We’re at an interesting turning point in both the production and consumption of television entertainment. A few years from now we may look back on an ironic sitcom pilot called Nobody’s Watching as the most layered example of that point. It:
–Calls out the bland and mindless unfunniness of most sitcoms on the air today.
–Demonstrates that ideas and some good writing (about sitcoms) might save sitcoms.
–Skewers the big network executives, portraying in-show their bad decision making and attachment to formula.
–Embarasses the big network executives, highlighting their real world bad decision making and attachment to formula.
–Proves that the viewing masses can figure out a good atypical premise (also previously done with Scrubs and Family Guy, whose creators and writers made NW).
–Turns the piloting process on its head by harnessing YouTube’s audience to guage and virally grow popularity.
–Actually shows that just about anybody these days can create entertainment.
–Makes one ask why a big network is even necessary for a project like this.