The likes of The Singing Office and the show where they lend babies to people have shown that the wellspring of creativity at this nation’s television stations is running even drier than usual these days, so anything that shows even the slightest flicker of inspiration is greatly appreciated. Which is why you should know that it’s OK to get excited by Primary Wave Music Publishing’s announcement that it’s shopping an animated program starring John Oates’ mustache.
While it seems like much of the show’s material might be lifted from episodes of Yacht Rock, hey, it’s stil la cartoon about a singer’s facial hair.
As laid out in a two-minute trailer, Oates is portrayed as a modern-day family man and finds himself enticed back to the rock star life by his mustache, which is voiced by comedian Dave Attell…
It will portray Oates opening a new wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that focuses on mustachioed musicians.
Suddenly, a dying David Crosby appears and with his last breath warns Oates of a mysterious secret group of mustache wearers bent on killing other mustache wearers. As actor Tom Selleck attempts to escape from the latest murder scene, Oates summons his own mustache with a fist pump that simultaneously changes his clothes from conservative attire to pink pants and white boots.
“This could go straight onto a network or we could launch it on the Web and then take it to a network,” Duby says. As one network executive who has seen the trailer says, “These guys are approaching the publishing business from a new angle. They’re taking rich copyrights and doing something innovative with them.”
Something about the proposed pilot makes this entire news story seem like somewhat of a kayfabe, but we can dream of a day when an animated, pink-pants-clad version of John Oates is wrestling Tom Selleck. Wait, maybe I don’t want to actually dream about that. Either way, this has the potential to be my favorite cartoon since the Ed Grimley Show.
In honor of this development, here are a few videos where the Oates mustache really shines:
Oates, Mustache Make Cartoon Crime-Fighting Team [Billboard]