'$#*! My Dad Says' was the first TV series born from Twitter. Will there be more?
"$#*! My Dad Says" is not the most revolutionary television series in sitcom history, but it is the first born from a Twitter feed. And industry folks say the project has triggered a wave of interest in Twitter as a possible spawning ground for TV ideas. Networks are now regularly hearing pitches from writers using tweets as a way to show off, and CBS apparently has several tweet-based shows in development.
"To get a book published or to create a stand-up comedy career takes years and you have to get past a number of gates to get there. On Twitter, you can just appear," says William Morris Endeavor agent Lauren Whitney. "It's a way to put your voice out in the world and see if anyone responds." And it takes even less commitment than a blog.
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Photo: Justin Halpern, creator of "$#*! My Dad Says." Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times