For those of us who need to know which books are in Demi Moore’s kindle, what Martha Stewart’s French bulldogs ate for lunch or get L.A. Dodgers updates from Alyssa Milano – you’ll be happy to know Twitter is making its way from the computer screen to the TV screen.
Yes, you read that correctly. In what appears to be at the top of the list of bad ideas for television programming, live-action Twitter is coming to your living rooms.
According to the AP, “Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody’s doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series. The social-networking site has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the popular site, which invites 140-character postings from members around the world."
"The show would harness Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format," the show’s producers announced Monday.
"Right now, Twitter is an incredible technological and cultural phenomenon," said executive producer Amy Ephron, who created the TV show and took it to Twitter. The producers call their proposed series the first to bring the immediacy of Twitter to the TV screen.
This might seem like an excuse to stalk celebrities via their Twitter accounts and hunt them like wild tweasts (see what I did there, that’s Twitter-speak y’all) — except only celebrities who sign up to participate are included.
Still, the only reason this looks remotely engaging is that Ephron’s name is attached to it. She’s a frequent contributor to the LA Times, National Lampoon and the Huffington Post, so my interest is piqued. Still, I don’t have high hopes.
Would you want to watch a show like this? Am I too busy getting my retweets in a bunch?