Sunday, November 23, 2008
This one is for all my adoring fans in the world of scripted television, for all you thousands of TV show writers and producers out there who look to me for inspiration. Whether you work for NBC, CBS, Spike TV, Comedy Central, and even PBS this one is for you.
I have created a TV show born from the smoldering bonfires of past greats such as Kung Fu, Highway To Heaven, Touched By An Angel, and Knight Rider. I have created a show that rides on the wings of a c-130 Hercules transport plane forged from the smelting of thousands of classic tales.
I give you, Chuck Dickens: Illiterate Trucker.
Chuck Dickens: Illiterate Trucker or CDIT for short, is the tale of Chuck Dickens, a long-haul trucker on the road to nowhere. He travels the land helping unfortunate souls solve their larger than life problems with his knowledge of classical literature, while all along, searching for an "ending" to his own story. The irony floweth over the damns and dikes of this epic tale, for though Chuck Dickens knows every twist and turn of every classic tale from Emma to Ivanhoe, he is completely illiterate. He cannot read. Listening to thousands of books on tape has given him the ironic knowledge of classical literature that is both his gift and curse.
Chuck Dickens - 50's - trucker with uncanny knowledge of classical literature
Basker - Chuck Dicken's dog, a faithful Boston Terrier
Claudet - 40's - trucking company dispatcher
Karl Grendelhousen - 50's - trucker and Chuck Dicken's nemesis
I was thinking of having him pick up a teacher named Jim Smith who has given up on life. Maybe Jim could be his sidekick, always learning something from an old, illiterate trucker.
You can rip plot lines directly from thousands of books and short stories, and it is totally fine because that is the premise of the show. Brilliant. You PBS people might be interested in playing up this fact and trying to use the show to encourage people to read.
If you are a writer, producer, or trucker, get to work.
P.S. I subscribed to Ideas By Chuck today. It was so fun and easy.
P.P.S. If you use this idea, and the show is a big hit, I would appreciate a creator credit along with some money.