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The media gets meta with tweets-to-TV programming

In my mind's eye, the scene looks like a Bond villain's roundtable: Book publishers, ad execs and television producers all crowded into a 50th-floor office somewhere, pawing at computer screens, trying to figure out how the re-tweet button works.

(Okay, so the situation probably isn't as desperate as all that, but it is entertaining to watch the "mainstream media" mine ideas from Twitter's often absurd landscape.)

CBS announced Tuesday that it would develop "Don't Tell Steve," a series that chronicles the antics of a guy's roommate, based on this Twitter feed. (Word is that Ashton Kutcher will produce.) The network obviously hopes to continue buzz that started a little over a year ago with nothing more than a guy (Justin Halpern), his Twitter account and, well, stuff his dad said. Tweet-sized dispatches of insults and cranky musings earned Halpern a sitcom deal, and "Sh*t My Dad Says" premiered last week with William Shatner at the helm.

Time will tell if these Twitter-based shows will have staying power, but regardless, it's always fun to guess who'll be plucked from the ether next. Meanwhile, I have a few suggestions:

  • @kellyoxford: She's a mom who blogs, but she's not a mommy blogger. Her quotable kids and acerbic one-liners about motherhood, marriage and pop culture make me long for a show that's not about bromance, housewives or New Jersey.

    The demographic for Foursquare; people who wish they were Sims.less than a minute ago via web

  • @suethetrex: Whoever operates this Twitter feed might have the best job in the world. Some might say that a T-rex might not present a workable sitcom plot, but, um, it actually wouldn't be the first time.

    Made up facts about dinosaurs #345: We all love strawberries.less than a minute ago via web

  • @charliemcdowell: This young man writes Twitter letters to the ladies who live above him. Hilarity ensues.

    Dear Girls Above Me, "The Bible is an actual book you can read? I thought people just did chants and stuff from it." Oh dear God above me.less than a minute ago via web

And things can get really interesting when Twitter users push back and just start making up stuff. Exhibit A: The buzzed-about, Twitter-born love child of Kanye West and "30 Rock" star Tracy Jordan:

I don't think that white people are allowed to use slang until it's at least a year old, Liz Lemon.less than a minute ago via web

Your Take: Which Twitter accounts are most deserving of their own sitcom? Which celebrities most deserve a good, old-fashioned Internet meme? Tweet me @katierogers or @washingtonpost with your ideas using #twittersitcom. I have faith in your knowledge of the absurd -- after all, reader @absolutravi did point me to fake Gary Busey earlier.

By Katie Rogers  | September 29, 2010; 4:19 PM ET
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