Sometimes, you can read up the script idea of a new TV show and pretty declare it gone after eight episodes. The newest pitch accepted by ABC? Founding Fathers.
It's this modern day story about Sarge, who has done three tours in Afghanistan, and finally returned home to his town in Texas....to find it mostly run by a Texas militia group....friendly and community-minded of course, but extremist in nature.
You can predict the one-hour scripts for the show. Karl shows off his twenty-five gun assault rifle collection and mentions they might be necessary one day. A bunch of guys recite to Constitution on Friday nights at the local bar. Several women have set high standards and will only date true Conservative men. The liberal teacher gets run out of town.
For some reason, I'm of the belief that the show will be mostly laughed about after the first episode. A dismal viewing audience comes around for the second and third showing. Around the fifth week....some network guy calls up the production team to tell them halt after ten episodes.
What this means? Well....the network could be at the bottom of the barrel and just not seeing much of a selection for TV scripts. The other possibility is that they start this series in October, and hope that it might whip up some political thoughts before the November election. If you were in the network management team and politically-minded.....I could see some dopes buying off on your suggestion.
In the end.....you end up with a four-star loser of a script, but that's ok.....there's still more ideas out there.