Title Agin’ Cajuns
Pitch The Golden Girls meets Swamp People: all the laughs, drama, and WTFs of a retirement home in Cajun country.
Tagline ”Where the bayou plays bingo”
TLC Verdict: Develop ”This is fun, and if you want to take it to the next level, there are some things we could play with — like an upstairs-downstairs thing, where the young employees are catering to the older folks,” Flynn says. Savitsky explains further: ”There’s a great battle of the generations that could take place there. For the network, it would be helpful to infuse the cast with some younger folks.”
Pitch A weekly prom-com that documents a high schooler’s elaborate plan to ask his/her sweetheart to the big dance.
Tagline ”Go big or go stag”
TLC Verdict: Redevelop ”We think this is really fun,” Flynn says, ”but it skews a little too young for TLC.” Adds Savitsky: ”The only kernel that I could see for a TLC approach would be if you had the moms instead of the young men as the characters on the show. [The moms] would work as kind of pseudo-event planners, feeding them the lines and the to-dos and how-tos. It would be really funny and ridiculous that way, and then it would also have a female avatar for our older female audience.”
Title Texas Taxidermy
Pitch An inside look at the taxidermy trade in the Lone Star State.
Tagline ”Shut the stuff up”
TLC Verdict: Pass Explains Savitsky: ”It doesn’t seem to matter what network does it or what state it’s in, the audience has said ‘Stuff it’ when it comes to taxidermy. It’s been tried in Alaska and I think in Texas, but it doesn’t matter who or where — no one watches it. Like, you couldn’t even do a Duck Dynasty with it, where you have such fun characters, it would elevate the whole show.”
Title Guerrilla Gardeners
Pitch The real-life exploits of hobbyists who sneakily grow plants and landscape neglected corners of their town.
Tagline ”Black ops with green thumbs”
TLC Verdict: Pass ”Honestly, one of the toughest spaces on TV is anything outdoors,” Flynn says. ”But it would be fun as a branded entertainment spot on a home-and-gardening network.” Savitsky agrees: ”Definitely a fun, noisy piece for a nuts-and-bolts gardening show.”
Title Mennonite Men
Pitch Follows a group of excommunicated gay Mennonites sharing a house and sowing their wild oats in Miami Beach’s South Beach neighborhood.
Tagline ”It’s raining Mennonites”
TLC Verdict: Pass ”Any show that has a cast without women in it is going to be a very hard sell for TLC,” Savitsky says, and Flynn suggests pitching the idea to ”a network that’s younger, male, and caters more to an LGBT audience.”