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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

If the Occupy Movement Occupied Your TV

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The Occupy movement has generated some exciting and downright scary moments in American society. From the heartwarming camaraderie shown by demonstrators in New York City to the Tiananmen Square like scenes in Oakland, the movement is brimming with stories and fables. So we took inspiration from current events to spawn TV programs that might resonate with the Occupy generation. Forget the politically incognizant shows like Gossip Girl, Glee, or The Real Housewives. Here are some ideas for OWS-based entertainment that genuinely touch on issues faced by this nation:

  • Ian Wang

BART 911

What goes through the mind of a BART cop when faced with fare-cheaters and agitated protesters? How does an officer decide between civility and strong-arm tactics while operating on such limited geographic terrain -- where one misstep can mean kissing an oncoming train and leaving work that day in a zipped-up bag? These questions are answered in a new reality series BART 911 -- a penetrating exposé that takes a hard look at the endurance and tolerance among members of a misunderstood and despised public transit law enforcement agency.

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Extreme Home Makeover, Riches to Rags Edition

This show documents how the despairing 1 percent -- fearing the wrath of the 99 percent on their ludicrously extravagant lifestyle -- downsize their stupendously gorgeous estates so they can appear modest without losing touch with their inner opulence. Real-life characters include furloughed NBA stars, oil-industry moguls, bank CEOs, the Kardashians, and corrupt ex-government ministers from China.

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  • Ian Wang

Criminal Minds-SPAU (Special Political Assassination Unit)

There's been a string of murders, of billionaires as well as demonstrators. A special homicide team is formed, compiled of experts in forensics, narcotics, and homeland security. It's led by the surprising choice of a political psychologist. The serial killer is on the loose, hellbent on provoking bloody class warfare, and the team must work to stop him before Wall Street turns into Fallujah.

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