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September 21, 2010

"$#*! My Dad Says" Transitions to Television

By Erin Monda, TMCnet Contributor

Internet freedoms don’t always translate over so well into television shows.But this will hopefully not be the case with the popular Twitter feed “$#*! My Dad Says.”

The feed, started by a fellow named Justin Halpern, was originally an amateur attempt catalog his father’s bizarre comments about random subjects. The feed was started back in 2009 and was intended only as an outlet to store Halpern’s father’s questionable commentary.

But when comedian Rob Corddry Tweeted about the link, things went into overdrive.

In less than a month, the page was mentioned by The Daily Show, a popular San Francisco blog called Laughing Squid and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Kristen Bell.

As of today, the feed had nearly 1,717,319 followers.And I can see why. Here are a few examples of the charming gems that can be found on the feed, which have been edited for your perusal:

“Put the rake down. I don't wanna sit around watching you 'give it your best.' Either stop sucking or get the [expletive] out of the way."

“No. Humans will die out. We're weak. Dinosaurs survived on rotten flesh. You got [incontinence] last week from a Wendy's."

"I didn't say you were ugly. I said your girlfriend is better looking than you, and standing next to her, you look ugly."

Like any good entrepreneur, Halpern sought out a way to make his little idea into a big one. According to the associated Facebook (News - Alert) group, Halpern signed a deal with Harper Collins in Oct. of 2009. The book, based on the feed, reached #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week.

Five weeks after its release, the book was #1 on the list.

But the transition to television may not be as painless as the one to print. There are not many shows out there that have asterisks and pound signs in the titles, after all – who knows how the public (or DVR systems) will react?

Despite these reservations, a television sitcom by the same name, starring Bill Shatner (who else?) has been green lighted by CBS and will air in the 2010-2011 season.

Erin Monda recently graduated from W.C.S.U. with a degree in professional writing. She primarily writes about network technologies, including cloud computing, virtualization and network optimization, however she also has a focus on E911 technologies and legislation.

Edited by Erin Monda