The Full Treatment

Is TV ready for the Web?

Scenic backdrop opportunities are abundant (the Golden Gate Bridge, trendy cafes, hip workplaces decorated with posters of superstar CEOs), as are the recurring comic themes: Taylor can't keep a job, Mitch never changes out of his coffee-stained Nintendo T-shirt, Karen constantly misplaces her horn-rimmed glasses.

In the long run, a bittersweet, unconsummated romantic attraction might develop between Bryce and Sky. Meanwhile, Karen could secretly lust after Bryce, while the other boys drool over Sky -- or for that matter, any woman who'll pay attention to them. Recurring minor characters would add color: Charles, the flamboyantly gay waiter, and Kinshasa, who dreams of starting his own company called Afronline!

Special episodes could have the boys stranded at a software convention in West L.A., or find the girls visiting a snooty designer clothing showroom in New York. And looking ahead to cross-promotional opportunities, Neal might guest-star on an episode of Suddenly Susan as Brooke Shields' blind date.

To sum up, the show will be a hilarious but tender look at a slice of the population many of your viewers find simultaneously unfamiliar and, paradoxically, easy to identify with. After all, don't we all dream of being young, sleeping late, spending the majority of our working days cracking jokes, and living in trendy apartments? Don't most of us dream of surfing the Web for money, or being paid to create computer games about Nazi aliens? In short, doesn't everyone secretly desire to be a geek?

And would you really rather Fox get first crack?


Steve Boland

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