Turns out there are more Honey Boo Boo wannabes in Colorado Springs than I ever would have guessed.
Recently, I wrote about a television producer, Bert Klasey of Zodiak USA, who emailed me seeking ideas for a new reality show.
Klasey is on a constant search for the next “Honey Boo Boo” reality star.
Quite a few readers wrote me to volunteer ideas of their own reality shows.
Cathy Kelsay suggested a series on triathlon racers, focusing on her son, Will Kelsay, a pro Xterra triathlete living in Boulder.
“Over the last several years he’s had lots of exciting adventures, traveling around the U.S. for several months in an old RV doing races,” she said.
Will also had six races in six countries in six weeks, which sounds like a marathon of its own.
“I’m not the only one who thinks he’s quite the character,” she said.
Kim Bierbrauer suggested the U.S. Olympic Training Center as the focus of a reality show about athletes striving for gold.
Others offered radical departures from the formulaic warring housewives, alligator-hunting freaks and moonshining hillbilly mutants who typically star in reality shows.
Val Tenhaeff proposed “Colorado Springs Lives” with cameras visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region as well as following street crews on their daily routes.
Jim Brackett suggested cameras follow his son, Vincent, as he attends college after a stellar high school career as an award-winning basketball player, student and actor.
The most elaborate story pitch came from a neighbor, Brad Keating, who I met when he was serving as our homeowners association president.
Keating is a PGA teaching pro and high school golf coach. He proposes to star in a series with his 12-year-old daughter, Arielle, as they challenge pairs of golfers at courses around the country in nine-hole matches. Keating believes viewers would watch to see if he and his daughter could beat all comers.
Actually, I’m thinking he should tweak his pitch. Call it “Deadliest Golf” in which he and his daughter carry shotguns in their golf bags and play for pink slips on repossessed golf carts which they pawn to the Amish mafia.
That could be a real hit!