Bob Cohen options 'Dysfunctional Flight Attendant'
As thousands of Americans take to the skies this weekend — after being subjected to those controversial security checks — TV vet Bob Cohen sees a comedy there.Cohen, whose resume spans from PBS and KTLA to Barris Industries and Palladium Entertainment, has optioned the rights to the novel in blog format “Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant” to turn into a scripted series. Book, penned by Ellen Simonetti, takes a look at the humorous and surreal world of the pilots, flight attendants and crew that make up the airline industry. Given the growing hatred many Americans feel about flying — particularly with the recent headlines surrounding intrusive TSA policies — Cohen said he sees the show as a half-hour or hour “Office”-like workplace comedy. “An airplane and air travel is almost a metaphysical suspension of reality and a natural vehicle for comedy,” he said. Cohen is currently meeting with writers on the project. Networks have recently been turning their attention to flight. The CW aired the reality show “Fly Girls,” centered on Virgin America flight attendants, last year; ABC has the period piece “Pan Am,” about 1960s-era airline employees, in development; and CBS is developing the comedy “Homeland Insecurity,” about bumbling airport security workers. Cohen has served as a managing partner at the August Media Co. since 1990. August Media was behind the WB project “Starlet” as well as Spike TV’s “The Naked Truth” and the U.K. format “Absolute Bonkers.”