If you know me, you know that I enjoy playing bar trivia, and have done so for many years. I blog about the wins and the losses, I blog about the good times and the rough times.
So I was mildly surprised to see that. according to TV Guide, NBC is actually starting work on a half-hour sitcom called Pub Quiz, a comedy about twenty-somethings that get together once a week to play team trivia at their local eatery.
So basically it’s a melange of Cheers and Mixology and The League, right?
Now this has a lot of potential. There’s plenty of stories that can be told about bar and tavern trivia games. There’s some comedic events, there’s some drama, and it’s all fun and games until someone gets caught with a cell phone or with a map of South America.
But I digress…
I really hope they don’t with the same common trivia names on this show. You know – “That’s What She Said,” or “My Couch Pulls Out,” for example.
And right now, I know that some of my team-trivia friends are rubbing their hands together, hoping to come up with some super-snarky comment.
Here’s what I say.
Hey, NBC – don’t waste your money on hiring “twenty-something” actors to play in this series. I’ve got a better solution for you. Bring your cameras to the Capital District. Follow six different local trivia teams as their members play in local bar and tavern trivia competitions – you know, as a reality series. You could have some way-cool opening credits with the individual teammates all standing in front of their local bar, a la every single Discovery Channel Alaskan reality series. We could all get way-cool theme music – maybe someone can license that old synthesizer music from the Goodson-Todman game shows of the 1970’s, ‘frinstance.
You could have a blast with this. Follow the behind-the-scenes lifestyles of bar trivia players, what drives them to compete every week, their highs and their lows, their triumphs and their collapses. This could be fun. And have the season finale be these teams all competing in Trivia Bowl.
See, it wouldn’t just be about which team got the answers right or wrong. You could talk about their backstories. What do these players do for the rest of the week? Do these teams hang out with each other when there ISN’T a trivia game? Are there married couples who break up? Are there singles who get married? And what about players who jump to other teams because of an in-squad dispute?
As I said, this would make a great television show. I just don’t think it would work as a sitcom. It should be a reality TV series.
So here’s the deal, NBC. You need to contact the following teams to be a part of this little broadcast. Get a hold of Send It In Jerome, Tres Hombres, A Few Cards Short of a Deck, Woo Hoo a Go Go, Prestige Worldwide and Street Academy. Maybe even the Skidmarks, if they’re still around. Have everybody sign some waivers and the like. Get the hosts from Trivia Nights Live to participate.
Do this and you’ll have a great television show.
What do you think? I smell ratings!! 🙂