Premise: A new tv-show called "Bad Manners & Nuclear War".
I have copyrighted this in case anybody has any big ideas.
It will take place in a conservative Western setting, befitting what I believe will soon be an avalanche of shows, movies and books that will usher us back into a new golden era of good manners. The history of manners runs in cycles, as you may know, and we are at the latter end of a very bad manners cycle, so hold on.
"Bad Manners & Nuclear War" may be an extreme title for a hit tv-show, but I think it's both memorable, catchy, and instructional to the learning centers in the subconscious. Still, I am open to a new name (depending on the manners of the network execs who suggest that I change it!).
It will be suspense drama with good-natured humor. Each week a famous star of stage or screen will be a guest on the show. They will play rude people who come into a town called "Good Manners." So far, so good.
The problem is: they have terrible manners, or should I say one terrible manner. Let's say it's Madonna. She comes into town.
Madonna talks on her cell phone all the time, and real loud and conceitedly, as if everybody just can't wait to hear what she says about the latest stuff with all her friends. In church, in the library, in funerals, etc. So far, so good.
Then, during a routine physical, she is hypnotized by Dr. Cally Garey. Then, basically, the whole town pretends that there is going to be a nuclear war because of how she talks so loud and smug on the phone all the time.
So, for example, Madonna wakes up, and is hypnotized, which means she's very suggestible. Everybody is running around scared. She says what's going on. They say nuclear war is starting. She says why, or if she doesn't say why, then somebody asks her if she knows why. Then she says no, she doesn't know why. Then they say, "Because of all the loud rude talking you do on your cell phone, Toots."
If she asks how nuclear war could be caused by her cell phone rudeness, just have a character who talks fast and looks sincere explain to her the cause & effect from her cell phone to some guy pushing the nuclear button because he's upset and doesn't know what he's doing, or it's an accident.
Somebody could say, "When you were talking so loud on your cell phone in the hospital the doctor heard some patient complaint wrong, and the patient died as a result, and they had to hire a bad worker at his delivery service on short notice to fill his place, and he drove a truck off a cliff, and a machine part was in the truck that they needed in a machine that keeps a nuclear missile from going off accidentally, etc."
She's hypnotized and doesn't know the difference anyway.
Then she starts to cry and says, "Oh, no, if only I could go back and be polite with my cell phone, and talk at a low decent volume, or just not use it at all except in emergencies!"
Then they count to ten and she wakes up and can't even pick up her cell phone any more, or every time she talks too loud on it, she throws up or something, whatever they planted in hypnosis for her to do. She doesn't know why, because she can't remember the thing about nuclear war because she was hypnotized.
That way, the audience will be taught how horrible things can happen from bad manners, while the guest star changes their behavior and goes on to live a courteous life, not knowing why, which is more satisfying for the audience, I believe somehow.
So, the audience will be reminded each week of how bad manners revereberates out into the world and the universe in horrible ways with unforeseen circumstances. They could even be shown how the universe is destroyed by intergalactic wars.
So, for example, George Clooney could go on and pick his teeth with a toothpick right in front of everybody, flipping pieces of food around and making disgusting faces. Or James Gandolfino could come on there and pass gas everywhere he goes. So far, so good. Then they get hypnotized, "nuclear war" breaks out in the town, and by the end of the show, they leave town politer and sadder but wiser, not having any idea why.
"Bad Manners & Nuclear War" will not only be entertaining with top stars, it will also leave all of us pondering what a better world it will be when everybody some day connects bad manners and the end of the world. In any case, don't forget, it's copyrighted and in the hands on any number of top tv execs this very moment.