If your life were a television show what kind of show would it be? Who are the characters?
If someone had the crazy notion to create a television show based on my life, I suppose it would have to be a weekly drama of some kind. All the right elements are already there. You’ve got your main character, a guy, who grew up in a dysfunctional family in small town Tennessee. He met and married Renee, the only girl he’s ever cared enough to kiss, and together they ran away to “the big city” – Atlanta, Georgia.
There’s plenty of built-in back story, what with all of the family history, it would be enough to give the show plenty of story arcs to explore. Mom and Dad are serving life sentences in prison for various crimes, including abuse and rape, and said guy is dealing with the aftermath of his childhood, which includes having lived in multiple foster homes, memory loss, and one crazy story that ends with him leaping from a burning building.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid it would be doomed from the start. First of all, I don’t think anyone would buy the plot line, sometimes even I have a hard time believing all of it, and I was there when it happened. But let’s just say the show gains a small following and gets picked up for a season or two. The real question is where would those handful of episodes air? My family story would never make it as an ABC Family drama. It doesn’t fit in with the classy/dysfunctional genre they have going on. More often than not, my story played out on the other side of town, prompting me to think that maybe our show would do better on the Fox network. The only problem is that their so knee-deep in the drama/comedy hybrid as well as incorporating the music scene into their shows, that I am afraid that “My Life: The Drama” would soon be retooled as “My Life: The Comedy”. Or better yet- “My Life: The Musical” (ala Glee).
Music… That would really light up those prison scenes. Now there’s a show for you.
Peter Combs is a 28 year old husband, writer and former foster child. He currently lives with his wife, Renee, in Atlanta, Georgia. Peter is the author of the blog Home.