Comedy Central Developing ‘Bad Advice From My Brother’
Hot on the heels of the news that Comedy Central had begun development of a TV series based on the popular Funny Or Die shorts 'Drunk History,' the cable network is at it again by putting to speed another show derived from a popular internet phenomenon. But this one might turn out more 'Sh*t My Dad Says' than comedy gold, if not handled carefully.
Deadline TV makes the announcement that Comedy Central has begun development of a half-hour sitcom based on Jordan Pope Roush’s popular 'Bad Advice From My Brother' blog, likely to air some time in the fall of 2012. Interestingly, Roush first developed the concept with intent to market it as a TV series, before his representation suggested that he instead write it a blog to help him develop an audience, find his voice and make the property more marketable in the long run.
The TV series, like the blog, would focus on the adventures of two brothers: older brother Jason, the less-than-wiser brother who spends most of his post-college years chasing women and Wall Street fortune, along with younger brother Ben, a dreamer looking to follow in his footsteps. When Ben moves in with Jason, the elder brother sees this as an opportunity to reflect on his mistakes and steer Ben onto an opposite path, but unfortunately Jason’s advice usually creates more problems than it solves.
Roush originally launched the blog in 2010, under the masthead “For 18 years my brother has given me sh*tty advice, and sometimes I’ve been dumb enough to take it. Now that I’m in college, it’s only getting worse. These are the daily emails and texts he sends me.” For all our sakes, lets just hope 'Bad Advice From My Brother' doesn't turn out anywhere near as terrible as CBS' attempt to adapt 'Sh*t My Dad Says' with William Shatner.
What say you? Are you a fan of Roush's blog? Do you think 'Bad Advice From My Brother' would translate well to a Comedy Central sitcom? Give us your thoughts, or favorite pieces of advice in the comments below!