Contest: How Would You Pitch a Reality Show about Caregiving?

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Contest: How Would You Pitch a Reality Show about Caregiving?

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television-148223_640I love reality TV, especially Little Couple.

The stars of Little Couple, Jen and Bill, show what it's like to live with a disability, their struggle to start a family, and their journey to adopting a little boy from China and a little girl from India. They also take every opportunity they can to educate others about their disabilities.

As I watched Little Couple last night, I thought: I think these two are paving the way for a reality show about caregiving.

So, I'd love to know: How would you pitch a television network to launch a reality show about caregiving? Your pitch could be specific to your situation (why you and your family would make a great show) or general to caregiving (why we need a show about caregiving).

To help you create a pitch, I found this article, Your TV Pitches Reviewed, which gives you an idea of the elements of a great pitch. You can follow the organization of the pitches in the article ("Logline", "What It's Like", "Pitch", "Quote") or not.

I'll announce a winner on Thursday, May 29, based on which pitch sounds like a TV show I'll want to watch.

The winner will receive:

  • A $50 Amazon.com gift card

  • A copy of Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers. I take 100 words–including the unlikely blizzard, kitchen and umbrella–and then turns each into a reflection. The reflections focus on a family caregiver’s reality, sprinkled with hope.

  • A copy of Good Morning! to You. The journal includes greetings, gratitudes and goals for 366 days.

  • A copy of My Caregiving Journal. In “My Caregiving Journal,” you tell the story of how you care through Denise’s popular three-word journaling technique.


Share your pitch in our comments show, below, before Noon on Wednesday, May 28, for a chance to win.

Happy Pitching!

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Denise

Congrats to our winner: <a href=\"http://www.caregiving.com/karavanderpoolward/\" rel=\"nofollow\"><a href='http://www.caregiving.com/members/karavanderpoolward/' rel=\"nofollow\">@karavanderpoolward</a></a>. Look for an email from me, Kara.\r\n\r\nHere's how I chose our winner: I just loved all these ideas--it was impossible to pick one as a winner. So, I put the names of our contestants in a hat and pulled out the winner. \r\n\r\nThanks so much for sharing these amazing ideas. Even though our contest has ended, I hope others will continue to share ideas. I also hope our ideas spur the creation of a reality show that helps family caregivers.

PearLady

So many good ones, many of you taking bits of ideas I had as well. Here's a lame attempt from me (I say lame b/c it a) came to me in a five minute flash and b) currently sleep-deprived. ;P heh\r\n\r\n\r\nLogline: Love in the time of misery.\r\n\r\nIt's like: Mistresses meets Dallas meets When Calls the Heart\r\n\r\nPitch: Meet the caregivers...a drama about several different care-giving families living on the same block. Denae cut her booming career as a research scientist to move back to her hometown to take care of her mother, who deals with the trials and tribulations of osteoarthritis, with a touch of dementia acquired from multiple stroke-like seizures. Next door, we have Roger, who's taking care of his wife after a paralyzing car accident. Next to him, we see Nancy and her husband Josh, who have been blessed with four kids of various ages, the middle kids being a set of twins with autism. Across the street lives Sandra, recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and a husband so freaked out with his wife's news that he had a brief affair with another woman from the office after hours one night. Through faith, hope and prayer, they all deal with their lives. Yes, there are arguments, some so heated it's beyond scary. Some of the families rely on their faith to get them through, others act first and regret later. Denae takes her isolation online starts researching online and reaches out for other survivalists like herself. She forms a group of which all our families become part and vent their own happenings, and they end up helping each other in many ways.\r\n\r\nQuote: \"I'll get through this life somehow.\"

Denise

Here's mine:\r\n\r\nLogline: We'll take care of you. \r\n\r\nIt's like: Extreme Home Make-Over and Super Nanny meets our CareGifters program\r\n\r\nPitch: Each week, a team visits a family caregiver with the intent of solving three current challenges faced by the family caregiver. As the team works to solve the problems, the family caregiver takes a week off, enjoying a vacation paid for by the show. The caree receives quality, loving care in the family caregiver's absence.\r\n\r\nWhen the family caregiver returns, the team shares the solutions implemented and resources available to help the family caregiver continue.\r\n\r\nThe team includes both former family caregivers, currently family caregivers, a physician, social worker, general contractor and other professionals as appropriate for each situation. \r\n\r\nQuote: \"This week, we're your caregiver. Our goal is to support and honor you as we lift some of your worries and concerns off your shoulders.\"

Robin

I think Richards idea is the way to go!

jan

brilliant.

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