Titles

The TV Challenge continues…

If your life was a sitcom, what would the title be?

I doubt anyone would watch it, but, very well. I suppose it would have to be a workplace comedy, otherwise it would just be 22 minutes of me sitting on the couch, staring blandly into the camera. (In sitcom houses, the television set is usually against the Fourth Wall.) The title of that show would have to be Erik On The Couch.

Hmm.

That almost sounds like the show would be about an endearingly neurotic (yet ever so handsome and clever) character who regularly visits his psychologist (an audience analogue whose back continuously remains to the camera). The office scenes would be bookends to the rest of the story, which would be told in flashback. Perhaps the titular character can even tell his nameless doctor a short story set in the present, which will frame a problem, and then go off on a tangent to tell a longer story set in the 1980′s, which surprisingly provides the solution to the problem.

No, wait. This is starting to sound a lot like Beautiful People. Scratch that. Back to the drawing board.

Okay, workplace comedy. Let’s see, we call it Erik Just Wants To Do His Job And Then Go Home. It’s about an endearingly neurotic (but ever so handsome and clever) character whose strategy is to keep busy and avoid workplace drama in general. The more obnoxious characters would, of course, steal the spotlight and relegate the titular character to the role of recurring minor character in his own show.

No, I don’t think that would work too well, either.

Okay, maybe we make it a comedy about a hangout, like Cheers. The only problem is that I don’t think that places like that really exist. Or if they do, then they exist only for a particular group of people, and the rest of us see only a tchotckie bar, a run-down burger stand, or a chintzy diner.

There is, of course, one last place where people hang out— the Internet. So maybe the title of the show should be “Erik Says The Darndest Things (On The Internet).” In this show, an endearingly neurotic (but ever so handsome and clever) character undergoes a vexing series of so-called first world problems, such as rude cashiers, bad drivers, and frustrating user interfaces. At the end of each episode, he distills the wisdom he gains in dealing with the problem into a pithy sentence or two, which he broadcasts over the Internet.

No, wait. This is starting to sound a lot like Doogie Howser, M.D. Scratch that. Back to the drawing board…. or not.

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