FROM: Mort Lowenstein, VP
TO: Hal Schmidt, ABC Development
RE: New Fall Line-up
What a glorious eve for ABC! With "Friends" finally out of the picture in May, I truly believe we're in a position to take back prime time. During my recent ski trip to Alta, I took some time on the plane to brainstorm new program ideas. I hope you and the boys in development don't mind. Reclaiming our stakes from NBC will be no easy task, but I don't mind saying I think some of these have potential. Feel free to tweak where you see fit and get back to me.
PAR FOR THE COURSE - A womanizing, ex-professional golfer moves back in with his ex-wife and their three children. He learns to bond with the teens and tries to change his ways to win back his former wife's love. (possible fourth season finale: he does!)
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE - A womanizing, ex-professional football player moves back in with his ex-wife and their four children. He learns to bond with the teens and tries to change his ways to win back his former wife's love. And also, maybe one of the kids is blind.
I'M WITH JESUS - "The Passion of the Christ" is huge right now. Jesus is huge. And the film really left everything open-ended. What happens next? I think ABC/Disney can really run with this. I mean, since Jesus is immortal, we can set everything in present-day. It works on paper. And just thinking out loud here, but maybe Jesus can have a dog that talks.
BUDDIES - A show set in Chicago about a bunch of male and female buddies. Not like "Friends," since one of the buddies has a magical power (can make time stop.) Maybe there's a kid in it, too. A cute one, that won't grow up awkwardly and look all weird (no braces!!!). That really burned us on Home Improvement.
DANCE SCHOOL COPS - An hourlong drama about two women (one's really pretty, the other not so pretty but has a good personality) who work as police officers during the day and attend dance class at night. Possible tagline: They've got all the right moves (?) Have creative work with it.
SPECIAL CRIME UNIT (SCU) - Gritty detectives from New York who work on special cases that the government calls "special crimes." And the detectives don't have names, because the government took their names away from them. And maybe they track down demons. Because one of them is part-demon, so he knows where the other demons are. Spend some time brainstorming this. And run it through legal.
AND BABY MAKES THREE - A comedy about two bungling brothers who inherit a baby in an adoption mix-up. And they don't know anything about raising babies. So their mom helps out (Cybil Shepard?) but she's just as bungling (that's why the brothers are bungling). Could be funny.
OH! LUCIANO! - Luciano Pavarotti vehicle starring the tenor as the tenant in a run down apartment building (can you imagine the possibilities?) But no fat jokes. The guy I'm talking to says he's really sensitive. And there's an old lady who lives in the building that complains a lot. Nice breakout character for merchandising.
SEEING EYES - hour drama about a blind kid (no braces!) with a talking dog. Cybil Shepard is the dog's voice. Could fight demons.
Let me know what you think. Again, just some suggestions. See you on the links Saturday.