...jameswallis's as yet unpublished game, Cop Show.
Now the thing about Cop Show is that it's not a roleplaying game where you play real policemen (or women) in a police setting. Instead, it's a game where you play police characters in a 70's or 80's tv show about policemen (or women). Now I love this sort of thing, as can be seen by the two Dream Park articles (Dream Park on a Budget and The Storm Planet Rescue Game) that I wrote for the first issue of Critical Miss. And I've always felt, very strongly, that where you have a game where you have this concept of it being something within something, the outer something needs to be obvious and visible or else you'll just forget that's it there and miss the whole point.
Which means that Cop Show won't be half as much fun if you set it in a very good, realistic TV show with no obvious, jarring, "exactly the sort of stupid thing they put into TV shows", elements. Too good, and it will work so seamlessly that you might as well be playing cops in a cop game (as opposed to tv cops in a cop show).
What you need is a really bad idea for a TV show. Cheesy, over the top, and an obvious attempt to cash-in and rip-off a current big name film. Add a recent hit song gratuitously chosen as the theme for three reasons only - it's popular, it supplies a snappy (if irrelevant) title, and you won't have to pay a composer to write something original - and you've got a winner... or a loser? Look, you know what I mean.
Anyway, I think I've come up with something very, very bad.
We do character creation on Monday. And any of you who know anything about Cop Show will know that Cop Show character creation can be very fun and very twisted.