Extemely Random Thought
Can you imagine the meeting in which a television producer pitched the idea of Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting?
I think it went something like this:
Producer: Okay guys, I have an idea for a new show that I want to test on you.
Executive 1: Okay, lets here it.
Producer: Alright, so I know this painter named Bob Ross and he is a pretty good landscape painter. I think he should have his own show.
Executive 1: Okay...what will the show be about?
Executive 2: Alright, so he is a painter that solves mysteries or uses his paintings to communicate with the dead. Or maybe the paintings can talk to him and tell funny stories.
Producer: Actually, I was thinking that the show would just be an hour of him painting a picture and each show is a new picture.
Executive 1: Will there be any women in this show, is he handsome? Where is the sex appeal?
Producer: Well, Bob does have a very soothing voice and there may be women in his pictures at some point.
Executive 2: Oh, he paints nudes? I am not sure how that will fly with the censors but if this is an educational show, they may allow it.
Producer: Actually, he usually likes to paint landscapes. He really enjoys mountains and clouds.
Executive 1: Well, maybe we could get him into a sexy wardrobe and have celebrity guests drop by to keep him company and see how he is doing.
Producer: I don't know about that but...
Executive 2: Let me see if I get this. You want us to air a TV show that is an hour of just some guy painting clouds, mountains, and trees. No sex, no music, no beach parties, just painting.
Executive: Well, with all of the weirdos running about these days you just might be on to something...or I may just be drunker than I thought. Hell, lets give this show a go.
And The Joy of Painting ran for fifteen years. Odd.