It should come as no surprise that the idea of a frazzled flight attendant dealing with the daily crises of air travel is being made into a series. According to Variety, television veteran Bob Cohen is developing a scripted series tentatively titled Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant. This series will be based on a novel of the same name, by author Ellen Simonetti.
Cohen is no stranger to television and while he's not exactly a television powerhouse, he has helped create successful shows for PBS, Barris Industries and Palladium Entertainment. Now, Cohen is currently a managing partner for August Media Co. and since 1990, he has helped create such shows as the UK version of Absolute Bonkers, Spike TV’s The Naked Truth and the WB’s Starlet.
Even though Cohen's television resume reads of quickly canceled, poorly executed entertainment ventures, the subject of this series alone could be enough for networks to take a look. Especially with the heightened coverage that air travel has received in the press.
With very few details being revealed, Cohen describes his plan to make the show in the same comedic style as The Office, but on a subject most of us can readily identify with, air travel. He observes:
"An airplane and air travel is almost a metaphysical suspension of reality and a natural vehicle for comedy."
Traveling by air has become more complicated and often frustrating for passengers, but imagine how stressful it must be for the airline employees that have to enforce the new rules and deal with our indignation just to do their jobs. Is there enough material for a great comedy series in that? You bet.
Throw in the weekly oddball passengers, people with impossible demands and perhaps a health crisis or two and you’ve got the recipe for a potentially big hit.
In fact, other recent shows involving flight include the reality series Fly Girls on the CW, Pan Am on ABC and another series in development called Homeland Insecurity. The jury’s still out about whether the new attention to flight as a vehicle for comedy will match the comic genius of the Airplane movies, but time will tell.
You say that surely nothing can top Airplane?
Well, don’t call me Shirley, but it might be fun to watch and see.
Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant is still in it's infancy, but we'll bring you more news about this potential series, as it becomes available.