6 new tech-themed TV pilot ideas Fox should buy from us

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Photo: CC by Faruk Ateş/Flickr
Give this up? Never! Photo: Faruk Ateş/Flickr CC

20th Century Fox just committed to producing a television pilot called All Together Now about six twentysomethings who promise to unplug from their mobile devices and engage with each other as long as they can possibly stand it.

Seems like all the networks are jumping on the high-tech bandwagon, with heavy dramas like AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, lowbrow reality shows like Bravo’s Online Dating Rituals of the American Male and now this sitcom.

We can’t help but think turning off your mobile is a pretty thin excuse for a television series. Here are six other tech-themed pilot ideas the TV studio moguls might want to try.

Why Halt & Catch Fire is must-see geek TV (and why we can’t let it die)

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Photo courtesy AMC
Photo courtesy AMC

Halt and Catch Fire isn’t Silicon Valley where the presence of a woman in a skirt sends the coders into a tailspin. This is the dying cry of the zipless f**k, before everyone got spooked about AIDS. This is hot neon, the smell of the soldering gun on a circuit board, and the deep empty place inside that drives creative people to do crazy things, think different, and meet each other where the metal meets the code.

Unfortunately, dismal ratings may possibly keep the show, whose plot hinges on a rag-tag group of misfits reverse engineering the IBM PC around the same time Woz & Jobs were busy home-brewing in the garage, from being picked up for a second season.

You can watch Halt and Catch Fire, named for the machine code (HCF) that was able to cause a computer to stop working, on AMC or iTunes.

We feel so strongly about this retro-tastic show (Coleco! Pong! Texas Instruments!) that we put up a petition to save it. Here’s why you should sign:

7 new TV shows to watch on iTunes over the long weekend

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Just when you thought you'd never set sail with a pirate yarn again, John Malcovich as Blackbeard will shanghai your TV set with Crossbones. There's plenty of swashbuckling action, a sexy female pirate (Tracy Ifeachor from Doctor Who) and enough underpinning of medicine and navigational tech to keep you hooked. An unrecognizable OTT Julian Sands adds to the fun.
Just when you thought you'd never set sail with a pirate yarn again, John Malcovich as Blackbeard will shanghai your TV set with Crossbones. There's plenty of swashbuckling action, a sexy female pirate (Tracy Ifeachor from Doctor Who) and enough underpinning of medicine and navigational tech to keep you hooked. An unrecognizable OTT Julian Sands adds to the fun.

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