The new television season is in full swing. As expected, there are early cancellations that will not reach the full quota of at least 13 episodes. A replacement show is 'The Work Out Gym'. Given economic and production constraints, TWOG, is filmed in an existing real world location, rather than a backlot and filmed in Massachusetts given our liberal tax breaks for movies made in Massachusetts, even though plots have no one killed by anyone with a Southie accent. The show appeals to the economically coveted 20 to 45 male demographic and is one level above what is found on E! and TLC, but not at the level of The History Channel shows on restoring Roy Rodgers toy guns and Dave Crockett raccoon hats.
The characters reflect reality in current work out locations. (In full disclosure, I regularly work out at a place in Chelmsford next to where a long gone department store chain was located.) TWOG cast members represent various groups:
1. Muscle Bound people who could double as NFL running backs. Arms must be larger than average person's thighs. This role requires little talking but hovering about Spanish Inquisition looking machines.
2. YoungTurks. Justin Bieber types. Need to rapidly rush from machine to machine and do only short work outs on the machines. Cannot be on a treadmill for more than 5 minutes at a high speed without leaving the treadmill, and of course having no aerobic effect. Must have the latest iPhone.
3. Over 40s. A new demographic ignored by most media. Perfect roles for the Meg Ryans and Renee Russos of the world who are still a little too young to play someone's mother or father on a sitcom or TNT show. Also applicable to people like Dennis Farina and Sean Hayes who bounce around from show to show. (This increases our general mental health since they will have regular employment and couch potatoes will not have to go crazy thinking where they have saw the person before without resorting to IMDB.) By default, this will include anyone of both sexes who has a hair color not found in nature, for example those affectionately having 'yellow hair' as phrased by my four year old grand daughter.
4. Background cast members, performing 'business' as called in acting circles. The costume will be the standard uniform of the day: black pants, black tank top, white baseball cap, and pony tail pulled out of the back of the baseball hat. These people are frequently descendant from those who wore headband and leg warmers in the early 1980s. Earphones optional.
You are welcomed to provide other ideas for other types, instructors, physical trainers and receptionists when the full season renewal occurs.
Note this economically efficient production has never been on TV and requires no new sets. Best of all it can have guest stars. TWOG could have Paul Ryan talking about his workout and marathon running and Michelle Obama giving nutrition hints for your workout. Imagine the potential: Governor Christie with a personal trainer and Representative Tsongas doing Zumba.
But, most of all, TWOG would have the two most important things needed for a top 20 show: vicarious living through others and most of all, eye candy for all ages.