It’s been almost a year since I released my web series Baby Time! What have I been doing all that time? Mostly I wrote a bunch, including a new sitcom spec for BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, a couple of re-writes of the outline for my feature film POLKA, a new draft of a TV pilot BLACKOUT (written with 3 other talented writers), and… New Project Announcement!
… a new web series based on my #CrainStreet tweets.
The #CrainStreet tweets are just snippets of moments I have to endure when visiting my parents.
It’s called Co-Habit. Probably. It was Cohabitation. Then it was Co-Habituate, which is my personal favorite, because it mixes the idea of cohabitation with the complications that come when two people agree to live together and therefore build habits together. But, I fear that the title is hard to say and thus complicates spreading the word about it.
CO-HABIT A comedy about the absurdity of cohabitation. Karen and Craig endure boredom, mindless habits, and domestic bliss. Commentary provided by their observant dog Dainty.
So, now I’m assembling my directing notes. Here’s a summary of my thematic analysis:
The series will take a satirical look at the intimacy of living with someone, focusing on the following themes and ideas:
- annoying and mindless habits and patterns
- numbness that develops over time due to these patterns
- regressive behavior (acting out like a child) with our partners
Conclusion: Ultimately, I believe that part of the reason we gravitate towards the patterns and the numbness is to keep ourselves safe from regression and the unpredictable traumatic conflicts that we risk when we engage emotionally.
So, in other words, I’ll have plenty to mock.
Here’s an example of the kind of mindless exchange I endure when I visit my parents, and so I have expanded on it in the series:
CRAIG I still can’t believe that the fridge repair guy called first.
KAREN I know. It was about 1:30. I remember because I had just talked to my sister. The phone rang. And it was him. Next thing I know, he’s ringing the doorbell.
CRAIG Fast huh.
KAREN Yep. He called. Next thing I know, he’s ringing the doorbell.
CRAIG He must have called from his car.
KAREN I bet. Unless his office is nearby.
CRAIG I think he has an office nearby. He could’ve called and gotten over her quickly.
KAREN It was real quick. He called. Then he rang the doorbell. It couldn’t have been more than a minute or two later.