Pitch a series… Wrangler Jane of the Secret Service

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There was a common theme to the favorite shows of my childhood, girls and danger. Actually, if the danger was absent, I would add it in my head. Batgirl, Agent 99, Emma Peele, Penelope Pitstop and April Dancer all found BDSM excitement in their respective shows. While other shows featured the eye candy of the week, they might occasionally feature the hero and special guest heroine some inventive yet horrible fate. Man for UNCLE and Wild, Wild West were good for the occasional tie-up or whirring buzzsaw.

Other female characters did not “get the treatment,” but should have. Some shows had all the potential but seldom delivered. Wilma Deering should have gotten the death trap of the week at the hands of flamboyant villain but seldom did. My head was forever filled with adventures untold for the likes of Isis, Yeoman Rande and Joy of the Bugaloos. I cannot fathom the perils Jeannie was subjected to by the evil Jinn before he locked her away for a thousand years in a bottle (well, maybe I can...), or what perils she would face at hands of her evil twin. What fiendishness could be created for a blond in harem pants If I only had to blink it into existence?

Perhaps my greatest disappointment was the show F-Troop. The show featured Wrangler Jane, an absolute perfect heroine, pretty, petite, blonde and willful girl with a bubbly personality and skills with a gun. Surrounded her with incompetent men and dubious villains and never so much as tied her to a tent pole... much less sent her off on her own to prove the boys wrong and Nancy Drew herself it a bundle of ropes and mine car headed for doom. A complete waste of a beautiful girl.

Wrangler Jane of the Secret Service
I have been thinking that she should have had her own show. Set in the same universe as the Wild, Wild West, before she landed in F-Troop. In her backstory, Wrangler Jane had spent the closing years of the Civil War working a Union spy. Young and resourceful, Confederates soldiers and bureaucrats could easily underestimate this blonde wisp of a girl until it was too late. When the war ended she was hired by the Treasury Department to track the evil Confederate Dr Miguelito Loveless who had, in the closing days of the war absconded with a million dollars in gold. His plan is use the money to create a new New Confederacy in the western territories, before they could become states. Assisting him are his trusted aids, the beautiful and deadly Antoinette and his heavy muscle, the giant Voltaire. His vast wealth and connections to the fallen South would give him many connections and allies to execute his plans.

Wrangler Jane pursues Loveless and his Minions through a steampunk landscape of the old west. In her quest, she takes on secret identities and goes undercover to foil their plots and thwart Loveless' co-conspirators. Frequently finding herself as dance hall girl, a school teacher, gunslinger, barmaid or the newest addition to the local brothel as she travels the west repeatedly unraveling Loveless' machinations and plots. Of coarse each episode has the villain of the week and the elaborate steampunk deathtrap perils for her or those that have been caught helping her.

If you were going to reinvent a program(s) from your youth, make a pitch that describes your mash-up TV reboot project...
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Love your idea, Sneakly.


Here's a quick one from me:
Samantha on Bewitched gets recruited into the FBI for an arc of episodes about preventing the poisoning of a city reservoir. Darrin is captured for leverage and Samantha is forced to do some very nasty things to secure his release.
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A female version of Mr. Terrific where much like the original series the power pill wears off at the wrong time allowing for peril and being captured.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Terrific_(TV_series)

There were all those scenes where the powerless Stanley Beamish frantically tried to reach a booster pill to escape. They would have been much better with a woman in a tighter outfit.
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Visitor wrote: 4 months ago A female version of Mr. Terrific where much like the original series the power pill wears off at the wrong time allowing for peril and being captured.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Terrific_(TV_series)

There were all those scenes where the powerless Stanley Beamish frantically tried to reach a booster pill to escape. They would have been much better with a woman in a tighter outfit.
Just looking at the stills and reading the synopsis, this one was a stinker. I do agree, women struggling in tight costumes will always make a show better. When they were pitching this to the network, how did someone not say, let’s cast a female lead and put her in a catsuit?
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Both the Mr. Terrific and Captain Nice shows were quite forgettable. Of that time period, the best was "The Greatest American Hero." Better scripts and a more likeable lead character and actor, by far!
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DrDominator9 wrote: 4 months ago Both the Mr. Terrific and Captain Nice shows were quite forgettable. Of that time period, the best was "The Greatest American Hero." Better scripts and a more likeable lead character and actor, by far!

