Yesterday, we took a look at our influences from the past with the “Who are Your Literary Parents” game. Today, let’s move our past into the future with a new game from Bitter Script Reader, who says: “Good news! Your next pilot’s been ordered to series before you’ve written it.
“The catch: it’s pre-cast with your celebrity crushes when you were 13. So how are you building a show around that?”
“OMG! They got Robin Williams! OK, it’s going to be a séance comedy set in Boulder, CO with Robin channeling all his greatest impersonations. IDK, I guess they need someone fantastic to channel Robin. Miranda Richardson? #oneandonlylove at 13, Robin.”
Can you just imagine? LOL, well, I can. Once I get done with Bunny Blavatsky, Jack and Olivia, darling Porky-Pie and that airship/plus size adventurist space opera, an impersonator who turns psychic is on my list. (Full disclosure: earlier this week, I saw Jim Carrey on a Saturday Night Live clip doing just that. #inspiration #goalz)
Feel free to fudge the timeline; I THOUGHT I was talking about my teenage crush, but when I did the math, it turns out that my first crush was my 10-year-old crush. All the other girls were swooning over Leif Garrett, but I was head-over-heels with Mork.
Some people do say that your crushes aren’t always about sexuality – that a lot of times, those fizzy feelings stem from respect for that person’s skills. For example, when you fall madly in love with a teacher or a mentor . . . sometimes that isn’t about love for the person, but love for their competence and brilliance. And boy, did I admire Mork’s goofy dorkiness combined with his mad wordplay and frenetic energy. I’ve got the goofy dorkiness down pat; I still yearn to have even a fraction of his quick wit and boundless energy.
Miranda Richardson, by the way, just played a psychic in the Amazon Prime series, Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett (my real dad), and the wonderful Neil Gaiman). I first noticed her as the delightfully homicidal Queen Elizabeth I in Black Adder, and she really is a wonder woman of comedy. She’d be perfect to star in my mini-series!
How about you? What would your greenlighted series look like? (Try and think of this before you peek at the comment thread for this tweet . . . or go ahead and look. Amazing ideas there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them do come to fruition – maybe not cast with the crushes in question, but I bet there are a lot of little seeds for great television oaks here.)
(Wanna see that Jim Carrey skit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwZdFFl14fs “Psychic Medium — Saturday Night Live” 5:45 with Jason Sudeikis, Nasim Pedrad and Vanessa Bayer)