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– At Netflix Headquarters:
“Yes Mr. Stipe. I’ve given the producers your information. I agree, Feeling Gravity’s Pull would be perfect for season two of Shadow and Bone. No, I’m not sure if they’ve taken Mr. Morrissey’s call. I understand…yes he’s become very distasteful. Have a good day.”
“Hello? ah yes, Sinead O’connor? Put her through. Hello…ah…I see…The Witcher? I don’t know if they have an obvious spot for Nothing Compares to You…I am Stretched on Your Grave? Yes that could work. I’ll make a note of it.
– Meanwhile, At Disney:
“We need to get something in season two of Loki, a real surprise, soemthing no one’s looking for.”
“How’s this, he’s portaled…or some crap…back to 1987 and ends up managing a Kaybee Toys in Mall of America. But he’s still a target of forces trying to kill him so we get a tense section of him being hunted in an empty mall with flickering lights and all the tension of being alone in a big space full of stuff. Throughout the episode we’ve woven this tune into the background and now it comes on full blast: I Think We’re Alone Now by Tiffany plays all echoey and spooky throughout the mall p.a. Followed by a slow motion Matrix style melee. BANG! Instant hit, twelve to seventeen year olds all over the world just gotta know about that creepy Loki song.”
“Sounds great? Can we leverage the rights to that track at all?”
“I can check.”
“Get on it.”
– Down at Apple Plus:
“I know, I know…I thought we were doing great with music in Ted Lasso. But we’re getting buried, no break out moments. Nothing viral, because it’s mostly Millennials and Gen Xers watching that show. We’re not giving them anything they don’t already know about. Give a thirty five year old a track by The Replacements and they nod and high five each other and get another IPA. We’ve got to drive intrigue. What we need is a show that appeals to an impressionable demographic, kids have the luxury of enthusiasm. We’ve gotta use that. But they also want nostalgia, they like the pose of world weariness but they still get pumped about stuff they’ve never heard before. Which is…everything. So, unearned nostalgia…go.”
“Vampires in the 1920s?”
“So you’re thinking of a comeback for Sidney Bechet?”
“A lot of it is about to go out of copyright.”
“It’s a hard sell though because no one actually remembers the 20’s. The kids aren’t connecting with anything relevant to anyone they know.”
“Disco has a lot of weirdness potential.”
“What about a witch coven in Studio 54? Drugs, dancing, innocence under threat. A suburbanite practicing his/her moves in front of the mirror at home gets up the guts to take the nasty seventies subway into Manhattan and finds acceptance among a sexually diverse gang of attractive misfits that dance the night away and, it turns out, tends a portal to a demon realm guarded by the Disco Witches. Do for Saturday Night Fever what Stranger Things has done for The Goonies. Make it scary.”
“…Chills, literal chills.”
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