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Say No to Cee Lo: 5 Musicians Who Should Get Sitcoms Instead

This past week, it was announced that Cee Lo Green and NBC are working together to develop a new autobiographical sitcom based on and starring the soul singer. This is, of course, a terrible idea. Sure, Cee Lo is a great singer and he's done some acting, but would his life really make a great sitcom? Probably not.


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But these days, NBC's ratings are in the toilet and their sitcom breadwinner, The Office, is ending this season, which means they're desperate to do just about anything to get a hit. Since Cee Lo is already a star on their hit reality show The Voice, NBC is probably thinking that will translate into an awesome sitcom the likes of which the network hasn't seen since the powers that be forced them to cancel Outsourced.

Still, why Cee Lo? Sure, Steven Tyler was a hit on American Idol, but you don't see Fox giving him a slot in Animation Domination (although an animated comedy starring Steven Tyler might actually be pretty funny). There are plenty of musicians whose lives would make great sitcoms though and it's about time that a major network gave some of these people the chance they deserve to be the next Seinfeld. People like...

5. Bob Dylan

Some have called him "Judas." He called them "wussies and pussies." Now Bob Dylan would star in his very own sitcom as your crotchety, cranky old grandpa. Dylan's no stranger to the screen, as we covered earlier in the week, but he's never been very successful. Maybe it's just that he's never found the right role.

This, however, is the role Dylan was born to play. He was bitter enough when he was young, but now that he's old, he's basically Shit My Dad Says as a folk troubadour. And since it worked out so well turning that into a sitcom the first time, why not do it all over again? I mean, NBC is taking their fiftieth chance on a former Friends star this season, so really, why not?

4. Rick Ross

Rick Ross is a lot like Cee Lo in that he's a plus-size black man, which is about as much thought as a major television network puts into anything, so they might as well be the same person to NBC. So why not give Rick Ross a sitcom where he can live out all those fantasies of being a crime lord he talks about in his songs? We've already seen that he's a master of make-believe when it comes to the drug trade. We've also already seen that his lyrics are often downright hysterical in their ludicrous boasts and imaginative claims.

In this new show, Rick Ross could play Rick Ross (the fictional version) and do all those things he talks about in his songs. This would probably end up being a bit of a black comedy, considering how many people Rick Ross has supposedly killed or beaten up, but think of it like The Sopranos meets Arrested Development and it's golden.

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Corey Deiterman