I’m guess that most of us are frantically looking for a new show to tune into once LOST concludes this Sunday night. Well, for us social-media-loving folks can rest easy: ‘Bleep My Dad Says,’ a sitcom based off of Justin Halpern’s Twitter account, has just been picked up by CBS.
Launched just last fall, the Twitter account @ShitMyDadSays has garnered more than 1 million followers. The account is simple; Justin posts the blunt, curse-filled and hilarious things his father says to him. Here are a few examples:
“I’m not sure you can call that roughing it, son… Well, for one, there was a fucking minivan parked forty feet from your sleeping bags.”
“I didn’t say you were ugly. I said your girlfriend is better looking than you, and standing next to her, you look ugly.”
“A parent’s only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed.”
The sitcom will feature non other than William Shatner as the father and the pilot episode includes messages direct from the Twitter account.
This isn’t the first time social media has directly influenced our popular culture. Take Justin Bieber. Last year, he was just another young teenager playing around on YouTube. After posting a series of totally awesome videos of himself singing and dancing to Ne-Yo and Usher songs. Today, the poor kid can’t walk down the street without a mob of teenybopper fans chasing him down and trampling his mother. Even I will admit I have a slight case of Bieber Fever.
I’m guessing the next one to make it big will be Greyson Chance who I wrote about yesterday. His rendition of “Paparazzi” is absolutely incredible.
Pop Culture has taken hold of and launched thousands of trends over the years. Before the Internet, fads were based off of word-of-mouth, which took time to spread. Today, shows like American Idol and digital platforms like Twitter and YouTube incorporate immediate and massive pop culture participation, which launch new celebrities every day. ‘Bleep My Dad Says’ will be, as far as I know, one of the first big budget productions based on a social media meme. For that reason – and the fact that the Twitter account has made me laugh for months now – is why I’ll be tuning in for sure.