Adult Swim Greenlights Police Procedural Spoof ‘NTSF:SD:SUV’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm,

ntsf san diego Adult Swim Greenlights Police Procedural Spoof NTSF:SD:SUV

Look out, CBS; you no longer hold the distinction for most bizarre sitcom title. #$*! My Dad Says is passing the torch to a new series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Channel. How’s this for a name? National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle – or NTSF:SD:SUV for short.

NTSF:SD:SUVan obvious parody of the endless police procedurals dominating the airwaves – just received a 12-episode order from Adult Swim, the adult-oriented cable television offshoot of Cartoon Network, owned by Turner Broadcasting System. The program’s roots stem from a mock promo that aired during the network’s medical show spoof, Rob Corrdry’s Childrens’ Hospital.

The project, created by and starring Paul Scheer, somehow managed to buck the trend of going through a pilot stage and skipped right on through to a series order. Scheer, who has been excellent in The League, Childrens’ Hospital and almost everything else he makes an appearance in, will write as well as share executive producing credit with Hospital producer Joe Stern.

With a name like NTSF:SD:SUV, the show has got to be good. Or… not. Judging by the cricket-inducing trailer below, it may be a tough road ahead. Having viewed the clip several times, comparisons to this year’s MacGruber disaster are difficult to avoid.

However, the show may just be what the world of television needs: a downright silly comedy that pokes fun at all the mediocre CSI-esque dramas that clog up the top of the ratings charts. If any genre is ripe for parody, it has got to be these procedural dramas.

When CSI first came on the scene, it was fresh and provided viewers with the opportunity to witness things they had never seen before. It wasn’t long before the offshoots began, and the police procedural genre has steadily transformed into safe, tedious, paint-by-numbers television genre ever since.

Whether this new entry into the world of police procedurals (albeit one that openly mocks the genre) can successfully make us laugh remains to be seen. Regardless, its mere presence should serve as a reminder that the genre is far too over saturated and soon needs to be put to rest.

csi crime scene investigations Adult Swim Greenlights Police Procedural Spoof NTSF:SD:SUV

Hopefully, the collective talent of those involved with the project (including Rob Riggle, Brandon Johnson and June Raphael – who will make appearances but not as series regulars) will help the show rise above the lackluster material in the trailer.

NTSF:SD:SUV is expected to air sometime in 2011.

Source: Deadline, Funny or Die

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  1. Making a parody of something isn’t always a good idea, even if you put funny people in them. That’s the same process that gave us Scary Movie sequels and all the other crappy parody movies clogging up theatres.

    I would much rather they got back to what made them popular and leave these crappy live action shows for someone else to air…

  2. I’ll go for this, I love parodies.

    On the scary movie sequels, the got worse after Scary movie 3. And i will beg to differ, making a parody is always a good idea. If you cant make fun of something in a good manner then there is no point in making it. What made these CSI shows popular is what is making them clones, cause no ones wants to do something different.

  3. I’ll watch it.

  4. Borderline… could go either way.

    What’s funny in a 2 minute trailer isn’t necessarily so when stretched out into a longer segment (see 90% of SNL skits turned into movies).


    • That is true…

  5. What’s considered a police procedural? I know the CSI shows are, but what else? Because this article seems to have a general negative view of these so-called police procedurals. While I agree that CSI is complete garbage, so unrealistic and so cheesy, there is one cop show that I’m loving so far, and that is Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck. Does that fit in this category or no?

    Oh, and Vic, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Blue Bloods, I think you’d like it. It’s very pro-cop, think you’d like the message in that show. I’m sure it’s at least partially thanks to Tom Selleck… :-)

    • Ken J, technically, a police procedural is a story-telling technique where plot somewhat rigidly tracks the progress of an investigation, usually at the sacrifice of character development. In many of these cases, the investigators can be somewhat replaceable, which explains why the original Law & Order was able to survive for so long despite all of its cast changes. Even though NCIS is about military investigators, it’s still very much a police procedural show.

      My impression of “Blue Bloods” (and this is only based on ads I’ve seen for it) is that it is not a police procedural but more of a family drama in cops and robbers clothing. I don’t mean that as a dig at the show. It’s nice to see the networks going for a police show that doesn’t fall into cookie cutter formula of CSI or L&O, and I’d like to see it at some point. Just haven’t gotten around to it.

  6. I thought this looked hilarious when they showed the mini “promo” during Children’s Hospital (which is also pretty funny). It should definetly be good for some laughs as long as people don’t take it too seriously

  7. Hey Steve,

    I agree that Childrens’ Hospital is funny (although I don’t watch regularly) but I don’t find anything worthy of a laugh in this promo. Maybe I’m missing something here.

    Still, I’m definitely going to tune in when the show airs next year.

  8. ….:facepalm:

  9. the editing style of the promo makes it look pretty funny but its gonna take some good writing to make a spoof crime show worth watching.

  10. They are talented people. We did a procedural investigation parody series last year called Safety Geeks: SVI and also thought the genre could use a poke especially with the saturation of shows.

    Give this show a chance.

  11. I’m a little surprised that you could write this piece and *not* draw parallels, however weak, to Reno:911…

  12. You guys are ridiculous. Obviously none of you watch adultswim, cause this is the style of humor that is on there. Just the name of the show makes me giggle, and I never giggle. I am always serious. The person who wrote this “cricket-inducing” article probably watches shows like Men of a Certain Age and call that humorous. Well I got news for you, it is not. That is all. Except this, Reno911 is a parody of cops(reality), this is a parody of those stupid investigative dramas, keyword drama. I’m surprised you could write that comment and *not* make a distinction, however obvious, between the two..and I would rather light two road flares and stab them viciously into my eyeballs then watch Men of A Certain Age. Men of a Certain Age is lame. So is Big Bang Theory….Anything on CBS,NBC, etc..:high-five:

  13. Sorry Dan (and others)…I ~am~ an avid Adult Swim viewer. And, the show (NTSF:SD:SUV) is not sustainably funny. Having seen a couple of episodes, it has some funny moments here and there. But, overall, it’s self-derivative and repetitive. Therein lies the problem with having an on-going parody. The parody itself is the joke. Once you “get” the joke, repeating it just causes it to lose its edge rather quickly. Chris Elliott has recently had similarly disastrous results with his Walker: Texas Ranger-esque spoof, Eagleheart (you’d have thought Adult Swim would have learned their lesson from that!)

    And, yes, I’m an admirer of Paul Scheer. I’ve loved his work with Human Giant, The League, Children’s Hospital, Fat Guy Stuck In The Internet,…and so on. I’ve actually had the opportunity to chat (and drink) with him, at the UCBT in NY…and he’s a great guy in person, too. This new show is not his finest stuff. NTSF:SD:SUV is, at best, just mediocre.

    Now, perhaps if Trent Hauser has a catch phrase, like “Dammit…we’re running out of time,” then maybe………….

  14. I’m liking it so far. It’s not amazing comedy or anything, but it does well for a show with 10 minute episodes.
    The second episode had a reference to 24 when Trent has a shoulder bag and holds up a convenience store (something Jack Bauer had also done). Stuff like that makes you giggle when you recognize something.
    Also, the name never gets old, especially when they identify themselves and say the whole thing.

    I didn’t think Childrens Hospital was incredibly funny when it first aired, but now in it’s third season it’s must watch TV for me. Shows like Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV and Jon Benjamin Has A Van have created their own absurdist category among current comedy shows, and I think I’m a fan.

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