Ed TV script
Ed TV (1999)
Synopsis: In a desperate attempt to boost ratings, a cable channel decides to document the life of someone on a daily basis and air the footage as a show. That lucky someone turns out to be Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey), a laid-back video-store clerk. While the TV series makes Ed an overnight celebrity, it also begins to wreak havoc on his personal life, complicating his relationship with his new girlfriend, Shari (Jenna Elfman), and causing tension with his brother, Ray (Woody Harrelson).

4INT. POOL HALL - NIGHT - PARAMUS NEW JERSEY

This is a nice upscale pool hall. A party is in progress in a

special private area -- a room upstairs let's say -- a loft.

Thirty or forty PEOPLE in their twenties and thirties are

informally celebrating the engagement of two of their friends.

It's NOISY, it's fun, it's informal. It's not a high-end group.

By that we mean, not, for the most part young lawyers or

stockbrokers. They're mostly blue-collar. Community college

graduates.

WE OPEN ON ED PEKURNY. He's an attractive man, about thirty.

There's still something a little juvenile about him -- not

stupid, just boyish.

SOMEONE is VIDEOTAPING HIM for one of those congratulation

montage things that are done at parties these days. Ed is good

at this. He's not professional but he's a loosey-goosey guy

who's kind of good on camera.

ED:

I want to congratulate

Kevin and Tracy on their engagement.

I knew you guys were meant for each

other from the moment Tracy told us

she was pregnant.

TRACY:

You asshole!

Everyone else is cracking up.

ED:

(innocently)

What? What did I say?

TRACY:

My mother's going to see this!

5INT. PARTY - LATER

Other people are being "interviewed" on tape. Ed is SHOOTING POOL

with his buddy, JOHN. John's had a couple of drinks. He's a little

melancholy.

He is looking across the room, thoughtfully.

ED:

What?

JOHN:

Look at this -- people are

getting married, they're

getting married...

ED:

You said that.

JOHN:

We're falling behind.

Ed waves dismissively.

JOHN (CONT'D)

You know who we are?

ED:

Tell me.

JOHN:

We're the guys who clean up after

the parade.

ED:

I'm gonna stick this right in your

eye.

JOHN:

I was at this comedy club last week

and this comedian says "If you're over

thirty and your job requires you to

wear a name tag, you screwed up your

life." And I'm laughing and then I

realize I wear a nametag.

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Lowell Ganz

Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel. more…

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