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).

1INT. HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

The following is shot DOCUMENTARY-STYLE.

A GIRLS VOLLEYBALL GAME has just ended. It was a big game. Some kind of

championship.

ONE TEAM is CELEBRATING -- jumping up and down, squealing and

hugging each other. We are focused on the bench of the TEAM TRAT

LOST. They're very sad -- several are crying.

One girl, in particular, (AMY) is really sobbing. She's sweat-

stained, tired and just blubbering. Stuff's coming out of her eyes,

her nose, her mouth and the camera is seeing it all.

The COACH, a fortyish man looks at all the weeping girls -- Amy in

particular.

COACH:

You quit! You gave up!

He KICKS a CHAIR.

Now Amy is really a mess. She's crying, coughing, shaking.

COACH (CONT'D)

(right in Amy's face)

You quit!!

The Coach storms off.

COACH (CONT'D)

Qutters! ... Quitters!

Amy is wailing and choking on her own tears.

This IMAGE FREEZES.

TERRY (V.O.)

And that would be it. I don't

think you need any narration at

all. Just end it right there.

REVEAL:

2INT. OFFICE - DAY

BEGIN CREDITS:

We're in New York City. We're in the conference room of a modestly

successful cable TV station called "Real TV." The people are

young, energetic, clever. It's crowded, noisy -the furniture is

beaten up, bulletin boards cover the walls, with large index cards

all over them.

This room is not for show -- work gets done here.

SEVEN OR EIGHT PEOPLE are present. One of them is CYNTHIA REED.

She's the boss.

TERRY:

(to Cynthia)

What do you think?

CYNTHIA:

It's horrible, it's depressing, I

love it. What else?

ALICE:

I want to re-pitch that pregnancy

idea. Find six women early in their

pregnancies and follow them all right

through to the births.

KEITH:

(negative)

Yeah, when all that stuff comes

out.

Mixed reactions, mostly negative.

CYNTHIA:

I have an idea.

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

CYNTHIA (CONT'D)

This is something I've been thinking

about for a long time. We're "Real

TV" right? I mean that's the name

of the station.

AGREEMENT:

CYNTHIA (CONT'D)

So let's go real. We find someone.

Just a regular person, someone. And

we put their life on television -

live... all day long.

Silence. No movement at all.

CYNTHIA (CONT'D)

Calm down.

KEITH:

What do you mean, like PBS did in

the seventies? What was that

family?

GREG:

The Louds.

KEITH:

Yeah.

CYNTHIA:

No. We go way beyond that. We

don't film it and edit it and put

it on later. We go on the air

live every morning and the show

goes off each night, when our

subject goes to bed. In between,

we're on live all day, every day -

the same person, -- for

(shrugs)

let's say a month.

No one is wild for this. Some hate it -- some are unconvinced.

FELICIA:

That's not a show that's a

surveillance camera.

GREG:

You can't do that.

CYNTHIA:

The hell we can't. Look, the

beauty of being a cable

channel is we can take chances. I've

thought about this and I'm

telling you, I think this can

make a noise. A loud one. There

are twelve thousand channels.

You've got to do something that

says "Look at me!" Hell, people

look at fish tanks all day. This

is people!

(more firmly)

Someone's real life -- an TV, all day

long - live... And, you know what?

I'm doing it.

Pause. The others know the argument is over.

GREG:

In that case, we love it.

END CREDITS:

3EXT. POOL HALL - DAY

A BUS passes. On the bus is an ad. It says, "Would you

like to star in your own TV show? Call Real TV (and a

phone number) Coming (and a date)."

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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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