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‘Comedy’ TV Pilots Stoking ‘Recession’

From a delighted Hollywood Reporter:

Comedy pilots reflect recession

Many projects center on characters in crisis

By James Hibberd

Feb 19, 2009

A group of friends gets fired on the same day. Troubled cops check into a halfway home. A Wall Street executive loses his job and has to reconnect with his small-town family.

Laughing yet?

Those are a few log lines for next fall’s TV pilots — the comedy pilots.

Networks are looking at recession-friendly ideas for their new half-hours, with many projects embracing characters in crisis and avoiding office settings.

CBS’ "Waiting to Die" is, according to its description, a "buddy comedy about two simple guys who are happy with their life, no matter how bad it might look from the outside." Fox’s "Two Dollar Beer" is about a blue-collar couple in Detroit who "deal with the reality of their long-standing roots in this community slowly becoming less relevant as the rest of the world passes them by."

Groups of single, perky young people seem to be waning. No more friends with benefits — they’re now friends with unemployment benefits.

The creative upside is that networks that have rushed back to police and medical procedurals for their fall drama pilots seem to have ordered some refreshingly untraditional comedies.

Loglines suggest grown-up themes: single parents, a couple with an age difference, unexpected pregnancies. Yet the police-show resurgence is getting some play here, too. As odd as it might sound, there are four comedies in development about police officers or security guards.

Office-based shows seem less popular as networks likely figure viewers do not wish to be reminded of their workplace — or lack thereof — during a recession

Unemployment is up maybe two percentage points above what was previously considered “full employment”?

And we have to have this kind of panic everywhere?

Of course the Obama administration’s “entertainment wing” is just doing their part to fan the crisis mentality.

Without such a dire crisis how would they ever push through their agenda of “social justice”?

So we must be told about this crisis at all times, from every conceivable media outlet.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “‘Comedy’ TV Pilots Stoking ‘Recession’”

  1. BillK says:

    Then next year they’ll wonder why viewership is down even more.

    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    Comedy pilots reflect recession

    Many projects center on characters in crisis

    By James Hibberd

    A group of friends gets fired on the same day. Troubled cops check into a halfway home. A Wall Street executive loses his job and has to reconnect with his small-town family…


    Then the happy ending of the shows will be when the Government stimulus spending kicks in and the characters all bow to the Anointed One…

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “unexpected pregnancies”

    As a Christian I believe there has been only one “unexpected pregnancy.”

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Comedy on tv has sucked for years – the only one I watch with any regularity is The Big Bang Theory. With too many shows – the first season is good and then it goes downhill fast, very, very fast. Of course what do you expect with a generation of people raised on ADD/HD drugs and Fiberal educational indoctrination – they have no attention span, no concept of what the average American wants to watch, and a really pop culture skewed view of life, jobs, relationships and sex – which gets boring after the first go around.

  4. proreason says:

    Hannity excerted the times The Moron said “crisis” in a recent revival meeting / pep talk for the country.

    The count was over 25.

    And that didn’t include synonyms like “catastrophe” and “disaster”

    As we have been saying, they have no intent for the economy to rebound this year. They want unemployment to go over 10% so they can stick it to Bush.

    But the good news is that THEY won’t feel any pain at all. They are the rulers. They bought the country fair and square.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Maybe we could help them out with some show titles ..
    “Saturday Night Live at the Goolag” .. “American Misery” ..

    • proreason says:

      Good game, MR:

      How about:

      Bonanza for me but not for you
      Wanted Dead or Alive
      Washington Hillbillies

    • 1sttofight says:

      Bad Times
      Barry and The B***h
      Are you smarter than a Democrat?
      The Afro Team
      Battle of the Hoods
      The Biggest Losers(Starring the American Taxpayer)
      Barry The American Taxpayer Slayer
      Barry The Friendy Thief.
      Chicago Hope and Change.

      I can go on all day.
      Tell your friends and family.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Fall 2009 television line-up:

      Barack-Doo (cartoon antics where the kids and their leader, Barack-Doo, foil the bad guys from their Mystery Prius!)
      All in the (Welfare)Family
      Welcome Back, Taxes!
      Bruthas and Sistahs
      I Dream of Nancy (Pelosi)
      Let’s Make a Deal (With Acorn!)
      Desperate Middle-Class

      And for your movie-going pleasure …
      Out of Washington
      Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue
      Bedtime for Barry (with apologies to Ronald Reagan)
      Clueless (yes, I know there is a flick called Clueless. This time it’s not about spoiled pampered teens from Beverly Hills!)

    • JohnMG says:

      …”Bedtime for Barry (with apologies to Ronald Reagan)…”

      That’s racist, Caligirl!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Ok, Ok…..
      Make Room for 2 Daddies
      I Dream of Weinee (Barneys fave)
      The Monkees ( starring the BCC)
      Family Affair ….starring the Obamy family tree
      Death Valley Days (for all the suckers that work to play)
      and last but not least…….
      Rawhole…..I mean…..hide!

    • caligirl9 says:

      It was totally unintentional I can assure you! I would never insult a chimp like that!

