3 Reasons Why Turning Awkward Family Photos Into a TV Show Just Won't Work


A network will be taking yet another online phenomenon and will attempt to turn it into ratings gold. This week The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that ABC plans to make Awkward Family Photos into a TV show. This isn’t the first online property to be snapped up by a television network. CBS recently debuted their show “$#*! My Dad Says,” that was based on a Twitter feed. The William Shatner vehicle was critically slammed but the public, they seem to be loving it. So it looks like we won’t be seeing the last of the online to TV tube transformations. CBS also optioned Shh … Don’t Tell Steve, another Tweeter feed. So why won’t Awkward Family Photos work? The photos are a static medium. These are vintage family memories so the idea of making it into a real show is, well, questionable. Here are three reasons why it just won’t work.

1) As mentioned before, these photos are static. The magic of the photos is that is represents one second, that one snap of the camera, that one moment that very awkward moment that is captured forever. But it’s that they are static that makes them so cool.

2) How will they create a show around them? Will it be a live action comedy or some kind of reality show? If it’s a sitcom, the mind reels at how the storytelling will be developed and executed.

3) It should just be left alone. Now I’m all for some ingenious clever web-star getting some of that big network money, but some things don’t need to be milked for all they are worth. The genius of this site is its’ simplicity. The idea that a picture can speak a thousand words.

The one way the show could work? If it was some kind of documentary ‘where are they now’ type thing. Where the hosts of the show travels across the globe trying to find the subjects of these awkward photos. Who are they? What do they do? What was behind that awkward moment? Now that, that would have potential.

Do you think that doing a show out of Awkward Family Photos is too much of a stretch?

Via: Mom Logic
Photo: Awkward Family Photos

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