Time Now for a, erm, Spunky Christmas Song

2 cool kids from the LET'S GET SPUNKY pilot episode
2 cool kids from the LET’S GET SPUNKY pilot episode

“Let’s Get Spunky!” is a demented spoof of all things classic television. It takes the nuclear family genre of the late 50’s/early 60’s and turns over its apple cart to play both with absurdity (Monty Python takes over Mayberry) as well as context, the way in which the golden age is portrayed versus how it actually was behind the wholesome image.

One way to describe it is to say that animated shows like “The Simpsons” took the nuclear family comedy forward and freed it to the absurd through animation, allowing the content to flourish without the boundaries of single camera sets and real actors. “Spunky” attempts to take it back again into the period context and use that as its reference to expound upon the absurd.

Robert Glenn Plotnick, SPUNKY’S creator, has decided to go all Christmas on our butts this year, resulting in one of the wildest NSFW Christmas song parodies we’ve seen in a long time. And, fortunately for all of us, also one of the best. Here’s what RGP has to say about his latest brainchild:

Part of the feedback I received from TVWriter’s People’s Pilot script competition (a “Spunky” script placed 2nd in its category) was that the series would benefit from aggressive viral marketing. Thus, with the holidays ahead, the idea was born to take a sketch from a proposed Christmas episode and get it ready for the ‘internets of hope’ by the beginning of December.

It was a tall order in that it meant writing, recording, casting, shooting, and editing an entire production within a month’s time. The result of that manic-depressive rush was “My Daddy’s Elf,” the story of young Spunky awakening on Christmas Eve believing that he hears Santa downstairs only to discover his father’s fetish of getting a lap dance from an elf as his own peculiar holiday tradition.

Of course, that horrifying scenario could only be rescued by the ghost of fat Elvis.

At least that’s how it transpires in Spunkyville.

More from the Spunkyverse – including full episodes – HERE.

2013 PEOPLE’S PILOT Winners

22nd People’s Pilot Winners

For contest ending June 1, 2013

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ONE-HOUR SHOWS

WINNERS

First Prize–LAWMAN by Robin Russin & Greg Klein

Second Prize–IN THE CUT by William Maurer

Third Prize–FRIENDS OF DOROTHY by Giorgis Despotakis

 Runners-Up:

 1st Runner-Up–RAT CITY by Robert Herold

2nd Runner-Up–GRINGOS by Rogers Turrentine

HALF-HOUR SHOWS

WINNERS

First Prize–AD GAME by Greg Wayne

Second Prize–LET’S GET SPUNKEY: WISE GUYS FINISH LAST by Robert Glenn Plotner

Third Prize–BOBBY BOTELLI, GM by Edwin Daniel Beach

 Runners-Up:

 1st Runner-Up–MISSION MARS by Andrea Schwartz

2nd Runner-Up–UNDERWORLD by Justin Cloyd

Congratulations, congratulations, and more congratulations. This stuff was dynamite.

For awhile there, we were worried that we’d never have a decision. The level of writing was so high that the judges didn’t settle on the finishing order until literally the last minute – Wednesday afternoon.

This is the first time TVWriter™ has divided the People’s Pilot into two divisions, but considering the all-around excellence it definitely was the thing to do. No way could anyone have decided between, say, LAWMAN and AD GAME as an overall winner. They’re both winners in every sense of the word.

Next week we’ll be announcing the equally impressive Spec Scriptacular Winners, and the following week Winners of both categories will be contacted regarding your prizes and LB will post his thoughts on what this running of the TVWriter™ writing competitions means to entrants regardless of their placings, the television industry as a whole, and to him.

At that point we’ll also update everybody on the state of the Feedback. In fact, if things go according to plan, LB will be well into the process of sending it out. (Pray for the plan.)

Again, congratulations to the Winners and everybody who entered this time around. You’re the best!

You Don’t Need to be Rich to Develop Your Own Series

Robert Glenn Plotner, one of LB’s students, has been working like a sonufabitch on his own lilve-action self-created TV/web series, LET’S GET SPUNKY!

How’s it going? Hey, glad you asked. Here’s what RGP has to say:

 “Let’s Get Spunky!” is a twisted spoof of classic television that combines both a reverence for the early TV years and a love of smartly demented humor.

The germ for Spunky came from “Unquote,” a literary piece I wrote for my then webzine “Seriously Disturbed Humor.” One of the made-up quotes attributed to various celebrities, politicians, and historical figures in “Unquote” was a line from a purportedly lost “Leave It To Beaver” episode, “The Beav’ and the Bikers” in which a psychotic Eddie Haskell threatens to teach Theodore the real meaning of the word ‘Beaver.’

The key insight was that it would be hilarious to play with the modern (sometimes political) nostalgia for an imagined America that never really existed within the context of a classic TV series, especially one in which the very meanings of words changed in relation to the present.

I wrote down the seed thought, put it in my idea file, and only took it out after years of frustration and near misses. I had determined to find the one project that excited me the most, a show I would love if I discovered it on television, and self-produce it as a test pilot.

That’s the brief history of how the little orphan pilot with a whole of Spunk set out to conquer the world and find himself a home — preferably on a cable network with a bold taste for original comedy. Hopefully there’s more of that plot to be written so that Spunky doesn’t end up sniveling under an overpass and getting befriended by “Breaking Bad.”

The sizzle reel is above, and here’s the full pilot, which all of us at TVWriter™ – especially munchman – truly enjoyed:

Robert says he’s eager to know your responses. He may even mean it. So fire – gently – when ready via Comments below.