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Cycling Show Pitch (Attn Netflix Execs)

Old 01-10-22, 08:56 PM
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Cycling Show Pitch (Attn Netflix Execs)

Title: Killer Instinct

Logline: A disgraced cyclist has a chance at redemption.

Synopsis: In 2001 US professional Cyclist Lars Toestrung won the Tour de France for the US based Killer Instinct Energy Drink Team after losing 100 pounds and coming back from severe depression. He became an international superstar and continued to dominate the sport for the next 3 years. In 2004 at the age of 29 he retired unexpectedly citing a lagging back injury.

That same year Lars’ protégé, young American Zebedee Brown leads the Killer Instinct Energy Drink Team to their 5th win but is busted for EPO doping on the tour’s 19th stage. Banned from the sport and disgraced, Zebedee retires back to his rural home in Broomstick Tennessee to find himself.

Current Day, Lars Toestrung is a semi-retired celebrity, still a popular figure and coach of the incredibly successful Boulder High School Mountain Bike team, 9 time State Champs. His daughter, Ellie, is the MTB girls state champ.

Zebedee is the new owner/manager of a pot dispensary in Boulder. When his son, Shane, is cut from the Boulder High School team without reason he forms his own ragtag team of underdogs at the smaller New Vista High School.

Old team mates become rivals but will secrets from the past come back to haunt Lars and Zeb.
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Brilliant! I'm still laughing and filling in the details of the 13 episode pilot season.
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Old 01-10-22, 09:07 PM
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Don't quit your day job.
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Originally Posted by Outrider1 View Post
Brilliant! I'm still laughing and filling in the details of the 13 episode pilot season.
Things get complicated in episode 7 when Killer Instincts Director Sportiff Brohiem Yunial comes back to "assist" Lars in coaching his team.

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Don't quit your day job.
So you don't want to back the pilot?
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Old 01-11-22, 06:23 PM
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Don't quit your day job.
Don’t be so sure, he sounds like a natural, I’m sure he could get a job at Disney writing for the next Star Wars movie.
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Old 01-11-22, 06:46 PM
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And I thought there was already enough drama on BF.

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Old 01-17-22, 03:34 AM
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I think there's more scope in my idea: a gruesome slasher / revenge horror movie about a wronged cyclist who saw their SO / friends killed by idiot motorists wreaking bloody revenge on them using a variety of bikes, bike parts and bike tools. Grisly deaths include:
  • Decapitation via shiny sharp chainring.
  • Inflating someone with a track pump until they explode.
  • Deliberately causing someone to crash into something hard and sharp / other.
  • Some kind of turbo trainer related mishap I've not yet decided on.
Or maybe that's just what I dream about every night.

There's also scope for a drama about an investigative journalist going after 'Big Carbon' after a number of deaths caused by failed carbon steerers.Think Erin Brockovich.
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Too low stakes for more than one episode. Needs a caper per episode. The team rivalries are just a cover for the two of them leading a scrappy band of adventure-seeking cyclists who become the world's best jewel thieves.
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Old 01-17-22, 08:21 AM
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Don't quit your day job.
I say we take 20 of the top trolls and Freds from Bikeforums and dangle out a $100k prize to do a one year transformation reality show. Each week are a series of challenges..... physiological, bike handling, basic wrenching, bike "science", accepting bottles from a team car, eating from a musset, etc....... Meanwhile each week, a group works with them on training and nutrition. End of week the bottom half have to race it out on whatever the race event is that week. The bottom two in the race are eliminated. The top rider each week gets the "leader's jersey" for the next week. Final week, instead of a two person time trial..........each person gets to pick their squad "sandlot" style for a final race. The eliminated riders you choose are your team. You get a week to prep as a team for a known course. Then race for the final episode.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
I say we take 20 of the top trolls and Freds from Bikeforums and dangle out a $100k prize to do a one year transformation reality show. Each week are a series of challenges..... physiological, bike handling, basic wrenching, bike "science", accepting bottles from a team car, eating from a musset, etc....... Meanwhile each week, a group works with them on training and nutrition. End of week the bottom half have to race it out on whatever the race event is that week. The bottom two in the race are eliminated. The top rider each week gets the "leader's jersey" for the next week. Final week, instead of a two person time trial..........each person gets to pick their squad "sandlot" style for a final race. The eliminated riders you choose are your team. You get a week to prep as a team for a known course. Then race for the final episode.

