Overheard from network execs

More on reality TV.  Herewith some remarks from network execs on pitches and formats and genres:

That show feels like kissing your sister.  

 In crime and justice programming the bar is unusually high.    

 Why are you against recreations?  If you want males you gotta give em recreations with lots of blood.  

 This show is the Biggest Loser meets The Voice – these have both been done so well already – I don’t believe you can live up to either when you are trying to combine the two.  Do one thing really well – don’t do a hybrid and try to do well at both and fail.

 That’s an MOP.  (Most Often Pitched = I’ve seen this idea so many times)  And if you are going to pitch an MOP you have to have something that makes it special.

 This is car pornography at its absolute best

 Boring.

 I love the character.

 So your idea: how does it sustain?  Who is it for? 

 I understand chapter 1 and I understand chapter 6 but how do you see chapters 2 through 5.

 Does it have authenticity, heart, emotion?

 Anyone who knows me knows I don’t buy dating shows

 Oh no – not Coldplay on your sizzle reel.  So many reels are cut to Coldplay. As you showed it, I just thought – it’s Coldplay again.

 Behind me is a debris field as well as a pile of hits

 Shiny floor shows: that’s what we call game shows.

 Formats are hard. 

In the food space:  the simplest food shows are the dump stir and pour category. Then there is the barbeque world. Then there is the 10,000 lb Rice Krispie treat we made for MegaBites.

We have been accused of throwing a negative veil over reality – but come on – we are an entertainment group!  We used to take ourselves too seriously.

Agents prowled the halls at the Realscreen Summit, and on panels they indulged in smug self-mockery: we know you hate us but we’re doing fine.  Awkwardly, network biggies aimed “agent” jokes right in their faces on the platform. “The difference between a dead skunk in the road and a dead agent in the road = no skid marks leading up to the agent … Har har”  thrown right at the agent on the stage.  No wonder they put up defenses.  But really their contribution to the ecosystem is praised on all sides for oiling the wheels of the deals and taking on the heavy lifting of negotiations so the people who do the work don’t have to sully themselves with contentious deal points that they don’t have experience with.

And finally there is of course Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  Described by Discovery’s President Eileen O’Neill as “utterly wonderful, utterly absurd.”   But then she also runs TLC, the channel that carries it.