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Do you want to watch a sitcom about T.J. Simers?

Jun 11, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT


There’s nothing more pleasant that spending a few minutes reading a T.J. Simers column in which he trolls and issues cheap shots at athletes he doesn’t like. So why not expand that to 30 minutes? From SportsBusinessJournal:

Mandalay Sports Media is developing a TV comedy loosely based on the life of acerbic Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, one of several projects the 15-month-old sports production company has in the pipeline … “The series is about an old-school reporter in a medium that is quickly evaporating and a daughter who is a participant in the new media”

Can’t decide if turning a misanthropic scribe like Simers into some lovable father type will be worse or if the inevitable tone deaf caricature of a “participant in the new media” will be worse. As for the latter, I’m willing to bet there will be a scene in the pilot in which the daughter picks up her laptop to tell her father that, “according to all available data, your opinion is wrong” or some such nonsense.

Either way, we’ve not got TV shows about Colin Cowherd and T.J. Simers in the works. And people say we’re in a new golden age of television.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    The only way this can work is if they cast Jason Alexander as T.J. Simers. Also, one of the kids on The Cosby Show should be in there somewhere.

    Gold. TV gold.

    • RickyB - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      With Mandalay Sports Media, how could they not want the latex salesman from Vandelay Industries?

    • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      If they hire Jason Alexander, then they also need to change their name to Vandalay Sports Media.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Man, I was too slow

    • anthonyverna - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I thought they tried that with “Listen Up.”

  2. baseballici0us - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Who is T.J Simmers? Is that a valid answer to your question?

    On Jun 11, 2013, at 3:39 PM, HardballTalk <> wrote:

  3. pjmitch - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Makes me want to sit down and watch my Leave it Beaver DVDs

  4. shaggylocks - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    This sounds like a show Jack Donaghy would have given the green light to back when he was trying to tank NBC.

    But that was fiction. Truth is so much weirder.

  5. hughhansen - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I feel like 75% of the people I read regularly use the term “troll” with its provocation meaning.

    I’m pretty certain that maybe one person I deal with in the real world would know that meaning of the word.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      On point Hugh. Except…I would say 95% of the people use the word “troll” in the context of provocation. I would also guess the only people who know what the word means are those that blog. I have a buddy who is a troll (in person). Dude is always trying to provoke or otherwise get one over on somebody. I routinely call him a “troll.” As a result, he is the one person I know who does know what it means.

    • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      I have been known to slay a few trolls with my trusty d20. However, on the interwebs, a troll is one who goes trolling for attention and arguments. One wonders if the big green meanies get upset that those A-holes on the interwebs have taken thier name?

  6. amhendrick - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Wasn’t there a show based on Tony Kornheiser? How did it work out?

  7. heyblueyoustink - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I think a dynamic comedy with this idea and his whacky sports blogging neighbor from Ohio, who is a braves fan, and wears glasses, might have some merit.

  8. echech88 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Craig you’re only feeding the troll by posting about this.

    The best thing you can do with trash like Simers is to ignore him and not read it (since you already know it is trash any fan off the street could write). He is an attention whore who’s whole gimmick is dependent on you actually paying attention to his act and getting riled up.

    The show getting publicity of any kind, even questioning who on Earth cares, is only promoting it’s existence and spreading awareness.

    Stop feeding the troll.

  9. ramblingalb - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Only Craig could summarily dismiss a TV show’s quality before not just seeing it…but before a single episode has been written/made.

    • shaggylocks - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      No, I can do it to. Watch:

      You know what would be an awful idea for a television show? A show based on a newspaper sports columnist with a history of godawful columns. That show would be terrible. No, no, I’m not talking about Murray Chass; he’s a blogger. Too new media. That show would be bad too.

      • apmn - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        Well, television is different than reading a newspaper. Television (or “TV”, as the kids like to call it) consists of moving pictures and dialogue. Situational comedies (“sitcoms”) involves comedic responses to unusual or adverse situations. Rarely, if ever, do TV shows simply post an image of a newspaper for the viewer to read. I’m sorry if this is remedial, but it wasn’t clear from your post that you have ever watched TV.

        Therefore, a TV show about a crappy sports columnist could potentially be very entertaining despite what Craig Crankypants would lead you to believe. Consider the show “Seinfeld”, which documents the everyday life of a really terrible stand-up comedian, yet is still considered by many to be one of the best sitcoms of the last two decades.

  10. dowhatifeellike - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    In which circle of hell will it be broadcast? We don’t need more Simers, we need less of him.

  11. davidpom50 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Interesting note about this: Mandalay Sports Mediais owned by Mandalay Entertainment. Mandalay Entertainment is run by CEO Peter Guber…

    Peter Guber is one of the new owners of the Dodgers.

  12. breastfedted - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    The only thing worse would be a sitcom about Craig. How hilarious that Craig, the king of tools, actually thinks he has room to rip other bloggers when he ranks worse than roasted shit on a stick.

    • shaggylocks - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      The only thing worse would be a sitcom about people who comment on blogs run by bloggers they deem “worse than roasted shit on a stick.” I would NOT watch that show. Hell no. Not if you paid me.

      • breastfedted - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        The only thing worse than that would be a sitcom about people who think people who comment on blogs run by bloggers they deem “worse than roasted shit on a stick” actually give a rat’s ass about what they think. Hell no. I’d rather be stuck on an island with only Craig Calcaterra-produced reading material to pass the time.

  13. thicklug - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I wonder who will play the part of F.P. Santangelo?

  14. 4d3fect - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    That’s a really old pic of TJ there. Pretty sure he aged 20 years since his heart attack in Phoenix this spring. Lucky for him the Dodgers saved his bacon.

  15. lostsok - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Great writing a good casting, it could work. Likely the writing will be stale and the casting will be off a B list…so…

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