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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/28/2006

Rocking the Prime Time Line-Up

By Liz Kelly

I see a sitcom and I want to paint it black. (AP)

As noted earlier this week, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is slated to star in his own TV sitcom this fall on ABC. So far, the premise is a bit fuzzy, but U.K.'s Guardian newspaper confirms Jagger has completed work on a pilot and describes the show as a "24-part series about a group of hard-up New Yorkers who decide to rob Mick Jagger." The working title? "Let's Rob Mick Jagger."

Oooohkay. We can do better than that.

This thing could be the latest in the wave of crossover TV stars and our ticket to pilot gold. If captains of industry (Donald Trump) and princesses of trust funds (Paris Hilton) can make it on the small screen, why not Mick and a slew of other former guitar slingers?

There have to be halls-of-fame full of aging rockers ready for 22 minutes of weeknight hilarity. All we need to do is marry the right name to the right premise and -- bingo -- hello syndication.

Remember, nothing is too outlandish or mundane. (After all, we are the same viewing public that happily plops on the couch to watch "Dancing With the Stars" and has been known to get emotionally invested in quasi-reality shows like "Blowout" and "America's Next Top Model." Or maybe that's just me).

I'll get the brainstorming started with a few suggestions below, but please add your own to the comments section.

Who's Jimmy Page's Boss?: The legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist goes nutty when Tony Danza moves into his mansion and his heart.

Hide Lou Reed's Cigarettes: The aging Velvet Underground frontman gets blue in the face when his fictional niece takes away Uncle Lou's nicotine.

Radio Ga Ga: David Lee Roth plays a washed up jock rocker who tries his hand at morning radio, only to be fired after a few months. What will he do next?!

The Raving Davies: After decades of collaboration and head-butting as the Kinks, Dave and Ray Davies find themselves marooned on a wacky planet populated by nonsense-babbling Teletubbies. Tagline: "This wacky planet ain't big enough for two Davies."

Stevie Nixon: Building on the success of Geena Davis' popular "Commander in Chief" series, former Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks is transported back in time and into the body of President Richard M. Nixon circa 1972. With special guest appearances by G. Gordon Liddy and Lindsay Buckingham.

Add yours below...

By Liz Kelly  | April 28, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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Comments

Snakes on Jefferson Airplane!
Whitesnake on a Plane!

Posted by: John | April 28, 2006 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"Gunsmoke: Ojinaga" Bob Dylan becomes marshal of Ojinaga Texas and fights criminals by singing passivist / antiwar songs.

Posted by: Bill | April 28, 2006 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Stained: New HGTV show dedicated to getting out those hard-to-beat dirt, blood, etc. stains.

Posted by: Bob | April 28, 2006 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Eight is Enough: Plastic Surgery - inside the lives of celebs addicted to the knife

Posted by: MD | April 28, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Eddie Knows Best"

A sitcom which would be a parody of a reality show, in which legendary rockers Van Halen travel the world interviewing, hiring, and ultimately firing, potential lead singers.

Posted by: Charles | April 28, 2006 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Cat Scratch Liver - Ted Nugent gets a liver transplant and has to take a job in a veterinarian clinic.

Posted by: JP. Evans | April 28, 2006 4:04 PM | Report abuse

'Who's Left?' Surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry doggedly continue with their reunion tours, auditioning new drummers and bassists at each stop to fill in for their deceased bandmates

Posted by: James | April 28, 2006 4:38 PM | Report abuse


Better Keith than Me -- To win a $1 Million World's Ugliest Man Contest, an unemployed man kidnaps Keith Richards and has his plastic surgeon brother switch faces with Keith.

Posted by: Jeff | April 28, 2006 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Money for Nothing: Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler teaches buttoned-down students from New England prep schools how to become petty street criminals and pickpockets.

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2006 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The Simpsons - Jessica and Ashlee Simpson both gain 50 pounds and learn how difficult the life of a musician is when you have to survive on talent alone.

Posted by: Matt | April 28, 2006 5:48 PM | Report abuse

After years of inactivity, a high school garage band plans a reunion, only realize they were never musicians in the first place. This inspires the members - now in their 40's - to learn to play instruments. The band is booed off the stage in its first performance, leading to suicide, drug addiction, homelessness. With guest appearances by Davey Jones and Mickey Dolenz.

Posted by: Jorge from Bloomington | April 28, 2006 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Former rock legends are pitted against each other in a contest to see who can create the best American idol out of various metals and gold.

Posted by: Jorge from Bloomington | April 28, 2006 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Simple - Mick IS the Devil. He is a Vampire and that's why he has his blood drained routinely. The Thieves, get them selves into deep do-do. In fact the Devil likes this kind of stuff. They are a robbing ol Mick and in walks Mick, who says "hi!how bout some sympathy?" Well they try to leave. But Mick zaps em with a deal from the Devil. And they all become pals. The robbers get rich, cuz the Devil make sure they do.

and in the end, the Devil wins! Why? Because the U.S. and Britian are engulfed in a war for oil. BLACK oil, as in what runs through Micks veins. And the real winner is God's Messinger.. Osama Bin Laden. He bursts into Micks residance, with who else but Jesus on his side, and blows up the White House! Mick converts to Christianity, and the Christians and the Muslims are all friends, with Mick singing "you can't always get what you want." and then we zip to Louisiana where poor little Shikara, the working girl can now afford to pay Grandmas Mortgage.. why, Jesus caused this and there are LOW GASOLINE PRICES.
We see Mick driving a Vespa scooter, it's a commercial for VEspa.. 125 mpg.
Good huh?
ciao babes. Buy Vespa

Posted by: John Nevola | April 28, 2006 11:03 PM | Report abuse

"A Flock of Hairspray," in which a new wave and and a hair-metal balladeer (portrayed by Howard Jones and Kip Winger) cope with hair loss twenty years later. Along with guests, they experiment with comb-overs, spray cans, head shaving, rugs and other devicest to cover or disguise their bald spots and receding hairlines. In the season finale, Our Heroes record a single "Hip to Be Bald" and pitch a reality show to VH-1.

Posted by: Eyeroll | April 29, 2006 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I don't know which is more exciting--John Nevola posting 3x or Che going all Karl Marx on our butts.

How do I get to Bob Levey's blog?

Oh, and Mick don't play gittar, but that's OK Liz as you're too young to know that. Poop.

Posted by: otis | April 30, 2006 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Takin' Care of Business -- Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive goes to work as the manager at Office Depot. The strain of hearing his song Takin' Care of Business sung constantly by customers and employees causes a nervous breakdown. We last see him attacking the copy center, singing You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.

Posted by: ChiBlues | May 1, 2006 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Sheik Yer Frooty--Down on his luck and stranded in Iran, Frank Zappa opens a smoothie shack with a winsome moniker, refering back to his zany 1970s gas-shortage-era classic, Sheik Yerbouti. This mad cap black comedy takes off when the locals find the smoothies and Zappa's satirical style equally offensive.

Episode 1--Sharia the Love--Things get hot in the desert when friendly Frank's downhome hospitality is mistaken for a homosexual overture.

Posted by: dcp | May 5, 2006 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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