Have I mentioned my family is like a bad Disney sitcom?! I mentioned this to a family therapist last week and she nearly fell out of her chair laughing. (OK, slight exaggeration) But seriously, if I could talk/con the girls into giving up their privacy and were willing to subject them to public life, we could be rich! I first started thinking about recording how hurtful our sarcasm can be and how my hubby hurts our feelings alot. I was researching nanny cams, then my thoughts morphed.
In an article this past summer, one YouTube exec talked about the need for our storyline, “Much of premium television today is rated TV-MA. And there’s been limited scripted broadcast television over the past 15 years designed for a broader audience,” said Brian Wright, director of original series for family and young-adult programming at Netflix, in an emailed statement. “We are really interested in elevating the YA and family space in TV. If you get it right, you don’t limit yourself to one demo — you can get a broad cross-section of kids, teens and adults.”
YouTube has several family-friendly posts already, most of them are product-review vlogs where kids sample merchandise.
I have no delusions of becoming the next Duggar family, ewww. No offense.
Our storyline would be compelling, hysterical and relatable. Blended family, almost ten years in. Dad, 49, blue collar awkward extrovert with a huge heart. Mom, 39, overly everything, over-analytical, over-critical, over-emotional, and overwhelmed! Son, 27, newly married and out of state, more drama than all the girls. Daughter, 25, for legitimate reasons will always behave like she is 17, with extreme optimism and spurts of random thoughts popping out. The teen girl, 16.75, life is waaaay to serious so everything is an occasion to be pithy. And the baby, 11.99, like literally acts like she is going on 35, but has all the angst of middle school combined with high anxiety already.
The fringe players could be my brother, Army vet overcoming PTSD; the girls’ father celebrating one year sober; mom’s coworkers because ministry work is hilarious and frustrating, or dad’s coworkers since Vitamix is amazing. Or we could go more heartwrenching and talk about why and how we’ve had to overcome some horrible obstacles. Product endorsement seems to pale in comparison.
If there happens to be a launch date, I will keep you posted. In the meantime, I can still subject you all to my family anecdotes and issues. As Tigger from Disney’s Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, would say, “TTFN!” [Ta Ta For Now]