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NBC Crowdsources Sitcom Ideas

NBC looks to its fans to provide the network's next smash-hit sitcom

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If you’ve ever watched a disappointing TV sitcom and thought, “I could make a better show than that,” it’s time to put up or shut up.

NBC’s new website NBCComedyPlayground.com allows aspiring TV producers to upload their best videos in hopes of getting their show on network television. Ten finalists will get funding to film a pilot in 2015 and two winners will have their pilots become series some time in 2016. NBC is willing to farm out its creative process after new, heavily touted shows flopped and critically acclaimed fan favorites, like Community, brought in middling ratings. “There are hilarious people making videos on their computers all day and night. It’s time to bring those people into network television,” NBC Entertainment President Julia Salk said.

When there’s nothing on TV in the future, there will be no one to blame but us.

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