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Broken News is the daily life of the small Southern city of Burndale, AL, told through the eyes of the crew of WTTM 12, an unaffiliated local news station (NEWS TO THE MAX!). With little muck to rack in such a small town, WTTM 12’s coverage is typically centered around the goings on of the town and the people in it.
In the pilot episode, we’re introduced to Tucker Williams, a former big-city news anchor who was fired after one of his on-air rants went viral. In an attempt to start over, Tucker joins the team at WTTM 12 (NEWS TO THE MAX!) as a beat reporter and realizes that he has a thing or two to learn about the intricacies of small town Southern life.
Broken News highlights that unique relationship between the local news station and the community it serves. The station, meanwhile, is struggling with relevance in the age of fast-paced 24-hour news. It’s poignant, but also hilarious. But unlike how most TV and movies depict Southerners, we won’t be making fun because… we are Southerners. We’ll be bringing the same relatable “so true” brand of humor to this show that you see in our sketches on Facebook and YouTube.
Y’all want to see us on TV and we want to make that happen. We’d like to use this pilot as a proof-of-concept to pitch to networks or streaming platforms like Netflix or Hulu. If successful, the support we receive from this Kickstarter campaign would be ammunition to show executives that fans want to see It’s a Southern Thing on the big screen. It’s time for the South to take over Hollywood, and we can’t do that without the support of our fans.
As of October 23rd, this project has raised $9,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project has 43 days left to raise the $50,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $1, you will get project updates. For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital download of the pilot. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/itsasouthernthing/its-a-southern-thing-tv-pilot/