Monday, July 21, 2008

My Alt-Weekly Sitcom Stolen!

[TV News] According to a recent Variety report, 20th Century Fox TV has greenlighted (greenlit?) a sitcom about "a dishy alternative weekly publication." Just in time for the death of print, of not FX's Dirt.

Me, I'm curious because I wrote a sitcom pilot script about an alt-weekly newspaper office four years ago and submitted it to Bravo's reality-competition show Situation: Comedy. It didn't make the cut, but nothing ever happened with the ultimate winner, either, so I wasn't all that broken up about it. Not after crying myself to sleep for a few weeks, wondering aloud "Why does Sean Hayes hate me so?!" But now ... how close will this be to my cleverly-titled City Weekly? Should I lawyer up? After getting screwed by TimeWarner and Tru TV, this could be my ticket out!

Sure, my script sucked--but it was still better than any Fox comedy of the last decade or so. The late, great Action excluded, or course. Maybe I'd better dust that dog off and submit it to The CW ... while they're still in business. (Bill Frost)


  1. Lawyer up! For all you know, they took your script, changed the title, and made the main character a go-getting single woman looking for love in her spare time while drinking coffee in the bookstore downstairs.

  2. "Dishy." That describes our place of business, all right! Can't wait to see it.

  3. Dear Bill Frost,

    I ALSO submitted a script to "Situation: Comedy" 4 years ago. The contest on Bravo with Sean Hayes, right? My script happened to be about a radio psychiatrist. Sure enough, NBC had the audacity to create Frasier in 1993.

    Yes, I realize the chronology of these events is a little out of whack, but the point is I feel your pain.


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