So I’m writing a spec script that is based on an original idea of mine that features a crime solving detective who works part time as a porn star. I felt that I had two major elements that would make the show original. The obvious one is having a main character who is a porn star. I don’t know any show that has or had that. I also wanted the porno aspect to be humorous but also be somewhat realistic in it’s depiction of how men in the industry are treated.
Most people think that being a male pornstar would be a mix of pure awesomeness and insanely well manufactured awesomeness, but from what I’ve read, and heard in behind the scenes interviews, life for the guys in porn can kind of suck ass. Not literally… well yeah literally too I guess.
My other unique aspect of the show would be it’s more accurate depiction of the type of work a real private eye usually does. On most shows, the detectives are either solving a murder, or solving a theft. In truth most detectives are hired to either perform surveillance or research. Surveillance work could be in the form of watching a subject to see if they are faking a work man’s comp claim, cheating on a spouse, or… well that’s mostly it. The research cases are usually contracted to go through public records and verify that information submitted is accurate. A business might hire a PI to do this type of research before hiring a new employee, making a capital investment, taking over another company, etc….
There is also a very large field in the PI world for cyber related investigating. These types of PIs spend their days looking for security holes in a companies IT setup, recovering lost data or encrypted data, and tracing virus and other cyber attacks. I would have thrown some of this in to the stories but they are too complicated and more boring than funny.
With the things mentioned above I felt I had at least a good premise to build a show that was at the very least unique, although I still was a little worried that people would think the funny detective show is too much like Monk, Psych, etc… and that the porno angle would be too similar to Hung.
Then I saw this blog post on one of my favorite websites: http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2010/08/first-trailer-for-fxs-terriers
Terriers from Creator/Executive Producer Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven, Matchstick Men) and Executive Producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), is a comedic drama starring Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve) and Michael Raymond-James (True Blood). It centers on “Hank Dolworth” (Logue), an ex-cop, who partners with his best friend “Britt Pollack” (Raymond-James) in an unlicensed private investigation business. Comedic, edgy, original, a show about high stakes in the face of low expectations, Terriers explores what it’s like in today’s America to be “too small to fail.”
Ok actually the quote is a quote from some place else that was quoted in the blog entry. Whatever, the point is that it is a comedy / dramaedy that has a pair of private detectives doing real private eye work. So that kind of makes my idea seem less unique, but after watching the preview it still looks like these guys will be doing PI work that is more on the high stakes side of things.
Well at least there’s no other show’s on TV that focus on the porn world.
Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson are working with controversial writer James Frey… on a one-hour drama that will use both legit actors and real porn performers. The plot will focus on a giant video company under siege from Internet competitors and a girl from the Midwest whose boyfriend convinces her to move to Los Angeles to become a star.
Frey, who’s writing the pilot, said, “We’re going to make a sprawling epic about the porn business in LA. We’re going to tell the type of stories no one else has told before, and go places no one has gone before.”
Ok that one kind of hurts, especially since it’s going to be on HBO and that’s one of the networks I was going to send my spec script to. Oh well there’s still Starz and Showtime. Maybe I could sell it to AMC if they suddenly decide that increasing FCC fines is a core part of their business model.