Awkward Family Photos, the TV show

Awkward-Family-PhotosImage Credit: awkwardfamilyphotos.comABC is turning Awkward Family Photos into a show. Read it again and let it sink in: ABC is turning the website (and subsequent book) Awkward Family Photos into a show. A scripted show! A comedy!

Look, the site is hilarious — and sometimes scary — and I’d probably watch a half-hour of just the photos going by, perhaps with the Ken Burns effect so they seem more “alive.” But how will this translate to a sitcom? Maybe it will be set in the ’80s at a photo developing store in a mall. Think of all the wacky hijinx, etc. Maybe it’ll be an anthology-style series, and each week is a brand new cast with a brand new story, all leading up to the taking of an awkward photo. Or maybe it’ll be about the staff at an Olan Mills type place, who take AFPs all day every day.

I’m just spitballing here, PopWatchers. How would you make a show out of Awkward Family Photos? [Variety]

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  • Laurie

    I wouldn’t.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Wow ABC…you really are scraping the bottom of the barrel aren’t you?

  • Diane

    Did they not learn their leason from Cavemen?

    • Diane

      shoot – lesson.

    • shawshank

      I thought you were misspelling lesion.

  • Elizabeth

    Well, I guess in a day and age where television shows are cancelled after one or two episodes, I’m not really surprised by this.

  • Tcrab

    What’s next ABC….People of Walmart?

    • nodnarb

      “Texts From Last Night” starring Adam Brody coming soon to ABC

    • Frank

      i would actually turn THAT into a show rather than THIS!

      • ugly nikki

        it’s been done, It’s called Outsourced

      • C Men

        I think you missed the joke.

    • Sue1

      ABC, the network that canceled Pushing Daisies.

  • Brittany

    The absolute best thing this show could do would be to get Bryan Fuller involved. He probably wouldn’t do it, but for some reason this reminds me of Jayne and her family in Wonderfalls.

    2. Set it during the early ’80s. That’s when the site’s best awkward family photos originate. You’ll have to be careful that it doesn’t turn into ‘that ’80s show’ because that didn’t work.

    3. I would set it in a neighborhood with a group of families and block parties. Like Cougar Town, only awkward.

  • Al

    My first thought was that this shows how bereft of imagination network TV is. Then I realized that I would never have looked at that website and imagined it as a sit-com. So, maybe it shows incredible imagination. Either way, it’s going to blow.

    • C Men

      That’s brilliant.

  • Jthon

    S!% My Dad Says is bad enough and that actually has some form of a premise. This? This is just… there are no words for how bad.

  • Amy

    Hmm…maybe the show is one person looking at the website and each week dreaming up a scenario/storyline for one photo…could be funny initially, but would probably get old quickly.

  • Dave

    ABC apparently didn’t learn their lesson after Cavemen. Thanks for canceling Pushing Daisies and Better Off Ted.

    • MelindaB

      Not to mention Eli Stone.

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