8.24.2006

DIY TV

Salon has an interesting thing up right now where they ask different people to "image their fantasy (TV) program." What's up there so far is kind of interesting, although not exactly inspired. Who knew the dude from the Mountain Goats liked boxing so much? And the zombie rights show ("Afterlife") is funny and, strangely, not such a bad idea.

But I think we can do it a little better here at Barrelhouse.

I can't think of a better group of people to pursue a project that involves a bit of random creativity, a love/hate/love relationship with television, and no responsibility to actually do anything other than throw ideas out there.

So here's my idea, and some of you may have heard this before. It is called "Porn House" and I don't think its been done yet, although I know the Playboy channel has gotten close. And here I have to say much credit goes to my friend Jake, who is equally responsible/to blame for this concept.

Here's how the show works: you get a bunch of very horny straight men, like, eight of them, all in their early twenties, in a house. Also in the house: an equal number of porn stars (or, you know, depending on production values and budgets, hookers).

The straight men are not allowed to orgasm. Any orgasm -- self-inflicted, nighttime emission, what have you, and they are out of the game. Hence the catchphrase: "You cum, you go!"

And now the conflict: the porn stars/hookers are paid a bounty for each guy they can make orgasm. The bounty goes down incrementally every day, so there's a sense of urgency for them as well.

There will be challenges (Lesbian night! Jenna Jameson!), and there will be booze everywhere. The only decorations in the house will be pornographic, and the televisions will be playing porn nonstop, night and day. These televisions cannot be turned off. There will be a lot of fighting. I don't mean "you don't know me" or "you didn't put the toilet seat down" fighting. I mean, physical, drunken, sexually frustrated, stupid frat boy brawling.

So, the last dude in the house wins, I don't know, some money (if Paradise Hotel is any indication, and it really should be, then we don't really need to even figure out what they win until, oh, maybe one show before the finale).

My other idea is a soap opera based in the world described by the Weekly World News. We could call it "As the Weekly World Turns" and it would be populated by aliens, ghosts, serial killers, the bat boy, etc. Except it would be done completely straight -- no wink wink (ahem, "snakes on a plane") bullshit, straight up daytime, alien, bat boy love drama.

So what's your show?

Oh, and Playboy Network -- you can get in touch with me and Jake through this blog. The rights to Porn House are totally for sale.

3 comments:

Mike said...

I thought I had a really great/terrible idea for Celebrity Spelling Bee, but apparently that's already been a real show. Go figure.

How about this? A has-been actor is told he or she has been asked to star in a new film that will serve as their comeback vehicle... only the catch is, there IS no film, and it's all just a ruse. The only thing being filmed is the TV show about the fake film. For maximum effect, the fake movie should be something really ridiculous, like Battlefield Earth meets Weekend at Bernie's II, the sort of thing anyone in their right mind would walk away from. And that's where the humor comes in. THe very, very mean humor.

Or how about we airlift Janice Dickinson, Tara Reid, a camera crew and about a hundred gallons of vodka into some unsuspecting town -- like, say, Allentown, Pa. You know you'd watch it.

aaron said...

Dave, that's a great idea for a show. But, after the winner is declared, what will you do for the remaining 55 minutes of the show's running time?

aaron said...

How about the story of one straight man who sells cosmetics and drives a pink car around. Everyone thinks he's gay! Which is exactly the way he wants it. That way, he can leverage his knowledge of cosmetics and fake gayness to get close to the ladies, and then have an intimate, totally heterosexual "accident" that the woman won't mind because he's just temporarily confused about his sexuality, due to her hotness. But what happens when he falls for a happily married client? We could call it
"The Amazing Womanizing Adventures of Not-Gay Marty Kay"