Entourage meets Friends - Idea for your next comedy TV series

A day in the life of our fictional Hollywood super developer. Part of the 5M Projects. Written by Rogue Saint.

I was woken suddenly last night by a loud noise, as if somebody was hitting a wall in despair. It was you, an aspiring writer or a seasoned pro, desperately trying to overcome a block. You wanted to make a hit TV comedy series, but no great ideas had popped up in your head. You wanted that next "Entourage meets Friends" that would last for at least six or seven seasons. I must say I felt your pain, I really did, so I offered you words of sympathy and encouragement. "I don't need your sympathy," you responded, still very emotional. "I need an idea. I'm an excellent writer, give me something to work with. You're supposed to be the guy with millions of ideas."
"Okay, okay. Hold your horses," I responded. "I might have something for you. I've never really gone deeply into it, because such a project doesn't fit the rest of the work I do, but I do have an outline and the characters, which should be enough for you to start with."
"Give it to me. Give it to me immediately," you responded, fast and furious, and right at the target, like a fuming assault weapon triggered by a nervous but good shooter.

"Sit down, take a pen and paper, and follow me closely," I started, as you loaded yourself with the two basic writing tools. "Six recent graduates of the University of Cincinnati move to Los Angeles to pursue careers in the entertainment industry. They rent a house in the Valley...Van Nuys or some dead neighborhood like that, and dream of one day moving to the glorious mansions of Bel Air."
"Wait." You stopped me mid-thought. "Do they each get a mansion in Bel Air or do they all plan move together into one?"
"They each get a mansion," I responded briskly. "You're writer, you're supposed to be smart. If they all end up in one house, they haven’t actually made it."
"Okay. Mansion for each. Got it. One more question. Do they really need to be from the University of Cincinnati?"
"No. That was an example. They can be from NYU or some other school with a decent film program that is not based in the greater Los Angeles area."
"So I should avoid my alma mater, the University of Potatoes and All Things Agricultural in Northwestern Idaho?" You looked at me and I nodded in approval. "Got it. Go on."

"So six recent graduates move to the LA area. Three guys and three girls, races distributed according to your preference. Let's start with the guys. You will have one guy from a wealthy family, trying to get his law degree as well as working as an assistant to a powerhouse entertainment lawyer firm in Los Angeles."
"He'll be my 'women should marry him because he's rich and soon will be powerful' guy?" you asked, and I offered you an encouraging smile. You continued. "He drives a good car, eats lunch at Kate Mantilini's, drinks coffee at Urth Caffé on Melrose, shops on Robertson Blvd., and schmoozes the bosses at the corporate parties. He's also good looking and a bit of a jerk?"
"Every man of power is a bit of a jerk. Let's get to your second guy. He's your nerdy-looking straight-A student and lover of arts, especially literature. He knows his writing and has won awards in high school and college..."
"But he's making European-type movies, too much art, not enough spectacle," you interrupted. "He's represented by a sleazy 'Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad' kind of manager who never does anything for him except tell him to write high-concept scripts. He doesn't like partying, he is shy, and literally too nice for Hollywood. He's the kind of guy women should marry but never do."
"Sort of," I encouraged you. "This would be sufficient for you to develop this character, so let's move to the third male character. He's an avid rock n' roll fan, wearing Guns N' Roses and Metallica shirts, tattered jeans, and worn-out boots. He's an Axl Rose wannabe and moved to LA to found the next big hard-rock band."
"I got this one," you jumped in. "He's larger than life, a bit overconfident, slightly self-centered, and lives the life of a rock star filled with sex, drugs, and partying. But he's got two problems. Every band he has tried to assemble has disbanded before they could release a single song, and he's virtually penniless. If he turned out all of his pockets, he couldn't find more than $20. He's constantly making moves for wannabe supermodels, who eventually go for his lawyer-to-be friend while he usually ends up with a tattooed hairdresser from Supercuts."

Your self-confidence grew as you finished putting the last touch on the rock singer. Then you laid the pen on the paper and looked at me. "Okay. We have the male characters. I love them. What about female characters? Are they as good for development as the male characters?"
"Of course they are. After all, I'm giving you a great idea. Your first female character should be a driven individual with good looks who's trying to be a studio executive...something like VP of development, or president of production. At the beginning of the show, she should be a lower-level employee, an assistant for example."
"Hmmm..." You started mumbling, still deep in your thoughts. "She's searching for success in her career and balance in her private life but struggles to achieve both. As a young woman, it's still difficult for someone like her to reach the heights she's dreaming about. Old Hollywood geezers will make advances to her, promising her easier promotions, while men of her age would date her mostly because they think she'll put their feature screenplays in development or launch their acting careers... This is great. Please tell me we have two outstanding characters left?"
"I did promise you a show that can run six to seven seasons, didn't I? The second female character is a wannabe actress who thinks plenty of herself and her acting skills."
"I know where you're going with this," you interrupted enthusiastically. "Let me finish. Let me finish, please." I agreed, and you continued. "She's very good looking and always attracts most of the men in her surroundings. She dreams of becoming an acting legend, sort of a new-and-improved Meryl Streep, but her acting range extends only as far as Jennifer Aniston's rom-com material. She also wouldn't mind dating somebody famous and becoming a tabloid catchphrase like 'Bennifer' or 'Brangelina.'"
You finished in one breath as an ear-to-ear smile spread across your face. For the first time that night, you were not only pleased but very optimistic. "Okay," you said. "We have one female character to go. Who is she?"
"An aspiring actress."
"Another one?" You sounded a bit deflated, as if you had expected a miracle.
"Not just any aspiring actress. She's a bit odd, not what typical man would find good looking, but smart nevertheless, and very talented."
You jumped to your feet, your mood changed to happiness again. "She's totally opposite from her roommate."
"Not only is she opposite from her roommate, but she is also an environmental activist and a full-blooded feminist."
"So." You took a moment to ponder my last sentence before going on. "She's the person who will challenge the writing in the script and label it misogynist. She's the one who'll go to save a pigeon during the action scene with a lot of explosions. She's the one who not only wants to be an actress but to change some ways in Hollywood that have deep roots. All this will go against her having a great career."

"But remember—" I wanted to make sure you stayed on track. "This is a comedy series. Don't be too serious and too deep. Be entertaining... Because I never got far into this idea, I haven’t come up with a title. So that will be on you. I'd suggest something short like LA Six or LA Stories...something like that. You can also entertain the idea of switching the careers between the male and female characters. You can have one aspiring actor as a male and the other a female. In that case, transfer the writer to be a girl. Or if you really want, you can have a girl who wants to be a new Janis Joplin. There are many possibilities, and I offered those that crossed my mind first. In any case, you have the idea now, so go make that pilot and get your credits. I will be watching you."


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VillianLabs by Rogue Saint: Entourage meets Friends - Idea for your next comedy TV series
Entourage meets Friends - Idea for your next comedy TV series
A day in the life of our fictional Hollywood super developer. Part of the 5M Projects. Written by Rogue Saint.
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