Saturday, April 16, 2011
Know When To Fold Em
I've slowly come to a realization: I suck at writing sitcoms! The majority of my ideas sounded like something ripped straight from the program listings of an 80s-90s copy of TV Guide. I really don't think the world needs another "Small Wonder" or "Harry and the Hendersons." Most sitcoms aren't high concept. They're usually about families, couples, single people, etc. dealing with everyday situations in comedic fashion.
Trying to come up with a compelling low-concept idea was driving me nuts. Whenever I attempted to add a genre element into the mix, it came off as pure cheese. I just couldn't find the right balance. For whatever reason, I seem to be better at mixing genre stuff with dramas. Time to cut my losses. I'm done with sitcoms, but not television. At some point this year, I'll probably take a stab at a sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural drama script.
My wacky misadventures in sitcom writing weren't a total loss. One of my characters gets to live on in my still unfinished supernatural thriller spec. Still trying to beat that May 2 deadline for Nicholl...