Thursday, September 8, 2011
Syfy, since nearly everyone in creation is getting a stab at a show on your channel, let me give you one that will be what the viewers really want to see, not too expensive, really engaging.
What you've been doing wrong with all the loser shows is that you aren't character driven. We see people doing paranormal stuff, but we see no one evolving because of it. You want to appeal to the "Biggest Loser" "Amazing Race" and "Ghost Hunters" people all at one time.
So, here's my show concept I'm pitching:
You get this crazy redhead who is enthusiastic, funny, perky and very good at counseling people through paranormal experiences. She has a sense of adventure and a true love of meeting new people.
You take this said redhead on the road. She randomly picks out Mr. Suburban homeowner or city apartment dweller and knocks on his door and says, "Hey, you want to go on a paranormal adventure without any knowledge of what or where?" These are people with perhaps no interest in the field or exposure. Is he up for a challenge and disruption from his daily life?
When the person agrees, they pack up and fly together to a location. They discuss his life and experience with the paranormal and gain insight into his ongoing issues at home, his life challenges, things he's overcome. Those struggles and strengths will help them when the redhead takes him perhaps hunting Bigfoot with a team in the Northwest, staying the night in a haunted castle while trying to raise the dead, or looking for the Jersey Devil in the Pine Barrens.
Through laughter and coach counseling, the redhead gets the participant to face his scariest challenge alone, comparing it to other life challenges, and then on the way home, discuss how it changed his life and what he intends to change in his own life henceforth. Perhaps, after a truly unexplained encounter, Mr. Suburbs might even decide to change the paranormal in search of answers.
This is about facing your greatest fears of the unknown and then applying it to your life. This is the basis of my book "Was That a Ghost?"
Okay Syfy, tell me that doesn't totally curl your toes? I know my savvy readers will say it does!
at 4:10 PM