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The Worst TV Premise Ever?

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Okay, that’s an overstatement, and you never know what’s going to work, but this sure sounds terrible for all kinds of different, interlocking reasons:

ABC has added another one to the mix, greenlighting the comedy pilot “Wright vs. Wrong.”

Sitcom, from scribe Stephnie Weir (“Mad TV”), centers on a sexy, female conservative pundit and her staff.

Weir is exec producing along with Tantamount’s Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.

This sounds terrible because:

1) Modern Hollywood stories about politics always devolve into a childish longing for “centrist,” “middle-ground” politics. Even The West Wing wound up creating characters who couldn’t exist in real life — like Alan Alda’s Republican candidate in the final season — to fit the Hollywood belief that the only reason anybody disagrees is because we just don’t sit down and talk things out enough. The number of wishy-washy, can’t-we-all-just-get-along stories offered by this particular premise are almost endless.

2) The wacky punning title, and the fact that the lead character was only named “Wright” so they could make that title. This is a jinx even when the show is good, like The Powers That Be.

3) Mitch Hurwitz is producig, and his name on a show now guarantees failure. Which is not something we would have expected back in the Arrested Development days, but it does seem like that was the best thing he had in him — either that or he’s better at writing a show than producing someone else’s show (or remaking a foreign show, which a lot of his other flops have been).

4) It sounds like a conservative Murphy Brown, and that show doesn’t hold up anyway.

Now just sit back and watch as this terrible, doomed premise becomes next year’s biggest hit. I don’t think it will, but it might. That doesn’t stop me from shuddering a bit at ABC’s taste.

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