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”And for your movie-going pleasure …”

      ‘The Munificent Seven’ (tax evaders)

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Oh my God .. these are all just great .. I love it! But I gotta tell ya’ .. “I Dream of Weinee” by Barnie (the banking queen) .. I’ve been laughing for the last hour and a half .. I can see it now .. “I Dream of Weinee” by Barney announced at the fair hot dog eating contest! Kudo’s LD .. that’s a hoot! “I Dream of Weinee” .. ROFLMAO

    • caligirl9 says:

      I hope someone is keeping track of all of these, just in case any show up anyplace.
      Must-see TV!!!

    • proreason says:

      My favorite is

      “Welcome Back, Taxes!”

      It made me laugh out loud

    • caligirl9 says:

      Pun fully intended LOL

    • JohnMG says:

      Can we put song titles in here too? How about, “It’s Only a Matter of Slime”?

    • proreason says:


      “I’m in the mood for a handout.”
      “I saw daddy kissing george soros.”
      “Santa Claus is coming to town”
      “I want to hold your slush fund”

    • JohnMG says:

      I suppose “Back Betty” would be in poor taste? What about “Great Pretender”? Or, “Society’s Child”? Maybe “You’re So Vain”?

    • Liberals Demise says:


      Ho Down in the Town

      Pleasant Valley Someday

      One Toke over a Line

      I Dig a Pigmy

      If I Had a Hammer (you’d have a knot on your forehead)

    • JohnMG says:

      “Now You’re Messin’ With a Blagojevich”
      “Hey Hey We’re the Monkeys” (couldn’t help myself, mpf-mpf)

    • proreason says:

      “Stop, in the name of Hate”
      “Somethins blowing in the wind, and it isn’t free houses for deadbeats”
      “You can’t always get what you want, but you can always steal it”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Barney Franks favorite TV show:
      Peter Gunn

    • caligirl9 says:

      I really should know better than to be eating or drinking at my keyboard … wiping off the water!

      Inagoddaviagra …

      That’s worse than the Viva Viagra commercials!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      LD.. you did it again!!! Barney Frank & Peter Gunn. ROFLMAO!!! You’re on a roll with ol’ Barney there .. I love it. Gonna have to start issueing keyboard warnings tho’. Barney Frank – Peter Gunn .. there goes another hour and a half and a box of Kleenex.

    • VMAN says:

      Along the theme song line how about “Got A Black Magic Negro”
      “That Old Black Magic”
      “Michelle My Belle”
      “Geitner’s Silver Hammer”
      God forgive me for that and bless the pygmies in the White House

  6. Kilmeny says:


    There’s comedy on TV?


  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Darn it! Now that Bush is gone they have no more material from which to draw inspiration from. Boo freaking hoo!

    Kilmeny, You’re right, nothing but rehash trash on the boob tube. Like your avatar. Our alpha male cat is a tiger striped shorthair which my daughters have given the name of, you guessed it, Hobbes.

  8. proreason says:

    An old classic….”Gauge ya, on my mind”

    And my nomination for the new national anthem…

    “America the Bootyful”, traditional version by the big-band of the 70’s, Chicago, and the modern nuanced version by Jay-Z, choreographed by Janet Jackson

  9. proreason says:


    “Honey, wake up honey. I smell smoke”

    “bzzerftsasbb. Alinsk….trotsk….alinstro….zzzbtafa….redistibuism, ismfree, freedistrism….bazffasee….barney, barneeeee….zaaevaesfs…..bzzerftsasdbb”

    “Barack, get your lazy f****g Ass out of bed and DO something. I SMELL SMOKE!!”

    Barack stumbles out of bed, briefly practices poses in front of the mirror, settles on the furrowed-brow-pursed-lip look and shuffles into the next room, stops, corrects the shuffle to a bounce with hands shaking from the wrist.

    Returns a few minutes later.


    “Barack, if you don’t DO something about this F***G CRISIS I’ll make sure your pencil never writes again. NOW GET YOUR BLACK ASS in gear ”

    Barack bounces arhythemically to the other room. All hell then breaks loose as it seems the world is coming to an end.

    Returns a few minutes later.

    “What did you do Honey Pot?” purrs Michelle.

    “FEMA is flying in from 3 states. Nancy is writing a bill to fight this gawdawful crisis. I ordered the Sixth Fleet to steam up the Potomac. I turned on all the sprinklers, and I used a fire axe to cut through the plumbing in Lincoln’s bedroom. The whole house will be flooded in minutes.”

    “Oh sweetums, I hope you won’t be mad at little me. I think the smoke was from the neighbor’s barbeque”

    Obamy pulls back the window curtain, and sure enough, he looks down to see Slow Joe roasting what appears to be 6 cows on a shiny new barbeque. For a moment, Obamy seems angry, but quickly gets himself under control as 3 separate presidential poses glimmer across his manly face.

    “Oh honeypot, how could I ever be mad at yewwwwww”, “And besides, there are 5 or 6 more fleets where that one came from.”

    And the Obamy’s giggle and pinch each other as they go back to their beds snuggling with their teddy bears as the stereo continues to play “Hail to the Chief”

    Next episode…….”The Little Darlings Spoof Daddy About Being Pregnant”…..brought to you by your local Home Depot.

    • 1sttofight says:

      For a supposedly “black man” he for some reason seems to have 0% rythem. Can anyone explain this?
      Not to mention his other “not black” bodily features which could explain the silverbacks eternal PO’d look.
      Big woman needs a big……..

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “needs a ………Bubba Gump Shrimp?”

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