Entertainment news is always full of stories about upcoming TV shows. Some of these make you go, “meh”. Some of them make you go, “Oh yeah, that sounds like it might be OK”. And every now and then one comes along that makes you go, “Jesus Christ this sounds like the best thing in the history of forever!” Well, this is one of those times, thanks to Netflix’s announcement of Agent King.
Agent King is an animated series about Elvis Presley. But not about Elvis as we know him: it’s a show that follows Elvis’s adventures as a secret government agent fighting crime and saving the world. While also, according to the press release, “holding down his day job as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
Now. Be honest. Have you ever even heard of a better pitch for a TV show? It’s one of those things that is so brilliant it’s hard to believe that stuffed-shirt executives actually approved it, what with the industry’s strong record of rejecting great ideas. But I guess even dead-eyed businessmen can recognise perfection when they see it. And a cartoon about Elvis battling foreign spies – WITH A JETPACK – is the very definition of perfection.
More reasons to love this show already: it’s co-created by Priscilla Presley, who will bring that added touch of authenticity to this completely, wonderfully insane premise. And the showrunner is Mike Arnold, who used to write for Archer, one of the greatest shows of all time. So all signs are that this will be epic. Not that we needed any behind-the-scenes info to know it would be great: it’s about Elvis as a freaking spy.
The best part is that in real life, Elvis wanted to be a spy. He approached President Nixon and offered to work for the US government informing on subversive rock stars. Which in one way is deeply uncool, but if Nixon had given him a jetpack and sent him to Moscow, I don’t think anyone – including John Lennon – could possibly have objected. Still not sure whether Nixon will be a character in Agent King, but obviously we hope that he will be, and that he’ll be portrayed kind of like the Chief in Get Smart. And that Colonel Tom Parker will be a bit like Agent 99.
Wait, no, that’s not the best part. The best part is that this shows that TV is finally willing to take a punt on truly fresh, innovative concepts. Like, for example, a show where Harold from Neighbours plays a psychotic vigilante cleaning up the streets of Nimbin. Or a sitcom about Shane Warne sharing a flat with Dame Joan Sutherland. You might say these ideas are as crazy as my one about the pregnant private detective whose sidekick is her super-intelligent telepathic foetus. But I say to you: why not? What’s stopping us? Agent King is coming, and it’s going to liberate TV from all its limitations.