Yeah, so, like in a recent series of blogs, I took you, dear reader, through the process of creating a sitcom out of nothing.* If you read along at home, you may recall there was a scene in Cheeseheads which involved one of the characters "gifting" her sister-in-law with a Hermes silk scarf (an Hermes silk scarf?). The gift recipient shows it to her husband who notices the price-tag and its exorbitant digits. He then expresses his sheer disbelief re: the price.
And just like that, I have to ask...is this a coincidence?
I also have to ask, if it's not; what is the probability that this similarity between two sitcom scripts could be so incredibly similar? I mean, we're talking about not just the prices of Hermes products; but in the context of gift-giving.
I mean, okay, I get it. Two TV shows might (and often do) have extremely similar plot points. Just watch a block of ABC sitcoms and you'll see. But again, I must ask, what are the odds of a TV show that's on the air and a TV show that's still on the page would both have scenes revolving around Hermes products? I have mentioned before that I loathe "product placement." But in writing the character of Taft Schmidt, I wanted to show that she has extremely high-end taste and has the money to acquire it. I could've made up fake luxury brands (which is fun! How about The House of Arivvaducci?). But I wanted to make her luxury life-style more "real" so I chose a real brand. I also, in the interests of fair play (or not wanting to seem that I was endorsing Hermes (more on that later) mention several other deluxe brand names in the pilot. I mean, it's touchy, right? If you want realism, you need to mention "real" things in your script. Neiman Marcus, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Fendi and Hermes are all "real" things. Things many of us long to (and do) acquire. But that's rather beside the point.
We're not really talking about high-end designer brands here (but we are). We're talking about how and why my sitcom script and an episode of a successful CBS sitcom both have Hermes references? Can you infer what I'm implying?
Maybe I'm crazy and this is just a random coincidence. Maybe.
By the way, did you know why the Hermes "Birkin" bag is called a "Birkin" bag? Well, I'll tell ya.
Yep. December 21. She recently had a stroke. I'll say a prayer tonight.
And then this happened...
God help us. That show has to be the first "slit-com"; as in, slit your wrists. Why does every last character on that show have to be so grindingly pessimistic or annoyingly sanctimonious. We get it, Connors: you're poor. You don't have to remind us every ten seconds.
Which brings us to Home Economics, which I've been following from the start. I grow to like it more and more with each episode. The cast chemistry is really starting to click. The show has a heart. Which was why I was a little disheartened myself as I watched tonight's episode: Season 2, Episode 9 "Secret Santa Gift, $25 Limit."
That title tells you pretty much all you need to know. But here's the thing: the major plot point revolved around a luxury gift. A very expensive luxury gift. A very expensive luxury gift of a ladies handbag. A very expensive luxury gift of a ladies handbag that clearly was a stand-in for a Hermes Birkin bag. Go ahead. Tell me I'm wrong. There it is in the above photo. Clearly Disney didn't want to give Hermes free advertising. Disney wants their scratch up front.
But Chris, you say, Chris, Chris, Chris...you poor little dunderhead. You sad, envious, mistaken little numbskull. That's called a coincidence. Don't you remember when Turner and Hooch and K-9 came out at the same time?
Yes, little voice in my head. Yes I do.
But I don't care.
I knew that putting that up in a public forum might do some "inspiring." I just didn't think it would happen that fast. That is, if it's happened.
Because, there is every chance that this "luxury gift" story thread is just floating through the zeitgeist right now.
So, I am asking anyone out there who is a sitcom writer and may have been inspired by my script or knows another sitcom writer who may have been inspired. Send me a sign. I just need to know for my own mental health. You can just send an image to my phone. Text me. Text me at 540-520-1974. Text it from a burner phone. Email it from a library computer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Text me a picture of a Goblin shark (or the weird fish of your choice). If I receive an anonymous picture of a Goblin shark or some other weird fish, I will know you read this and had the kindheartedness to help soothe my feverish brow.
Speaking of chests...when did Topher Grace get so hot? Where was I? He had a shirtless scene on his show tonight. You got it going on, Toph! Also, I think you've finally found the perfect role for yourself. I kind of hated That 70's Show (I can't even "hate watch" the reruns). You've got a new fan! I hope the show has a long and happy run. I'll say a prayer tonight.
*Anyone Can Make a Sitcom! Parts 1-3