I’ve got a couple of thoughts to expel, and they all have to do with television. Let’s start with the unimportant stuff.
New fall shows! So far, they pretty much suck. I know, I know; they’re just pilots. But, they should at least be entertaining. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty particular in my taste, so I think after viewing a pilot, I can make a decent assumption on the behalf of myself. Of the slew of new programming, so far I’ve watched Up All Night (NBC), New Girl (FOX), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Whitney (NBC), Death Valley (MTV), and The Playboy Club (NBC). Some okay-looking shows I haven’t seen yet that I plan on watching include Terra Nova (FOX), Person Of Interest (CBS), and Pan Am (ABC). There are a bunch of shows like Free Agents (NBC), Hart Of Dixie (CW), Ringer (CW), and Prime Suspect (NBC) that I probably won’t even bother watching because they look absolutely retarded. From what I’ve seen so far, the only shows that I care for are Up All Night, Death Valley, and New Girl, somewhat. I’ll keep watching these shows until they bore me, which may be one more episodes or may be never, because I think they all have potential. Plus, how can I not watch Will Arnett?
Now, onto the important (to me) stuff. (Un)employed, the sitcom that I have been working on with my friends since February, is going to be going through some changes. We’ve taken way too long to finish it, but it may be for the better. Earlier today, I read that MTV had picked up a show called Underemployed, an ensemble comedy from Craig Wright, described as such: “On the eve of their college graduation, best pals Sofia, Daphne, Lou, Raviva and Miles believe they’re destined for greatness, and are set to dazzle the world with their brilliance. A year later, cold reality has set in and the group struggles, often comically, to stay optimistic through dead-end odd jobs, terrible bosses, romantic mistakes and major life changes.”
When I read this, I said, “Holy mother of fuck.” I told the other guys involved in the show and Mike, essentially the creator and head writer, told me he threw up. He cursed us for dragging out feet. I read on to find that the show was picked up back in February and was only just recently optioned, which only made me feel a bit better, seeing as we didn’t even start working on (Un)employed until February. Any other person might read this, curse their luck, and then start on something new, but we have to finish our pilot. We are legally obligated to finish our pilot because we received funding from Kickstarter. I wish it were as easy as returning the money, but that’s not how it works.
I guess it’s a defeatist attitude to want to quit when we’ve come this far, but I am kind of a pessimist. We’re going to continue on with the pilot, but we’re going to change the name and maybe some other stuff. We’re still going to try to make the best show that we possibly can and we want to finish up soon. After the pilot, maybe we will continue, maybe we’ll create something else, or maybe we won’t do anything, as we sit, wallowing in darkness, empty and soulless.