CBS is developing a show tentatively titled Smells Like Teen Spirit with Dave Goetsch, a producer for their hit series The Big Bang Theory. It’s going to be a traditional multi-camera sitcom about an 18-year-old entrepreneur who starts up an internet company with his best friend and his parents, who are aging indie rockers. It’s unclear why this thing has to be called “Smells Like Teen Spirit” other than to piss people off.
The show doesn’t sound like it will be all that horrible, though it sounds like they’re just going to trade out the geek jokes of Big Bang Theory for cheap jokes at the expense of Pitchfork readers and people who own more than five Yo La Tengo records. So, instead of Green Lantern t-shirts, you get Pavement t-shirts. Or, perhaps more likely, Death Cab For Cutie t-shirts.
But ugh, the name of this thing! Doesn’t it sometimes seem as though pop culture is just looking for new ways to make you go “Oh, Kurt Cobain would’ve haaaated that?” Kurt Cobain would’ve haaaaaated this!
Let’s just take this moment to look back on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in these last few months before we all start associating it with some lame CBS sitcom.