The team behind the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother have been given the green light by CBS to go ahead and make a pilot for a new show based around Skype long distance relationships called My Time/Your Time. According to Entertainment News the pilot is based on the 2014 five part web series called 7P/10E by Avital Ash.Our question today is, will this show work and be successful?

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Will My Time/Your Time be as successful as HIMYM?

Over there years there has been many television shows and films based around the long distance relationships, some have been successful, others haven’t; this is because it is a very difficult topic to get right to relate to the audience. Some past shows that have focused on this include MTVs 2014 show Times Up and NY-LON which was a drama on Channel 4.

NY-LON (2004)starring Rashida Jones and Stephen Moyer, was the first British Drama to be filmed in both the United Kingdom and USA. It was based around a transatlantic relationship and only ran for one season. In 2008, CBS announced it  was also making a re-make of NY-LON but it was cancelled before the pilot even aired.

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It’s quite funny when you think that the channel have tried it before and now want to try it again. The fact that it is also a show being planned to be filmed over Skype also begs the question as to whether the new sitcom will work. Skype has been used in a variety of shows before but usually as a snippet and not the whole show. Reality shows like Catfish work because it is about social media and being deceived and is used as a balance factor / to interview the victims of the catfish.

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MTV Catfish – where Skype works

Skype or similar programmes have been used in sitcoms before as well, the most recent show i can think of is an episode in Season 6 of Modern Family. The mother is away at a conference and the whole show is filmed through Skype as she communicates with the rest of the family. Now, whilst it came across as a clever way to film an episode, i think if it was a whole series i would of switched off after maybe two as its quite a hard format to get used to visually. However, I said that about Peep show when I first saw it and ended up becoming a real fan.

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A clip of the Modern Family that was filmed around similar to Skype

So whether or not My Time/Your Time will be as big as HIMYM only time will tell, but i think its going to have to be filmed really well and have strong storylinse for it to become a success.

 

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