Spurred by the record turnout at last November’s elections, TV studios developed at least five pilots for shows that would take place in Washington, D.C. All five were rejected. Suck it, nation’s capital!
“There is such a desire for this subject matter, especially at this time,” said Peter Horton, an executive producer of “Body Politic,” a pilot about a congressional aide that the CW network turned down. “The fact that there were five of these pilots this year, and none of them got on the air, it’s a real missed opportunity.”
For now, the only new shows with District of Columbia addresses are reality shows: last week Bravo announced “The Real Housewives of D.C.,” and next month CW will introduce “Blonde Charity Mafia,” a show about 20-something socialites in the city…
[On rejecting "Body Politic":] CW had only a few holes in its schedule, and it favored a “Melrose Place” remake and shows about vampires and modeling instead.
The article includes a lot of head-scratching over why the shows were rejected, from studios wanting shows with more overseas appeal to the poor quality of the pilots. But the real answer is that D.C. is f-cking boring. It’s duller than paint drying during a filibuster. Politics: boring. The Beltway: boring. The Pentagon: boring. Armies of white floppy-haired douchebags in chinos: boring. Unless I’m punching their teeth out.
What D.C. needs in a TV show is some kind of master puppeteer who can take the political intrigue stuff and intertwine it with the huge swaths of the city that are overwhelmingly black and poor. Get on it, David Simon.
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