After his father goes to jail a naive television executive deliberately produces the worst possible shows in order to drop the ratings and prevent his father’s network from being taken over, but the shows he produces become a huge success and he is made to continue making them.
Maybe it’s not the father in jail who puts the story in motion, but just the menace of taking over. And who wants to take over the network?
Then, I think that you have a clear, ironic, interesting plan (produce the worst possible show). And you don’t need to say “BUT”, because in good movies you never have what you’re supposed to get. I think about “Brewster’s Millions” where a man needs to spend a million in a month to have acces to a multi-millions heritage, obviously it wouldn’t be so easy. He invests in the worst possible baseball team… BUT…
“When the family’s network risks to be taken over by a corporation, a naive television executive must produce the worst possible show to drop the ratings, only to find the audience is hard to disappoint”.
But maybe I don’t get your story right. The question is: the plan stay the same (produce the worst possible show, but the audience like it) or the plan change (he must continue to produce the show but it’s not easy to do it when you’re forced to).
I would go for a story where the producer try in each episode to do the worst, sure that it would be a disaster, but the plan always fail at the end.
I have to agree with the previous comment. The jail aspect doesn’t move the story along and doesn’t have a good connection to the stations take over.
Plus I found the word “naive” confusing. He has come up with an elaborate plan which bumps into the naive description.
I like the concept, at the moment I am seeing it as a love child of “Major League” and “The Producers”.
Thanks for the ideas guys.
How about this as an update:
When an evil corporation threatens to buy out his father’s television network, an executive deliberately produces the worst shows to drop the ratings and prevent the take over. But the new shows rate through the roof.