TV series inspired by Chicago sports team names

January 24, 2012|RedEye

For a moment, soccer fans' hearts might have almost jumped out of their chests Tuesday when they saw the title of one of NBC's new series: "Chicago Fire." Alas, NBC's "Fire" is actually about the Chicago Fire Department, not the Chicago Fire MLS team that plays at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

Someone should give the suits at NBC a slap upside the head for getting our hopes up.

The mis-titled series, though, gave RedEye an idea. What would other TV series really be about if they were named after Chicago sports teams?

Here's how we'd pitch them.

"Chicago Bears"

In the vein of "Meerkat Manor," this documentary would chronicle the lives of the Andean, polar and Malayan Sun Bears housed in the McCormick Bear Habitat at Lincoln Park Zoo. Oooh, what do they eat? Ahhhh, how will they deal with surly zookeepers? It's either that, folks, or a series about the bears of Boystown.

"Chicago Bulls"

It's a reality series looking at the lives of the traders at Chicago Board of Trade. Fortunately, filming started in the fall, so we can see which traders were behind the mocking leaflets dropped on Occupy Chicago protesters. Actually, they probably didn't have the guts to sign the release forms.

"Chicago Blackhawks"

A drama about a gang on the West Side, the Chicago Blackhawks, that attempts to be "The Godfather" of street gangs. It seems no one learned anything from the terribly named fictional gangs of the "Chicago Code." Oh well.

"Chicago Cubs"

Inspired by "Toddlers and Tiaras,""Chicago Cubs" is a gritty drama that attempts to expose the sordid underbelly of the Cub Scouts program in the city. John Cusack, of course, plays the jaded den leader, and Jeremy Piven is a desperate dad who just wants the respect of his 9-year-old.

"Chicago White Sox"

This one's a comedy set in a dry cleaners—where else?—in Wicker Park and the goofy hipsters that run it. You will not believe the hilarity that ensues, especially when the owner is revealed to be—gasp!— Zach Galifianakis. WITHOUT HIS BEARD!

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