Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
A Show About Your Life (How Would It Go?)
May 17, 2002
"There's a club if you'd like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you"
-The Smiths "How Soon Is Now"
"And though she thought I knew the answer
Well I knew what I could not say"
-The Beatles "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"
Ahh yes. Friday. Freedom. Oh, what sweet freedom. Funny how the passing of a week can create such a solice, such a respite from the norm, only to compress and repeat again. So the cycle goes.
But these are good times, if not strange times. Pool/luau party tomorrow, four day week ahead, and California creeping one day closer on the horizon. There's the sense that the future is somewhat set, at least in the near sense, even if that's not the case for many people I'm close with. Which always brings with it some inherent sense of discord-by-association, but that's no less so a reality than one year ago, even if perception and players have changed.
If someone was to make a television show about your life, what would it be? A sitcom? A dark comedy? Slapstick? Drama? Actually, life incorporates all of those elements, plus many others that might not make for compelling television. But I'd like to think that a show about my life would be like The Sopranos. Well-written, crisp (if not edgy) dialogue, dynamic characters, and plenty of drama to keep the wheel spinning. And maybe even a few scenes in the Bada Bing club.
Yes, I do have a point with this. I found out this morning that NBC will be running a show Thursday nights this fall called Good Morning Miami. It's a sitcom about a TV news producer who comes to Florida to work on a low-rated morning news show. Seriously. Switch Tampa for Miami and the damn show might as well be about me. Okay, with a bunch of sitcom nonsense thrown in, too. But still, the concept is intriguing to me. It will be very interesting to see what they do with it. Consider the description from the official webpage:
"Mark Feuerstein (What Women Want, The West Wing) stars as Jake — a fiercely ambitious, hot TV producer, a guy who's all business with no time for a personal life. He makes the boldest leap of his career when he takes over the lowest-rated morning show in America."
If it was a drama, it would probably get a bit too eeriely familiar for me at times. But in the sitcom setting, well it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. They're putting it in the Thursday night block, so NBC looks to be giving it a megapush. Hopefully it'll turn out better than Inside Schwartz.
Wouldn't it be interesting to see Detroit and Toronto play for the Stanley Cup in the NHL playoffs? A couple of original six teams squaring off, in the Finals for the first time since Toronto switched from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference. Could be quite intriguing...