Gaming has slowly wormed its way into the mainstream and the existence of eSports is proof of that. Now, fans can turn on their TVs and watch gaming tournaments. That popularity has attracted the two of the minds behind Big Bang Theory, who plan to make a comedy about eSports.
According to Variety, the show will be called “The Squad” and will follow a group of friends that all have a great love for eSports. In charge of the multi-camera sitcom is Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, who played Leonard Hofstadter, and show writer Anthony Del Broccolo. Warner Bros. Television is the studio backing the project, and it’ll be shown on NBC.
Not much is known about the plot, or when we can expect to hear more about the show at this time. What is known is that Galecki’s production company, Alcide Bava, will be involved. Holly Brown and Cory Wood of Alcide Bava will serve as producers. Lastly, it’s said that Warner Bros. Television is the studio behind this and it’ll be shown on NBC.
Script leak:— Sabriel Mastin 🌈 (@Sabriality) October 23, 2019
Dude 1: "There's gonna be a girl on our team."
Dude 2: "Woah. I hope she's a good healers because that's all girls play. Right, bro?"
*eboys and general audiences laugh*
[lady in short skirt walks in]
Lady: "Nope! I'm your new sniper."
Dudes in unison: "Woah." https://t.co/87IxNib2zU
It may come to a surprise to hear that people are less than enthusiastic about the show. There has already been skepticism about who exactly will be the target audience as well as how the comedy will be executed. Everyone has seemed to come to a consensus that no one wanted a show like this in the first place. In reaction to the news, Twitter user slasher said that “esports is officially dead.” Others joked that a novel written completely in Twitch chat lingo would be next.
Funny enough, this isn’t even the first eSports comedy that’s been in the works. It was announced that CBS has given a pilot order for an untitled series. This series is about a retired basketball player who tries to grow closer to his son by buying an esports franchise.
Dan Kopelman is the executive producer and writer behind this project. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment are also executive producers alongside Rick Fox. Warner Bros. Television is said to be the studio behind this as well. It was only a matter of time before we got something like this, especially with the rise of streaming services. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how all of this pans out.