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CBS to Develop Series Based on Popular Twitter Account

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 10th 2009 1:04PM
David KohanFor Justin Halpern, a guy who just a few months ago was unemployed and living with his 73-year-old father, Twitter has been a gold mine.

After selling a book based on his popular Twitter feed, 'Sh*t My Dad Says,' to Harper Collins last month, CBS is now getting into the 'Dad' game by developing it into a series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

On his Twitter account, Halpern simply posts choice quotes that he heard around the house while he was still unemployed. Immediately, the feed boasted hundreds of thousands of followers, thanks to nuggets like "Son, no one gives a sh*t about all the things your cell phone does. You didn't invent it, you just bought it. Anybody can do that" and "You worry too much. Eat some bacon... What? No, I got no idea if it'll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon."David KohanFor Justin Halpern, a guy who just a few months ago was unemployed and living with his 73-year-old father, Twitter has been a gold mine.

After selling a book based on his popular Twitter feed, 'Sh*t My Dad Says,' to Harper Collins last month, CBS is now getting into the 'Dad' game by developing it into a series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

On his Twitter account, Halpern simply posts choice quotes that he heard around the house while he was still unemployed. Immediately, the feed boasted hundreds of thousands of followers, thanks to nuggets like "Son, no one gives a sh*t about all the things your cell phone does. You didn't invent it, you just bought it. Anybody can do that" and "You worry too much. Eat some bacon... What? No, I got no idea if it'll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon."

Halpern and Patrick Schumacker are set to co-write the mutli-camera comedy, with 'Will & Grace' creators David Kohan (pictured) and Max Mutchnick co-executive producing (they'll also supervise the writing). Should the series get ordered, the name would be changed to a more suitable phrasing for network television.

'Sh*t My Dad Says' is the second web-based entity to land a television development deal. The other is Fox's 'Texts From Last Night,' a multi-camera comedy based on regrettable texts people send after a night of partying.

The concept of an adult male living with his parents isn't exactly a new one for TV -- George Costanza did so on 'Seinfeld' for many episodes -- so the plot(s) will hopefully extend beyond a foul-mouthed old man yelling at his son. Part of the 'Dads' humor lies within the ability to use profanities, so how CBS translates that remains to be seen. It just might not have the same ring.

Here are a few of Inside TV's possible alternative titles:
-- 'Lines My Dad Says'
-- 'Sanford and Son 2.0'
-- 'Dad Tweets'
-- 'How I Met My Father'
-- 'Old Yeller'
-- 'Father Tweets Best'
-- 'The Twitter Show'

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