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  • Marcus Dixon
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    This year’s Best Picture lineup at the Oscars looks like a who’s-who of history, with biopics dominating Gold Derby’s predictions. It got me to thinking, why aren’t there more TV series about real people? And whose life would make a great weekly show?

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    KyleBailey
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    Most biopics are on people who have either died or are telling a story in their life that has a beginning, middle, and end. Unless they did a show on like the president in the style of The Newsroom taking place a year before, just not many ideas would work 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Because no one has really had an interesting enough life to sustain six or seven seasons of an episodic drama or comedy.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I suppose Masters of Sex would count as a show based on the lives of real people.

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    KyleBailey
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    That’s true but haven’t they taken alot of liberties? I don’t know that’s just something I thought I heard Sheen and Caplan say on talk shows 

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    Jalal Haddad
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    Orange Is the New Black is based off a famous memoir and Piper Kerman is involved with the show.

    There are a couple examples where characters are based off of real people like the above mentioned Masters of Sex  and Olivia Pope on Scandal (minus the Oval Office romance). Of course there is also The Tudors.

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    OnTheAisle
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    TV series about real people

    The Waltons

    Baa Baa Black Sheep

    Little House on the Prairie

    Toma

    The Untouchables

    Deadwood

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    BenitoDelicias
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    If you mean real people, real stories everybody reported on, read of, heard of….Then there’s American Crime Story coming up.  

    But hey, The Goldbergs is technically about real people too (minus the sister). Several episodes end with the real Goldbergs on videotape doing the same thing that inspired the episode.  

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    AMG
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    Most people’s lives would only be able to sustain it for a miniseries at best. How many people’s lives can fill a 10 – 24 episode order every year, and maintain comedy/drama/thrilling/emotion without it either becoming dry or rehashes of films we’ve seen on those people.

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    Alienware
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    Because real people are boring.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    There are much more than I thought! Everyone who’s saying real people can’t sustain a 6-7 season series are missing the point. Even two-hour biopics take extreme liberties with the lives of the people they’re telling stories about.

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    Pieman1994
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    Boardwalk Empire

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    WaltEagle
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    I always thought there should be a Rasputin series. His controversial meddlesome hijinks and the various ways he messed with Nicholas would even work as a sitcom.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    David E. Kelley should make a legal show about Gloria Allred. It’d be major awards bait for whoever’s lucky enough to play her.

    Real person + Lawyer + David E. Kelley = Emmy!

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    mikeboy898
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    Because people like to watch TV to escape from their current lives for a bit.

    But shows that REALLY are about real people and relationships, and commit to that portrayal (like Master of None) are golden, but rare.

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