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I'd reboot 'Bibleman' as a gritty exploration of the effects of religious extremism on a stagnant culture, where he perceives his ideological enemies as cartoonish supervillains, incapable of coping with ambiguity or the thought that his own thoughts and actions might be wrong.





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I always thought they never gave Jan, from Space Ghost, enough rope time. Just sayin', I would follow the adventures of a plucky Jan finding herself at the mercy of numerous cosmic bad guy's bad intentions. And I would watch out for that mischievous monkey mascot. I think he might have designs on the good-hearted young female. :ohmg:
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Damselbinder wrote: 4 months ago I'd reboot 'Bibleman' as a gritty exploration of the effects of religious extremism on a stagnant culture, where he perceives his ideological enemies as cartoonish supervillains, incapable of coping with ambiguity or the thought that his own thoughts and actions might be wrong.





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You mean, like The Boys, but without the irony?
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sneakly wrote: 4 months ago
Damselbinder wrote: 4 months ago I'd reboot 'Bibleman' as a gritty exploration of the effects of religious extremism on a stagnant culture, where he perceives his ideological enemies as cartoonish supervillains, incapable of coping with ambiguity or the thought that his own thoughts and actions might be wrong.





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I'd like to see The Fall Guy's Heather Thomas in a spin off series where she is a sexual stunt woman in porno bondage movies.
We can call it The Fallen Woman
Some sort of crime solving weekly plot is optional, but let's face it totally unnecessary.
Heather Locklear from TJ Hooker can play a lesbian private eye who aides her in the shenanigans and sexy times ensue on a regular basis.
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Also, I always thought Bailey Quarters (Jan Smithers) from WKRP was the perfect disguised female in desperate need of a secret superheroine persona. Mild mannered assistant program director at a small radio station during the day. At night an unleashed crime fighting superheroine. And oh what dastardly perils she would be subjected to in her attempts to battle evil.
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I always thought Bailey was way hotter than the blonde.
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sneakly wrote: 4 months agoIf you were going to reinvent a program(s) from your youth, make a pitch that describes your mash-up TV reboot project...
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I would pitch a Sixties sci-fi show that mashed up the beach party fad with a concept like Lost in Space or Star Trek, featuring Playboy models and horny aliens aplenty. An actual Sixties television version of this would probably have been relatively tame, featuring plenty of chaste romance and occasional peril for the lovely ladies at the center of the action: it would probably have wound up being set on a space luxury liner traveling to various exotic destinations in space, had a male captain presiding over the proceedings, and featured plots that revolved around the ditzy girls getting into titillating trouble that he has to find some way to bail them out of.

Space Princess actually started out as exactly this thought experiment, though as they were books instead of Sixties television, I could use the Sixties retro-aesthetic while ditching some of the era's constraints: the girls get to be more than just bimbos and are actually commanding their own luxury cruise ship (with the aid of a somewhat hapless crew of male technicians), the erotic action gets to be a lot more explicit, and the stories quite a bit edgier than a mashup of beach party and SF tropes in the actual Sixties would have been. That said, I definitely owe the genesis of the concept to fantasy-casting an imaginary Sixties show.
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How about Audra Barkley (Linda Evans) of the Big Valley finally leaving home and becoming a masked female lone ranger
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McGheeny wrote: 4 months ago Also, I always thought Bailey Quarters (Jan Smithers) from WKRP was the perfect disguised female in desperate need of a secret superheroine persona. Mild mannered assistant program director at a small radio station during the day. At night an unleashed crime fighting superheroine. And oh what dastardly perils she would be subjected to in her attempts to battle evil.

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Jan Smithers was the quintessential girl next door of hotness…
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Dazzle1 wrote: 4 months ago How about Audra Barkley (Linda Evans) of the Big Valley finally leaving home and becoming a masked female lone ranger
She should have gotten her own show “The Perils of Sugar Kane” based off of her appearance in Beach Blanket Bingo. Travels the country performing as a singer with her slimy manager in tow and having characters in each episode fall in love with while jealous wives and girlfriends try to kill her.
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Bert wrote: 4 months ago I always thought Bailey was way hotter than the blonde.
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