Thursday, May 05, 2011

Amalgam TV!

So here's an idea that's been bouncing around my head for some time... You guys are no doubt familiar with the Amalgam Comics that DC and Marvel produced some years ago, in which characters from both companies were combined together (such as Superman and Captain America to create Super-Soldier). So I got to thinking recently... what if television shows were amalgamated likewise? There's a few ideas of mine after the jump!

Geeks of a Certain Age
Amalgam of: "The Big Bang Theory" and "Men of a Certain Age"
Concept: An hour-long dramedy about three best friends who are in their late 40s to early 50s who are definite geeks (yes, just like us!).
Characters: One of the men would be the owner of a comic book store, another would be an actor used to star a genre TV show, and the other would be a scientist involved with high-end research. Scott Bakula would play himself, basically.

Monk, M.D.
Amalgam of: "Monk" and "House, M.D."
Concept: What if Monk's obsessive-compulsive disorder was turned, instead of to being a policeman, to being a doctor? Since the death of his wife (who he wasn't able to cure), he's now obsessed with finding the cure for everyone. Of course, being OCD, he picks up on details most people miss... and has a tendency to just blurt it out, no matter how embarrassing it may be.
Characters: Dr. James Stottlemeyer (amalgam of Capt. Stottlemeyer and Dr. Wilson) would be Dr. Greg Monk's best friend, while Natalie and the lieutenant would be amalgamated with some of House's team.

Minute to Lose It
Amalgam of: "The Biggest Loser" and "Minute to Win It"
Concept: People who need to lose weight are pitted against each other in one-minute extreme exercises. At the end of each exercise, they are weighed to see who's lost the most weight, while the competitor who's lost the least weight is eliminated. Naturally, a very sensitive scale would need to be used!

24 Hour Restaurant: Impossible
Amalgam of: Food Network's "24 Hour Restaurant" and "Restaurant Impossible"
Concept: Instead of getting two days to turn a restaurant that's failing around, now there's only one day... and it's not Robert Irvine doing the turnaround, but rather people competing to see who can turn around a restaurant better (yes, that means two restaurants per show).

Land of the Giant Apes
Amalgam of: "Land of the Giants" and "Planet of the Apes"
Concept: The passengers and crew of a suborbital spacecraft find themselves crash-landed on a world populated by giant intelligent apes.

So those are some of my ideas... Any of you have one or more of your own? Let me know in the comments!

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