Comedy Central Turns Twitter Feed @DadBoner Into TV Show
Popular social media character DadBoner to become cable animated series
With everyone in the cable animation business bracing to find out what the impending first time ever arrival of The Simpsons as a regular competitor for audience does to the ratings landscape, Comedy Central thinks they've found the next big cartoon hit... on Twitter.
The cable giant, which currently boasts South Park and reruns of Futurama in its animation stable, has ordered a pilot based on the popular Twitter feed @DadBoner. The feed, which has over 148,000 followers, recounts in first-person the exploits of Karl Welzein, a (fictional) divorced middle-aged man who loves beer, classic-rock and remaining unfailingly optimistic despite living out of his car. "Karl" has already spun the feed off into a book: Power Moves: Livin' the American Dream USA Style.
The brainchild of L.A. comedian Mike Burns (who originally remained anonymous until being outed by an article at Deadspin), @DadBoner will not be the first Twitter feed adapted to the sitcom format: In 2010, CBS made headlines by developing a similar project based on $#*! My Dad Says as a vehicle for William Shatner. The resulting series was widely panned, and canceled after 13 episodes.
Alright, after this and the Hadfield based tv show, they will officially make a show out of anything these days..... does that mean a Polandball tv show is on the way? Because I'd be all over that.
I don't see how this show could possibly be good. Sorry, but I just don't.
We know how well the last attempt to turn a twitter feed into a tv show went, don't we?
In 2010, CBS made headlines by developing a similar project based on $#*! My Dad Says as a vehicle for William Shatner. The resulting series was widely panned, and canceled after 13 episodes.
Ah, yes. That thing. An intelligent person would have surmised that network television is not a good outlet for a series whose very title cannot be legally said on the air. But such a person also would not be working at CBS. :smugface:
This, on the other hand, could potentially work. Assuming they won't end up being bound by the same restriction (you can definitely say "boner" on Comedy Central, but magazines and TV listings might be reluctant to print it), this is at least already a fictional character created by an actual professional comedian.
This will probably be just as shit as shit my dad says was, but without the Shatner.