April 15, 2011
GUANGZHOU, GD (AP) - Area man J Sin's recently announced plan to write a script for a television show based on his experiences as an expat in Guangzhou was hailed by fellow expats as a "great" idea, despite the fact that nobody, GZ expats included, would watch such a show. The show, conceptualized as an "absurdist dramedy" according to its potential creator, would focus on the "zany" lives of 6-12 residents of Guangzhou and their relating of stories to one another whilst drinking, totally ignoring the rampant self-centerdness and cultural hubris necessary to believe that the show would be interesting to any person alive.
Local resident Portugese Manny, 6?, praised the announcement as "something [J Sin] should really do," further characterizing the planned effort as "hilarious." Mr. Manny does not own a television and would almost certainly never see the program were it to be developed, a prospect he acknowledged was "not easy to do." Still though, he added, "if anyone with any talent ever came through this table, we'd have something."
Indeed, similar projects in the past have found little footing in the GZ cultural space. In 2006 Mr. Manny enquired into making such a show by wandering around the studio's campus for roughly an hour. No show from that effort materialized. Later, in 2007 area resident Drew Knownfury, 51, developed a script based on a similar concept. That show, titled "Expats!" ran into the same problems J Sin would likely encounter, including lack of any idea how to write, produce, or direct a television show, the certain D-grade talent to be involved in all aspects of production, television studio's intransigence, and an utter misjudgement of the interest others would have in one own's life.
"I don't think I'm particularly interesting," J Sin admitted before asking for a light. The oft-disheleved man, 24, is looking forward to not-completing his fourth cultural project. Past never-written novels "Your Hero Jacob," a "grimy look at modern America," and "The Gambling Man Travels," a "semi-autobiographical sketch," give the young artist appreciation for the importance of having a good idea, he said, and then having the motivation to not ever write beyond 12 pages.
The planned show is expected to go into production never.