Winner gets to marry a millionaire. Or a bicycle.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Winner gets to marry a millionaire. Or a bicycle.
I like it.

We know which the true BF winner would choose. Marrying the bicycle.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
I say we take 20 of the top trolls and Freds from Bikeforums and dangle out a $100k prize to do a one year transformation reality show. Each week are a series of challenges..... physiological, bike handling, basic wrenching, bike "science", accepting bottles from a team car, eating from a musset, etc....... Meanwhile each week, a group works with them on training and nutrition. End of week the bottom half have to race it out on whatever the race event is that week. The bottom two in the race are eliminated. The top rider each week gets the "leader's jersey" for the next week. Final week, instead of a two person time trial..........each person gets to pick their squad "sandlot" style for a final race. The eliminated riders you choose are your team. You get a week to prep as a team for a known course. Then race for the final episode.
So, you want an entire reality show built around the 20 most annoying people on bf?

I don't even like reading their posts....And you want me to watch them?
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How about a talk show where celebrities argue about the best chain lube while riding bikes?
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
So, you want an entire reality show built around the 20 most annoying people on bf?

I don't even like reading their posts....And you want me to watch them?

Annoying people are the bread and butter of reality TV, it's why I don't watch it. I don't eat a lot of bread and butter, either.
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Annoying people are the bread and butter of reality TV, it's why I don't watch it. I don't eat a lot of bread and butter, either.
Point proved.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
So, you want an entire reality show built around the 20 most annoying people on bf?

I don't even like reading their posts....And you want me to watch them?
Include a drinking game for at home audience to make it watchable........every time someone starts a troll argument "disc brakes" or "chain lube" and they go at each other.....drink. Every time you hear "steel is real", drink. Every time someone calls a carbon bike "plastic", drink. If someone wants to train by adding weight to their bike...........finish your drink no matter the remaining volume.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Point proved.

Judging by how many of such shows there are, somebody likes watching annoying people.
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Plot twists to keep the series going:

The teams branch out to 'travel teams' and tour the nation
They get so good they go to overseas competitions.
A romantic theme pops up with an LGBTQ angle - a male member of team one has an affair with female on team two, who is having an affair with a female manager on team one.
A team member gets a drug addiction, and another gets caught doing EPO supplied by (yet another) team member.
The teams' going overseas is a ruse to cover their real mission - international spies. And one team has a double agent on it.
Both teams try to settle the 'who's better argument with a competition - jumping a tank full or sharks.

You're welcome for the ideas. I'll be waiting my residual check.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Plot twists to keep the series going:

The teams branch out to 'travel teams' and tour the nation
They get so good they go to overseas competitions.
A romantic theme pops up with an LGBTQ angle - a male member of team one has an affair with female on team two, who is having an affair with a female manager on team one.
A team member gets a drug addiction, and another gets caught doing EPO supplied by (yet another) team member.
The teams' going overseas is a ruse to cover their real mission - international spies. And one team has a double agent on it.
Both teams try to settle the 'who's better argument with a competition - jumping a tank full or sharks.

You're welcome for the ideas. I'll be waiting my residual check.

Has any series ever started with someone jumping a shark tank in season 1 episode 1 scene 1? It's a gutsy, brilliant move.

You do realize this is the point in the pitch where the Netflix exec asks if they really have to be bicyclists. "People hate cyclists. And not in a love-to-hate kind of way. Rugby needs a Ted Lasso--have you considered making them rugby players?"
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