Our resident hound asked, “If you were approached to write one or more episodes for a TV show (past or present), which show would it be… and why?”
Although our television is ON approximately 18 hours each day, I’m not usually the one watching it. The resident male in this house tends to stick to news shows, talk shows, talent shows, and sports. I’m usually at my desk (in another room) or at the kitchen table with headphones if I’m writing or reading, or not paying attention if I’m crafting. My knowledge of most shows is limited to commercials that take place when I happen to be watching, or snippets of scenes I see when he’s dozing off and doesn’t change the channel. I’ll catch a glimpse of other shows while he’s channel surfing, and I saw a few that, at first glance, I might have an interest in, simply because I have something in common with some of the characters:
Fresh Off the Boat: a sitcom about an Asian American Family
Mixed-ish: a sitcom about a biracial family
Head of the Class: a show set in a classroom of gifted students
Glee: a drama about a members of a high school glee club
There are other shows that I think I could contribute to, if only to fix bad characterizations such as exaggerated stereotypes (ethnicity, gender, social classes, etc), or showing people as either good or bad. However, I realize that the things I don’t like about certain shows are what make them popular.
I finally realized that I’d be a poor fit as a writer for any of these sitcoms or tv dramas. I just don’t have the time nor inclination to get acquainted with any of the storylines or characters. And then it finally hit me – I would love to write for the ONE show I watch regularly. Hubby knows that for half an hour every weekday when I’m home, the TV remote is MINE, because Jeopardy! is on. I get so engrossed in it that I turn on Closed Captioning so that I don’t miss any of the answers when Whatshisname putzes in the kitchen. It’s amazing how much noise the Keurig, the microwave, the garbage disposal, the ice maker, and the toilet make, and of course all of them need to be in use during that 30 minutes! I also silence and ignore my phone during this time, so my close friends know that I’m not available for Zoom meetings or Facebook chats.
I’ve always loved watching this game show to see how many questions I can answer. I often wonder how I would fare answering all those questions (I could do really well if they’d give us five or ten minutes to remember stuff I learned a long time ago), but I realized it would be so much fun to write the questions and see if I could stump these brainiacs. I’d LOVE to try and stump the Big Three – Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holtzhour – in a Greatest of All Time rematch!