Places in Minnesota that should have TV shows

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This week it was announced that the town of Stillwater is getting the HBO treatment. According to Deadline, True Blood producer Howie Deutch has landed a two-year development deal with the premium cable channel to develop potential dramas and comedies. One of the upcoming projects is titled Stillwater, and will follow a New York cop as he relocates to Bachmann country after his life spirals out of control in the Big Apple. Colin Farrell is also attached to the project as executive producer.

In light of this news, we thought it would be fun to consider other landmarks, businesses, and cities in Minnesota that would make for good television, be they a hilarious comedy a train wreck reality show, or a gritty drama.

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Sam Howzit
The show: Prohibition
The Minnesota city or landmark: The caves, Black Forest Inn, plus major moonshine towns like Holdingford, MN.
The high-concept pitch: Imagine The Wire crossed with Boardwalk Empire

What it would be about:
The Prohibition-era was a time underground crime, scandal, larger-than-life personalities, and secret drinking establishments -- all things that make for compelling television. Setting a show about this time in the Twin Cities would give viewers a front-row view to all the calamity. There's the rise of gangsters, bathtub-booze distilleries, rum runners, and the police who sought to bust them (and the ones who looked the other way). There's also the temperance movement, with suffragettes and local activist and U.S. Representative Andrew Volstead leading the way (the Volstead Act outlined how Prohibition would be carried out). Throw in the rise of jazz, and maybe a few wild party cameos featuring Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and you have a show built in an fascinating, expansive world.

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Kumar Jhuremala
The show: Casino
The Minnesota city or landmark: Mystic Lake Casino
The high concept pitch: Remember that Las Vegas casino show with Josh Duhamel? Imagine that, only funny.

What it would be about: Casinos are a business rife with potential drama, humor, and infinite story possibilities. The "very serious casino drama of excess" has been done to death, but we think setting a show in the not-so-Vegas-glam world of Minnesota could be comedy gold. This is where writers could revel in telling the stories of quirky vacationers from Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin. There's the big dreamers who hope to make some money playing black jack, the buses of old folks looking for a good time, the super-fans who are there to see some old band from the '80s, and more. The employees who run the place could also make good fodder, only we'd want them to look more like they came from Fargo, less like they're a short plane flight from Hollywood.

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Maegan Tintari
The show: Real Housewives of Eden Prairie
The Minnesota city or landmark: Eden Prairie
The high-concept pitch: Imagine Bravo's Real Housewives series, but with Midwestern flair.

What it would be about: Who says all the drama should belong to the ladies on the coasts? Forget New York, Bevery Hills, and Hot-lanta, the real housewives of Eden Prairie are here and ready to party. Get an inside peek at the glitzier side of the suburbs, with mani-pedis at Aveda and watching the ladies redecorate their McMansions deep inside the gated community of Bearpath. But it's not all fun and games here. The women spend their time clocking hours at the office, managing their boutiques, volunteering for local organizations, and making public appearances around town for "good causes" -- like organizing a church fashion show for middle school girls. Let's not forget the shenanigans. You'll probably see some table flipping during a night out on the town at Manny's, a drunken bachelorette party stumbling into the Saloon for one of the show's resident single ladies, and a house-warming celebration from hell. Plus, if Eden Prairie gets a Real Housewives deal, you know the ladies of Edina will be dying for a spin-off. We'd love to see those women butt heads.


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Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

I'm going to tie this story together now. Kevin in his fight, against the Mandaanim curse, must find the methuselah sword hiding in St. Louis Park. Yeah that's right, it's the Jew sword that killed giants. Fights rosecrucians to find the sacred burial spot of the giant bones, makes it there to find them in necromancy, using thoth's tablet. Then has to slay the nephilim risen and burn them from creation. Hence the Jew sword. Massacre, curse broken. That has to be slightly an interesting idea?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Or how about the small energy vortex, in Dunnell Minnesota? Sending out ritualistic telepathic influences, along the ley lines running through our great state? From a cornfield no less hmmm? Mwe ha haa

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Strange Rosecrucian museum in California, odd Egyptian what nots there? Celebrities from here to there being a tragically placed?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

