It’s unlikely that one day a Hollywood producer is going to come knocking on my door and asking — no, begging — for my input on their hit series. But, that doesn’t stop me from watching all my fave shows with a bit of a critical eye and wondering how I could make a good thing even better…
The problem: Remember when Puck, Brittany and Mercedes actually had plot lines of their very own and it wasn’t just all about Rachel and Kurt? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Finchel and Porcelain, but the reason Glee is so awesome is because no matter what you’re going through, there seems to be a character who can feel your pain! But now the outlandish issues facing these “ordinary” teens — a too-famous older brother, high school marriage, life in a wheelchair — don’t feel all that relatable. Do you agree?
The solution: Mix up the plot lines and make them a bit more down-to-earth. We don’t need to see outlandish catastrophes to be entertained. One of the best episodes was when Rachel struggled with feeling lame because she didn’t drink — totally been there myself!
The problem: After a few seasons of this hit MTV show, it’s getting unbearably painful to watch these girls make the same mistakes as the last crop of knocked-up high schoolers. Don’t you just want to scream “YOUR BOYFRIEND IS A DOUCHE! HE’S GOING TO DITCH YOU”?
The solution: Mix in a dating or self esteem expert like Dr. Drew, Steve from Tough Love or heck, even Dr. Phil. Enough trainwreck TV — let’s help these girls help themselves for once!
The problem: I’ll admit that half the time when I’m watching GG I’m not even paying attention to the plot — I’m totally focused and drooling on their incredible outfits! A few times I’ve tried to take notes on what Serena and Blair were wearing, hoping to recreate it later, but there are simply too many stellar styles to jot down in one hour!
The solution: Take a cue from Fashion Star and make some of the styles — or at least their less-expensive equivalent — available to purchase the next day. Because every girl should have a closet like a Van der Woodsen… XOXO.
The problem: At first the curvy reality clan were oh-so-fresh and funny, but now their “problems” seem incredibly contrived. I mean, did any of us actually believe Kendall was going to fly to Vegas to get a tattoo? Pfft, come on. Since Kimmy’s divorce dramz, their empire seems to be dwindling as people start to wonder if any of their antics are real.
The solution: Put them in situations that even Kris Jenner can’t control. Think The Hunger Games — minus the death. Viewers could vote to drop the famous fam in the middle of a rainforest, or perhaps a small town in Wyoming. Can you picture Kim and company’s reaction if they were — gasp! — without their makeup artists for more than 20 minutes?
The problem: I realize that the New York musical theater scene isn’t exactly stuffed to the gills with hot straight boys, but come on, Ivy and Karen need some hot boys to drool — and fight — over! And no, Jack Davenport most certainly does not count.
The solution: Turn Smash into a Glee sort of show by creating guest roles for foxy, musically inclined celebs like Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan and any other male celeb who can carry a tune!
How would you update these shows — or are they oh-so-perf just as they are? Are there any other series that desperately need a revamp?