AMERICA'S NEXT CULT LEADER
FORMAT: Half-Hour Competition | Spoof Reality TV | Streaming
GENRE: Parody Comedy
COMPS: SURVIVOR meets REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD
Which is the best cult? Six wannabe cult leaders must show off their physical prowess, mental fortitude, and… charm, to gain followers and win thirteen-million-dollars… worth of prizes.
My sister and I bond over cult documentaries. For us, the psychology of escaping a cult is as interesting as the mindset of the people who start a pyramid scheme. And why wouldn't America make a making-of series (but ya know, fake, because that's less ethically questionable).
EVERYTHING HALLMARK TAUGHT ME WAS A LIE
FORMAT: Half-Hour for streaming
COMPS: DON'T TRUST THE B IN APT 23 meets a queer NEW GIRL
A self-absorbed pastry chef, tired of her mundane small-town, suddenly drops everything to pursue her dream of leading a fabulous big-city life including fancy nights out, finding her tribe, and exploring her bisexuality, but things do not go as planned.
In college, I had this long-time friend who was obsessed with Rom-Coms. She wished her life was like the movies, in a constantly annoying way, and I thought it would be fun to put this type of person into a Reverse Hallmark style show.
YOUR EXTROVERTED SUPPORT HUMAN
FORMAT: One-Hour Procedural for streaming
COMPS: PSYCH meets 2 BROKE GIRLS
Unsure of her own life path, an extroverted pansexual uses her natural skills to help introverts and neurodivergent folx accomplish their dreams… or to complete simple tasks, depending on the day.
One year at Austin Film Festival, my sister and I sat down for a break. She noticed I felt overwhelmed and said, "Don't worry, I've got you, I'm your Extroverted Support Human." We looked at each other and said, "Yes! That needs to be a thing!"