac Attorney General who believes he is a law unto himself and his zany staff of miscreants. Features his hilarious catch phrases, such as "Don't go there sucka!" and "I am DA LAW!"

6 posted on 04/08/2014 6:41:48 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Here’s a suggestion — no more queers and other perverts parading as normal people.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 6:42:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SkyPilot

1. let’s watch gary busey. just stick up a bunch of webcams in his house and just watch.

2. this week’s government screw jobs. highlighing for one hour the very best nanny-state zero-thinking bureaucrats that make our lives worse.

3. so you went to public school. not very hard questions for people off the street that clearly are products of the most expensive/least effective public school system in the world.


8 posted on 04/08/2014 6:43:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SkyPilot

NBC can just dig through their archives from anytime before 1990 and find plenty of ideas.


9 posted on 04/08/2014 6:43:53 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Secret Agent Man
1. let’s watch gary busey.

 photo busey.gif

10 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:25 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: nascarnation

What’s up with this?

Are they finding declining ratings with sitcoms which push homosexuality, liberalism, inappropriate sexual content???

NO sir, they made their bed, they can lie in it. They spent years pushing me away as a viewer with completely inappropriate, overly sexualized, overly liberal politicized programming. Choke on it.


11 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:28 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (as)
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To: SkyPilot

They need to just get off the PC bandwagon, lose the agenda-driven garbage, and just write some good old fashioned comedies.


12 posted on 04/08/2014 6:48:47 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

4. why that liberal idea won’t work. hour-long show, and more than one person can win. will have both libs and conservatives on. will have extended scenes where libs lose it and spend 20 minutes defending he ideas. stroke scenes will not be cut.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 6:48:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: don-o

see, you’ve got it. that could be the show opening. :-)


14 posted on 04/08/2014 6:50:41 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Optimist

1.) “ - - - The network will choose up to 10 finalists. - - - “

2.) “ - - - Amazon previously broke the pilot season mold by putting all their pilots online for viewer voting. - - - “

The Liberal Suits with NYC values chose # 1.) as their winning method.

Silicon Valley whiz kids have tested # 2.).

NYC Suits vs Si02 brains: who yuh gunna choose to win?

As for me: yawn - - - .


15 posted on 04/08/2014 6:53:36 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SkyPilot

Kind of a dramedy.

Low IQ family believes everything Obama says.

Each episodes ends in some real tragedy because they acted on OBs words.

Conservative relatives are working and successful.


16 posted on 04/08/2014 6:53:59 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SkyPilot

“Who Knew” Alternate title “Hero of benghazi.”

Holder and Obama share a cell in federal prison surrounded by cronies and administrative accomplishments.

Pilot features what happens when the opposition party accidentally injeststestesterone at their convention.

Obama smuggles tea in prison and drinks it when everyone else is asleep and can’t notice.


17 posted on 04/08/2014 6:58:05 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SkyPilot

NCIS New Orleans......

Mark my words: “This Fall”

Rule #5.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 6:59:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SkyPilot

Games of Drones

Hilarity ensues when OBs air headed nephew is appointed as director of domestic drone program.

A different mishap every week calls for the AG and Homeland Security to come to the rescue. Different media “stars” play themselves.

I could go on………..


19 posted on 04/08/2014 7:00:15 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SkyPilot

How bout a sitcom about a bunch of morons who sit around watching other morons doing TV sitcoms and then laugh along with the laugh track.


20 posted on 04/08/2014 7:00:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The debate, ANY DEBATE, is NEVER OVER!)
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To: don-o
I think I had a seizure by looking at that .gif.

How about this one?

Nurse Mafia Princess

Plotline: A Septuagenarian grandmother with breast implants drives her large family crazy with her hair brained and cockamamie ideas and schemes. Features a weepy, gutless, lovable drunk male character in the role of the supposed head of the household and a Midwestern nephew know-it-all nicknamed "Paulie" who hates military veterans with a passion.

21 posted on 04/08/2014 7:00:38 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: morphing libertarian

accomplices


22 posted on 04/08/2014 7:01:50 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SkyPilot

How about one where the White, Protestant, Male is not the idiot...


23 posted on 04/08/2014 7:01:58 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: al_c
They need to just get off the PC bandwagon, lose the agenda-driven garbage, and just write some good old fashioned comedies.

Good comedy has a subversive element. Conservatives have taken that over. Mocking liberals would be hilarious.

24 posted on 04/08/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: SkyPilot

“AIDS HOSPICE”


25 posted on 04/08/2014 7:04:41 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: SkyPilot
Married w/ Children II. Have Christina as the mother. The world is just better with Kelly Bundy.


26 posted on 04/08/2014 7:05:06 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: SkyPilot

How about “Judge Levin” featuring Mark Levin?


27 posted on 04/08/2014 7:05:15 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: morphing libertarian
Games of Drones Hilarity ensues when OBs air headed nephew is appointed as director of domestic drone program.

Written into the script is the character "Beulah Nutbricker" - an aging Womyns Studies Professor who uses her own catch phrase of "What Difference Does it Make!?" during the most zany exchanges.

28 posted on 04/08/2014 7:05:21 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: morphing libertarian

No jeopardy.

