I’ve just submitted my entry for the FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest. My synopsis:
In a city full of super-heroes, five young people with not-so-great powers and one normal college kid do their best to avoid great responsibility.
I don’t actually expect to win anything, since this is my first time around the block, and I don’t even watch sitcoms (except for How I Met Your Mother. I heart NPH). I basically wrote the Kevin Smith version of a superhero show—i.e., where all the fighting takes place off-screen, or not at all, and it’s pretty much all banter about how ridiculous a world full of metahumans actually would be. (Seriously, who pays for all that property damage?) If I had to pitch it, I’d have to call it “Friends meets The Tick.” And nobody’s going to buy that.
I can’t share the actual script here yet, since by entering the contest I have agreed “not to exhibit, disseminate, produce or broadcast, or authorize any third party to exhibit, disseminate, produce or broadcast, in any manner, media, or format, the script submitted as part of his or her entry (or portions thereof), for a period of one (1) month following the conclusion of the Contest.” But I’ll talk more about it after October 17th.
It was, however, a good writing exercise, and I have a much better feel for how much time and effort it takes me to produce thirty pages. Three revisions in one week is probably nothing by actual TV standards, but now I know I can pound out a new draft in six hours if I need to.