[italic]Four older men share their lives together in a ranch-style house in Fort Lauderdale.[/italic]
Tired of living alone, Blake Debergue places an ad in a local paper for two rooms to rent in his home. The ad is answered by Dorian McGraw and Russell Newberry.
Lyle Waggoner is Dorian--a headstrong, responsible high school teacher. He left Buffalo, New York and headed south after his wife dumped him for a young male model.
Brian Dennehy is Russell--an overly-optimistic, sometimes dim-witted but fun-loving pet store supervisor. He is a widower and a transplant from Chicago.
Robert Conrad is Blake. Also a widower, he has great sex appeal and he knows it. Originally from New Orleans, he's lived in Florida for close to 20 years. His job at a museum allows plenty of opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex.
Mickey Rooney is Solomon--Dorian's elderly, sharp-tongued father. He comes to stay with the men after his retirement home is closed due to a devastating lawsuit. Lived in Florida for decades with his wife, Sophie, before she died. He often speaks of his late wife, who was the great love of his life.
I've actually written out full episodes and treatment outlines of TSF. It would have started at the same time TGG began, when all of those actors were younger. If it were done today, they'd have to cast different actors of course (I see Scott Bakula as Blake, but haven't figured out who would be cast as the other characters). It's fun doing it from the male perspective.
You might reconsider casting Mickey. It's inspired, but I think Abe Vigoda has a longer shelf life.
I would watch ANYTHING with Robert Conrad in it. Lyle was pretty hot in his day, too.
[quote]Lyle was pretty hot in his day, too.
Is Robert Conrad still alive? Maybe it's Robert Culp who died; sorry.
Brian Dennhey will always be John Wayne Gacey to me. I blame him alone for my clown phobia.
Mix it up with Nathan Lane or some eldergay who wears an ascot, a Felix Unger type. Henry Winkler could play the part. Someone needs to add double entendres and witty repartee.
Ax Mickey Rooney and the character, unless he dies in the first episode (drives his Cadillac into a lake because he can't see over the wheel - queue the house laugh track) and leaves them all tons of money so they can move out of Ft Lauderdale.
Throw in a a suacy well hung speedo-wearing Mexican pool boy.
I can just imagine plot lines... they guys go to the DMV, complain about the cost of their medications, get lost in a parking lot because they forgot where they parked, complain about their grandchildren, and a very special 2 parter where one gets a polyp on his colon.... but it turns out to be non cancerous to all their relief (and the elder gay volunteers to probe the colon in the future, for medical reasons wink wink).
Yeah, he's still alive. They all are.
Put it on HBO, r17, and the well hung Mexican pool boy won't need to wear a speedo.
Great plot ideas, R17. A couple that I've written include the guys ending up at a gay bar, and one where Blake is impotent.
This premise makes me want to vomit. Four straight old men would never live together under one roof. Make it a retirement community or a old folks home and it makes more sense.
Four straight women wouldn't either, R21. Definitely not. They'd kill each other. But that didn't stop TGG from working, did it? It's just TV, dude. Take a chill pill.
Fun idea, but it would probably work better if they were all gay.
I want Brenda Vaccaro to guest star as Dorian's blowsy wife from Buffalo.
Cool, R25! I'd envisioned Lynda Carter as the wife (Wonder Woman tie-in), but I think Brenda is an even better choice!
[quote] Originally from New Orleans, he's lived in Florida for close to 20 years. His job at a museum allows plenty of opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex.
The others are ambiguous, but this is straight up Blanche Devereaux. I straight up lol'd at the "his job at a museum" part.
Wow, r26. Thanks! I was just in Buffalo for Christmas, and I can assure you there are more Brenda Vaccaros in Buffalo than Lynda Carters.
Lyle is too hot to play the Dorothy part! You need somebody who the others can make fun of as being repulsive to women.
Robert Conrad would severely beat the others when they annoyed him.
Two more storylines:
Blake is dating a transexual but is unaware of it. The guys are aware, but they are unsure of how to break it to him.
On the way back from a fishing trip, Blake's vehicle breaks down and the guys duck into a bar to pass the time until a tow truck comes. A bit of time passes before they realize it's a gay bar.