Members of the dem party answer in the form of a question and then change the answers to match theirs.

Reality series.


29 posted on 04/08/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: P-Marlowe
“AIDS HOSPICE”

Lol!

PROMO: "Critics are raving about the new NBC comedy, 'AIDS HOSPICE.' Tune in Monday nights at 8 pm, and discover why Americans are catching it and catching on!"

30 posted on 04/08/2014 7:07:09 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot; All
"NBC asks viewers for better sitcom ideas....."


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31 posted on 04/08/2014 7:10:27 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SkyPilot

How about a show about nothing? Oh, that’s already been done.


32 posted on 04/08/2014 7:13:00 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: SkyPilot

If you actually want to win this contest, be sure to include:
1. Homoes (as normal)
2. Mindless Leftism
3. Raunch


33 posted on 04/08/2014 7:15:01 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: SkyPilot
You all may send them your ideas at the Comedy Playground. This country has really hit rock bottom.
34 posted on 04/08/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SkyPilot; All
Obama Ayres Dummy photo ObamaAyresDummy.jpg

35 posted on 04/08/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

I noticed that Moochie is cast as Jethro, not Ellie May.


36 posted on 04/08/2014 7:19:16 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Hillary ensues


37 posted on 04/08/2014 7:20:24 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: musicman

That’s almost too real.


38 posted on 04/08/2014 7:21:53 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
--ACT OF LOVE--

Follow the hilarious adventures of Pedro and Rosita as they battle with the Border Patrol and the mobs at the welfare office. Life is not always a bowl of salsa when you're living on the run in the USA.

39 posted on 04/08/2014 7:23:13 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: SkyPilot

They should go 100% enviro-nazi gay porn.

For the chiren, of course./s


40 posted on 04/08/2014 7:24:15 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: SkyPilot
Here's one I think NBC execs will like.

Stephanie and Bubba. Sitcom. Stephanie and Bubba are married. They live outside New York City in a trailer. That was a compromise. Bubba is from the south, Stephanie is from the north, but since Bubba is a typical southern redneck, he doesn't have a real job. So he agrees to live in NYC because Stephanie is the only one earning money. They met when Stephanie was on an anthropology college trip down south to study strange American cultures. She inexplicably fell in love with Bubba who changed the flat tire on her van since none of the lib, male wimps on the trip knew how to change a tire.

Stephanie is a brain surgeon-supreme court justice-and community organizer for the poor and oppressed. Bubba stays at home sitting on the sofa, watching fishing programs, shooting handguns out the window, and spitting tobacco juice into an empty beer can. Of course Bubba drinks beer all day long when he's not drinking shine. Bubba also likes to watch FOX News and is naturally a bigot who hates "nigras" and "mud people." He is also the president of the local Tea Party.

Stephanie belongs to a long list of lib and leftist orgs. She is always trying to save the world. She is diverted many times by Bubba's racist, sexist, and violent actions. When Stephanie brings her female friends over, Bubba makes passes at them even though a number of them identify as lesbians. Bubba's Republican-voting friends are all like Bubba. Haters. Every episode Stephanie thwarts Bubba's anti-women/homosexual/minority actions and shows him up. At the end of every episode after he is shown the error of his ways, Bubba hangs his head, apologizes, and promises to change his hateful ways.

41 posted on 04/08/2014 7:24:22 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: SkyPilot

First, hire writers over 30 who have graduated High School....


42 posted on 04/08/2014 7:25:36 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: SkyPilot

(I had to “dig” for THAT one!!)


43 posted on 04/08/2014 7:29:57 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SkyPilot

Nailed it!


44 posted on 04/08/2014 7:30:14 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: SkyPilot

How about “The Guns over RIO GRAND”

Plot: A Marxist President and his Corrupt, communist Attorney general whom between them have Zero management experience or education, plan a Conspiracy to flood Mexican drug cartels with Class III firearms knowing hundreds of expendable Mexican Citizens will be killed and the public outcry would push gun control laws in America. Only the plot turns when their incompetent actions turn the Public’s and the Mexican Government ire at their actions.


45 posted on 04/08/2014 7:30:18 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: driftless2

Nice plot line. I think you have a future pitching shows to NBC.


46 posted on 04/08/2014 7:31:37 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: SkyPilot; Revolting cat!
How about one with a henpecked husband who is the PRESIDENT living with his mother-in-law?


47 posted on 04/08/2014 7:32:31 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nascarnation
(A) How about an astronaut finds a cute girl genie in a bottle

(B) An architect has a talking horse living in a stable behind his house

(C)Dick van Dyke's brother buys an antique automobile and finds out it is his late mother reinCARnated

48 posted on 04/08/2014 7:33:12 PM PDT by Lockbar (What Would Vlad The Impaler Do?)
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To: SkyPilot
Better than what NBC currently airs? Hell, they could do better with this...


49 posted on 04/08/2014 7:33:13 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: BenLurkin

How about one of mac daddy pretending to be a truthful POTUS.

Oh never mind, nobody would watch it as they see him on TV almost every day doing the same thing and quickly switch the chanel.


50 posted on 04/08/2014 7:39:46 PM PDT by chiefqc
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