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A Quora thread is getting its own show. What other Quora questions would make compelling TV?

By David Holmes , written on October 23, 2014

From The News Desk

Having already tapped Tumblr and Twitter for television show ideas, Hollywood is looking to a less-likely source for inspiration: The Q & A site Quora.

According to Variety, producer Josh C. Kline is pitching production companies on an idea he found in a Quora thread below the question, “If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?”

Yeah, it's the kind of question asked by the kid in the dorm room smoke circle that nobody likes. Nevertheless, one answer caught Kline's eye. Jon Davis, a retired US Marine Sergeant, wrote a dystopian, dramatized account of the "Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period," which reminds the Variety writer of World War Z, but to me reads more like "The Stand" or "The Road."

Quora reportedly will not reap any of the profits from a potential deal, something the company is just fine with, a spokesperson tells Variety. Considering Quora doesn't have any profits to speak of, and considering the trend of social media sites like Whisper offering up their posts to content partners, it may want to rethink that strategy.

In any case, the whole thing makes me wonder: What other Quora questions and answers would make good TV shows?

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Sarah Jessica Parker plays a detective whose chief, as punishment for her devil-may-care attitude toward following the rules, gives her a new partner she won't soon forget in "Tiger Cop."

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In "Boat Vs. Pasta," Jerry Seinfeld is joined by a new comedic guest each week to drive around in a car and debate whether or not there are more types of boats or types of pasta. This gives Seinfeld the opportunity to say words like "schooner" and "ditalini" in a silly voice and on repeat, which is kind of his thing.

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Well, my friend, let Tom Selleck show you in "Cool Dad"...

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In the vein of FX's "Wilfred," "Fat Cats" stars Matthew Fox as a Wall Street banker with a morbidly obese cat who appears to him as a man in a giant cat suit. Kevin James plays the cat.

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A serial killer series that makes "Dexter" look like "Sesame Street."

[illustration by Brad Jonas]