AWESOME NEWS GUYS! Over the weekend, it was reported that CBS has bought another sitcom pitch based on a Twitter feed. YAY! The coolest part is that not only is there going to be another TV show based on a Twitter feed, which is already a pretty awesome part, as we all agree I’m sure, but the even better part is that Ashton Kutcher brokered the deal. Cool! He gets money and also has a powerful hand in shaping American Entertainment. DOUBLE COOL. From the Hollywood Reporter:

CBS continues to find new comedy ideas on the Internet.

The network has just bought a series concept from Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Productions and the Schiff Co. based on the blog and Twitter feed Dear Girls Above Me.

Dear Girls Above Me is written by a guy who’s driven to distraction by the ditzy roommates living in the condo above him. Unlike “$#*! My Dad Says,” or the recently sold “Shh … Don’t Tell Steve,” however, the entries often dervive humor from our unnamed protagonist’s reactions and not just the quotes.

To be completely honest, that seems like a perfectly reasonable idea for a bullshit CBS sitcom, and it seems hard to complain about this weird democratization of creative resourcing (although one could argue that much like the Whole American Dream, it is false and illusory, but still, CBS could have just taken that idea). But who wants complete honesty? BOO! TWITTER IS SOOOO DUMB! BURN YOUR TV! CBS IS A JERK! ASHTON KUTCHER’S FACE!

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  1. It’s even harder than normal to look at Ashton Kutcher’s face on here when I know, just know, that Gabe is writing the Mad Men recap. I want it nowwwwww.

    • I know, right? I mean, how am I supposed to feel about it unless Gabe tells me. I think I was disappointed? But I’m not sure! Also, Jean Baudrillard is waging his finger at me from the grave.

      • Were you disappointed Teach? It certainly didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat like last year’s season finale, but I felt really happy for Don and his tortured soul.

        Eh you’re right… I’m gonna go read A.V. Club and Vulture to get some perspective on what I really think about the show. BRB.

  2. Shit my television shows.

  3. Whats the difference between this show and the Big Bang Theory?

  4. That’s sort of like my blog, “Dear Old People Stop Having Sex Above Me.”

  5. The next step in this process is a channel devoted solely to shows which are based on facebook status updates and twitter feeds about TV shows.

    • I’m waiting for the reality show based on the lives of tweeters everywhere. It’ll be an inspiring tale of ordinary American’s doing extraordinary things. Don’t worry, it’s directed by Ron Howard so the tweets will dramatically be highlighted in each shot.

  6. And yet @cosminawagner languishes in obscurity.

    • Aw shucks, I didn’t read the name close enough and I thought you were talking about Cosima Wagner, wife to Richard of course, and was going to make a very funny opera joke about the length of Wagner operas vs. the condensed nature of twitter feeds.

      But then I saw that it is actually Cosmina (who is that? Time for some edutainment, Mans!). And I also remembered that opera jokes are never actually funny.

  7. I was going to make some sort of 2012-themed comment and follow it up with that GIF of the chimp sniffing its own butt, but then I realized that no matter how many clever comments or humorous GIFs I post, Ashton Kutcher will still be a blissfully moronic multimillionaire with Justin Bieber hair, and I will still be a broke university student with anxiety issues.

    Damn you, Kutcher. Damn you to hell.

  8. So when are they going to turn Videogum into a television show? I mean, super attractive people taking time out of their awesome lives to post hilarious responses to pop culture events? Who wouldn’t watch that?

  9. I don’t know, you guys. I kind of like this trend much, much more than the majority of reality television. Unless there’s @famewhoresnotheretomakefriends somewhere, in which case we’re in trouble.

  10. Not to be Outdone, NBC announced that it has ordered 13 episodes of ‘They’re Rapin’ Errbody Out There’

  11. i can’t wait for cbs’s next break-out hit, “two and half rainbows, all the way.”

  12. I keep hoping life will imitate art and Ashton will finally Butterfly Effect himself out of existence.

  13. We’re all Punk’d.

  14. Someone should fire CBS.

  15. “Democratization of creative resourcing” is my new favorite pickup line.

  16. I’m waiting for the Twitter movie. “What I Ate for Lunch: the Twitter Story”

  17. Today, My Newborn Looked at a Grape: The Facebook Story

  18. I’ve been tearing my hair out all morning trying to figure out who’d make a good “Whoa!”

  19. Guys, CBS seems to be really getting on board with this instantaneous, meme-driven programming. Kudos to them for trying to innovate the vibrancy of their brand. Hopefully something good comes out of it, after all, this isn’t the TV we need but it is the TV we’ve demanded.

    • Also, dibs on Brian Cox to play my part in the series. We are almost certainly the same age and he is the best in the business at drinking a glass of bourbon.

  20. I’m still waiting for my Twitter feed “Stuff I Find In The Garage” to get its due.

  21. Before we get all dreamy about pulling ourselves up from our Twitter bootstraps: The guy who writes this feed is the son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen (and stepdad Ted Danson), and owns his own production company. So.

  22. “Let’s take free entertainment from a growing market and spend millions of dollars to adapt it for a shrinking market!” – Kelso Moore

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