CBS orders up ‘Genius Bar’ TV comedy pilot

“CBS has committed to shoot a comedy pilot called ‘Genius Bar,’ written by two former producers of ‘That ’70s Show,'” Nellie Andreeva reports for The Hollywood Reporter.

“Based on an idea by consumer marketing expert Krishnan Menon, the project explores the interactions between people who work at a place similar to the Genius Bar at the Apple stores and the cool, hip and beautiful employees at a nearby Abercrombie & Fitch-type store,” Andreeva reports.

Andreeva reports, “The pitch, from writers Josh Sternin and Jeff Ventimilia, drew strong interest from ABC, CBS and NBC and — after some spirited bidding — landed at CBS.”

Full article here.


If they have a “Genius Bar” show inspired by Apple Retail Stores and they end up “selling” Dells and Zunes due to hefty product placement checks from Dull and Mafiasoft, we will…

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Phew! Okay:

Listen, all we have to say (for now) is that they had better be selling Macs and iPods in that store. Apple should do whatever it takes to make sure they are “selling” Apple products in this show (especially in case it’s a hit).

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37 Comments

  1. Listen, all we have to say (for now) is that they had better be selling Macs and iPods in that store. Apple should do whatever it takes to make sure they are “selling” Apple products in this show (especially in case it’s a hit).

    I don’t think thats going to be a big issue. Whenever Hollywood needs a computer for a scene, they more likely than not choose a Mac.

    Its a style issue with them,

    Besides, I don’t think the show will be so much about stupid customer questions, as it will be about the goings on behind the scenes, interspersed with stupid customer questions. It’ll be a platform for all the computer jokes ever written.

    But I could be wrong.

  2. of course this opens up a huge possibility for sterotyping and giving people preconceived ideas about what its like to work and go to a genius bar. than may not fly with Apple if it appears to be negative.

    Then again, if they don’t reference Apple at all, then Apple really can’t do sh1t about it.

  3. I suspect Apple will never let this see the light of day.

    Why not?

    Apple should approach the networks with an ultimatum to the effect of “Either we can beat each other bloody in the courts, or you can have the Genius Bar can be an actual Apple Store, with placed products and prominent Apple logos”.

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  4. Anybody interested in stupid customer questions might like to check out:

    http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/

    To quote the index page:

    “The following is a large collection of stories and anecdotes about clueless computer users. It’s a baffling phenomenon that in today’s society an individual, who might in other circumstances be considered smart and wise, can sit down in front of a computer screen and instantly lose every last shred of common sense he ever possessed. Complicate this phenomenon with a case of “computerphobia,” and you end up with tech support personnel having phone conversations that are funny in retrospect but seem like perfectly valid motives for wild machine gun shooting sprees at the time. You will read stories in this file that will convince you that among the human race are human-shaped artichokes futilely attempting to break the highly regarded social convention that vegetables should not operate electronic equipment. And yet, amidst the vast, surging quantities of stupidity are perfectly excusable technological mishaps — but that are amusing nonetheless. After all, even the best of us engages in a little brainless folly every once in a while.

    Most of these stories are true. Some happened to me personally. Some happened to friends of mine. Some are considered urban legends, but even most of these are more likely to have happened in some form or another than not. Skeptics look at such stories and doubt their truth. But reason, common sense, and experience tell me that if you sit someone who isn’t computer literate (even a smart someone) down in front of a computer, you’re bound to accrue anecdotes no less outrageous than these. You’d be surprised.”

    …in case anybody feels like a laugh.

  5. of course this opens up a huge possibility for sterotyping and giving people preconceived ideas about what its like to work and go to a genius bar. than may not fly with Apple if it appears to be negative.

    Hmm…

    Imagine texbook nerd geeks.
    Or the Seinfeld Soup Nazi.
    Or Steve Jobs wannabe’s in black turtlenecks.

    Then again, the Abercrombie & Fitch-type next door could feature stylish-but-stupid Gen Y Britney sluts. Stereotypes work both ways here…

    You know, forget A&F. There should be a Victoria’s Secret next door! =) But if SJ gets in the middle of things he’ll probably demand a GAP.

  6. Nothing good can from associating Apple or its stores to a sitcom, which odds predict will fail in the first season. Apple should make sure the name is NOT Genious Bar, and their products should not be involved. Let’s face it, with a title like “Genius Bar” you know that the characters are going to be anything but geniuses. Probably more like a cross between “Slackers” and “Clueless”.

  7. First Post Suck

    And a beautiful day to you too idiot.

    You want the forum to be only for people who think just like you? Are you sure? It must be nice to be perfect. If it makes “pzarker” happy to stumble onto first post place how is that taking anything away from your life.

    Grow up, learn to play with others.

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