If you read my below concept, just think of all the corn booths anywhere along the road, at the state fair, and all the farmers markets? Crafty isn't it?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Clearwater's Bane ~ In Clearwater Minnesota, the skeletons of seven giants were found in mounds. These had receding foreheads and complete double dentition. ~ ~The Chippewa had a story "How dogs came to Indians", in the Chippewa legends. Speaking of a giant that liked to eat humans.~ Obviously the 7 found, were that tribe of giants the Chippewa eventually slew. However Mandaamin was invoked by a dying giant, asking vengeance for it's kind perishing. The spirit of corn, found it entertaining that the giants should be consumed by humans and absorbed the giants DNA, into the surrounding farmlands. As years passed with the Indians taken over by settlers, the settlers began eating the food of Minnesota, and grew to astonishing proportions, compared to surrounding states and cities. 2014: the Rosecrucian Order has taken much of Minnesota over, unawares to the population here. Having select peoples, bred with the highest Giant DNA content, strategically placed in positions of prominence. One of which, Kevin Sorbo. But as Kevin's path lead to Christ, he returns to Minnesota a shattered actor but with a vengeance, a vengeance to end Minnesota's curse of Mandaamin. Aided by Richard dean Anderson, another victim of the Rosecrucian breedings. Music by Melismatics?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Know what that means? Most to offer, most modest about it, no one knows? I'm not sure if that's good or not? Maybe it should remain a secret? Or maybe it's time to take the others down, and make them feel that deep and subconscious stinging, were they feel shame or embarrassment? Then we go back to being what we are here?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

That's the thing people don't understand here, out form of cockey or discourteous, still far more civil. Even the occult sects, Christian, or compete non-religious, are humble in comparison to the rest of our country? But we walk tall and have the most to offer? Plus, we have the best sense of humor?? And still you would make us out to be hillbillies? Fuck you HBO!

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Oh my goodness, are there slanders of pretentious and conceitedness, within our own state? We don't even boast of our own modesty, but continue to be humble in our accomplishments? Yet dipshit, asshat farmers, in a boring inbread state.... we must be, apparently?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Hey, is that the darkest spots still more positive and happy than the rest of the country? Yeah that's just Minnesota for you?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Or how about, we value inner beauty? Having depth as a state? They can't beat us? Make something awesome for us!

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

You know what other states do when they run out or get bored? They drink or whine and go on welfare? Then complain, about why their economy is still in recession. While we make jobs and stay almost the highest pay rates in the country. Fuck these other states.

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Or isle? Again a boring suckvllie, but it's arts and crafts all down the main strip?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Even out in the farmlands, they're still tall good looking people, with creativity here? Try dunnell, woman lost here stock, kept a corn what not and made hardened corn clothing? It sucks pretty much but it was creative?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

I don't know why, but the concepts' really irritate me. Even mighty ducks irritated me. Make a Minnesota hipster/punk concept. I've seen California n New York's version, they aren't as cool. Or music or art, we don't have limits here, save past an hour to an hour and a half away from the cities? We're also taller and have higher I.Q's, not to mention our state has attractive people a plenty, which other states don't have as much? They have a few, but it's not like a state full? It just irritates me. Make those fuckers pay, for making us look like dull farmers?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Sorry one more. The rest of the country doesn't know we eclectically picked out, the good concepts, from California and New York and created similar here? They think we're a farmland and slow moving dullards. Why make television shows that further the stereotype? Who cares what Monica is doing Tuesday, desperate to bake cookies and drink coffee most likely? Please make minnesota look awesome?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

How about a concept stylized after the O.C., based around Wayzata? http://youtu.be/wq-S8CIU7VA - just substitute minor words like "California" for "Minnesota", and have them reopen Sunsets, as a place for the character to work out of? Please no Eden Prairie - desperate house wives and Stillwater?

David McCrindle
David McCrindle

The Babysitter's CC Club. Following the bouncers of the CC.

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

We even have plenty of witches and other oddities here to add to a story. The concepts listed minnesota look boring?

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Why not make a cool T.V. show in Minnesota, instead? One that would be interesting to watch? Maybe Neil Gaiman could write the concept for it? And it had something to do with the giant bones unearthed in Minnesota, a secret cover up that the non-human bones leaked DNA into the farmland, which created our incredible looks and height? Involving the Ley lines found on the UVG grid map, that puts us in an ideal setting for those former giants to set up camp. But somehow now the DNA is awakening in us and Minnesota plans to take over the U.S? Then somehow incorporate Kevin Sorbo, Richard dean Anderson, and other actors from Minnesota? Throw in a dash of local hipster/punk music? Why would anyone watch real housewives of Eden Prairie? Besides their nosy neighbors?

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

I mean, fuck, I live on the Reservation - that's the last place you'd want to shot a show. Unless you like drug addicts.

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

The last thing the world needs is another fucking reality show.

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