From Twitter to TV Show

Ransom Riggs

OK, they're really reaching now. It was silly enough when they turned a web TV show into a real TV show -- remember Quarterlife, canceled after the first episode? -- but now a new TV show on CBS is being featured with the tagline "Based on the Twitter sensation!" That's right -- a Twitter-to-TV deal.

You may remember the "Twitter sensation," a feed called "Shit My Dad Says," which was, exactly as its title suggested, a 140-character record of salty comments made by the father of the titular Tweeter, a semi-employed comedy writer named Justin Halpern. He had just moved back in with his parents, a rather blunt radiologist at UC San Diego. On Twitter he explained: "I'm 29. I live with my 74-year-old dad. He is awesome. I just write down shit that he says." After being re-Tweeted by a few prominent folk including Rob Corddry and Kristin Bell, Halpern was sifting through book deals. The resulting tome eventually became a bestseller, and a TV deal wasn't far behind.

So if a Twitter feed can become a TV show, what's next? Facebook status updates? Is there a Twitter feed you could see making a movie or a TV show?

If you're really curious, here's a preview of the TV show. I love how CBS makes you watch a commercial before the preview, which is itself basically a commercial. Am I curmudgeonly to complain about such things?