Ricky Blitt created the new sitcom The Winner, in which Rob Corddry plays a 32-year-old virgin living with his parents in 1994. The show will track his slow climb towards modern day success, but Blitt bittersweetly explained his inspirations.
Ricky Bliit On The Winner
"I wish to God I didn't have to utter these words, but it is very autobiographical," said Blitt. "Unfortunately, there's a reality I'm dealing with. I was interviewed once and said that I didn't really relate to Glen because I lost my virginity at the precocious young age of 31 instead of 32."
Although few might admit it, Blitt was not alone and he feels it is important to service that crowd on television. "Seinfeld is my all time favorite show. In every episode, a gentleman who looked like myself, George Costanza, was with a hot woman and only a couple of times did they present that ironically. That's the best show ever, but I just said there's something about having a character who's going to take a little while, the way it really works in real life. He loves a girl and in the second episode you're going to realize, oh wait, she's out of his league for now and it's going to take a little while. It's going to happen more the way it happens in real life."
Blitt can thank Corddry's former costar for getting his pitch taken seriously in Hollywood. He tried this pilot once before and got rejected. "One of the things that helped in re-pitching it is The 40-Year-Old Virgin came out about three or four years after I did my pilot, which made this character more palatable. What that movie proved to everybody is: no, we're better than this. It doesn't have to be this wacky way single-cam handles stuff. You can do it the way they did in 40-Year-Old Virgin which is every year it just gets tougher."
That wasn't the first time Blitt got on the virgin kick either. Back in the old days, nobody bought it. "About eight years before the movie The 40-Year Old Virgin, I had pitched a movie, I don't know if people remember Summer of '42. I had pitched a movie The Summer We Were 42 about two 42-year-olds competing to see who would lose their cherry first. And this was the most depressing day of my life. When I would go in to pitch it to executives, they would stop me about a minute in and go, 'How is he a 42-year-old virgin?' And I would have this terrified look for a long time and go, 'Oh, no, no, you're right. Maybe one of them hit his head on the pavement The other one made a pact with the mob he couldn't use his penis until he was 43. I don't even know why that would be but you're right, in our physical universe, how could he be a virgin?'
So support Ricky Blitt and watch The Winner, premiering March 4 on Fox.