Sunday, August 14, 2011

Reality TV for Writers?

Because I love reality TV, because I love and respect the creativity of the designers on Project Runway (or, Project Wunway, as my husband likes to call it in his best Heidi Klum voice), and because my own creative forte is writing, I had an idea the other night.

A writing competition reality show! Now, there's a reality show I would sign up for.

But, just as my blood started pumping thinking of the CHALLENGE of it, the possible REWARD of it, the FUN of it, I think, It just would not be good TV. Dammit.

Imagine, the writers have been given their weekly challenge - Write a short story never using the word THERE! Or, write a poem consisting only of foul curse words!

Then, for days, all the cameras would capture are expressions.




And sighing.

And staring off into space.

Moments of furious typing.

Heads on tables.

And, this could be as exciting as it gets.

At least this is what could be observed when I am doing "serious" writing.

It's just not good TV, but I can dream.

17 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

What a concept! lol

Shell said...

Ha! Why not? And Tim Gunn could come on and give all the writers makeovers. My personal dream is to go shopping with Tim Gunn.

colbymarshall said...

Don't forget the random throes of "I'm a horrible writer" tears!

Tracy said...

There was a show years ago when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were looking for the next big script. They even produced a couple of movies from it.

championm2000 said...

...and all the writers would have cool nicknames (not names like Snooki and the Situation).

Deb said...

I love that last image especially! I've never been there, though. Nuh-uh.

Also, I'd likely watch it, whether or not it made good TV. I'd probably do a trade with Ba.D. wherein I actually watched the reality show he was once on in exchange for his watching it with me.

But never, ever, ever with the actually being on one for me, unless the "reward" is saving my son from dunking in a monster cage!

Jessica said...

I think I would prefer to be a judge rather than a contestant in this reality series.

Katie Gates said...

My must-see reality show is American Idol. And I've had enough glimpses of the others to know that, no matter the topic of the competition, the producers would find a way to make it interesting to the viewers. That's the scary part of any reality competition concept. No cameras near my computer, thank you very much!!!

Cam said...

i'd watch - but i'm a total word nerd so...

jazzygal said...

Hmmmm..interesting idea. Maybe with an interesting twist it would be good TV?? I had a great idea last year for a reality TV show. Well, it seemed like a great idea at 1am after a bottle of wine!! It was based on our old Tops of the Towns shows... 'twould be a logistic nightmare! What was i thinking!!

xx Jazzy

TV's Take said...

:-) I'd like to see your draft regardless if it was good for tv or not.

Leanne said...

I tried my own reality show. I did one episode. It was boring as bat shit .... (sigh). Yours actually looks better! Give it a go .... I'll watch it ...

Date Girl said...

haha, yeah my own reality tv show would be pretty terrible. A lot of time with me sitting and starring at the computer screen. Though I will admit when I "fitness clean" dancing around the house in my sports bra and yoga pants, swinging around a broom, that might make for some entertainment. ;-)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Haha, love it!

MommaKiss said...

ok, the biting of the laptop? So could be me. In a heartbeat!

Anti-Supermom said...

Have you ever watched Last Comic Standing? Along the same lines, lots of watching them write lines... but they were hilarious when they got together

I miss that show...

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Very funny concept. If it's reality TV, it has to include lots of writers in their pajamas, or underwear, or bad combinations of whatever we throw on at home while writing. Maybe that makeover idea isn't all bad! Plus extra points for most creative distractions. In an old episode of The Odd Couple, sportswriter-slob Oscar actually cleaned the house, and then did a tap dance.