Just a news blip, as I’m too busy to ruminate long, but I thought this was worth keeping an eye on.
It’s February, so that means it’s pilot season in television. Yes, even in 2009, in between mass corporate layoffs at all the networks and studios, of course. Anyway, apparently CBS has ordered a pilot from Jackie and Jeff Filgo (former exec producers of That 70s Show). The show is to be called Big D, and will feature an NYC couple moving to the hubby’s hometown of Dallas, where the east-coast wife will clash with her mother-in-law and Texas culture.
I’m thinking about settting a lot these days, as I’m writing about how CSI has used Las Vegas, so any kind of premise so dependent on perceptions of a particular setting strikes my interest. Moreover, as Dallas has been my home for the past five years (and the DFW Metroplex for the last, gulp, ten), I’ll tune in for sure (assuming it gets picked up for fall, which is probably unlikely, given CBS’ mostly-full sitcom slate).
That said, given the usual treatment of places-that-aren’t-NY-or-LA in most television, I’m about 90% sure it’ll be a sad parade of the usual blue state/red state shtick. King of the Hill set a very high bar indeed for televisual depictions of DFW, and it’s unlikely Big D will approach it. So here’s a few cliches I’m looking forward (sic) to:
– NY wife freaking out at Big Hair and tacky jewelry
– NY wife freaking out about BBQ
– NY wife shrinking in terror in rooms full of people in cowboy hats shouting “Yee-Ha!”
– NY wife lamenting her favorite NY coffee shop/eatery
– Some Texan will say “Who’s Woody Allen [or other big NYC celebrity]?”
– An episode will revolve around a sighting of George or Laura Bush
– Larry Hagman and/or Patrick Duffy will be pulled from the DL to guest star
and of course…
– the theme song will have a kind of bluesy-twangy feel to it
Etc. I can hardly wait.
What’s your favorite TV cliches about your hometown?