Bar Karma is Will Wright’s First Collaborative TV Show
By David Daw
Current TV has announced that it’s hired Will Wright, creator of such games as The Sims and Spore, to produce a new show for the network. The program, entitled Bar Karma, will begin airing early next year. So what’s the show about? So far all we can really say is that it’s about 30 minutes long. Bar Karma’s Website calls it “A mystical watering hole at the edge of the universe,” but Wright has announced that the storyline of the entire program will be community generated using tools he’s developed for Current TV.
Users can join the Current TV Creation Studios community at current.com/barkarma where they will submit story ideas and communicate with the show’s producers. Based on these ideas the producers will provide a rough outline of the next episode which will then be fleshed out by more ideas from the community and then voted on. Once the community settles on a final idea the producers get to work filming the episode.
In addition to Wright the show is produced and co-created by Albie Hecht, former president of Spike TV and Nickelodeon, and former General Manager of MTV2 David Cohn will serve as executive in charge for the network. Presumably they’ll add some TV experience to Wright’s collaborative know-how.