Feb. 6th, 2008

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Shirley Jones' appearance on Days Of Our Lives this week reminded me of one of those great forgotten moments in development meetings. It's 1974. You're Joe Barbera of the Hanna-Barbera animation empire. You walk into a meeting with CBS, with storyboards and concept art for an updated version of your classic 60s series The Jetsons. Like Pebbles and Bam-Bam, Elroy and Judy are now happenin' teens rockin' out in 70s-style bellbottoms with 70s-style freaky alien friends and superfun 70s-style good-timin' di-lemmas.

"Brilliant," says the network development guy. "Gosh, I just love what you do. I want to be in the Joe Barbera business! We are saying yes to your brilliant idea to revive the Jetsons. We're giving you a full season order and a choice time slot. I smell a hit! Thanks for coming in, Joe. Oh, one small note--we're gonna need you to completely get rid of all the Jetsons and replace them with..."
hilarity ensues )

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