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Bravo considering drama about Coke-Pepsi wars of the 1980s

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The Cola Wars of the 1980s: worthy of a scripted drama?

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New Coke. Classic Coke. The Pepsi Challenge. “Coke is It!” “Choice of the New Generation.” Ray Charles. Michael Jackson’s hair on fire. Whitney Houston promoting Diet Coke.

Ah… the 1980s Cola Wars. Fun times, eh?

Billy Joel even referenced it in his 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Bravo, seeking to expand into scripted programming, has put in development a workplace drama set in the 1980s in New York during the those crazy competitive times, according to Deadline.com.

diet coke whitneyThe network has not greenlit any drama series just yet, but to have a series in which Atlanta-based Coca Cola is part of the action would be quite cool. “Mad Men” this is not. The 1980s were far tackier than that! But who of a certain age doesn’t want to re-live New Coke?

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11 comments Add your comment

sana

October 26th, 2012
11:13 am

sounds interesting….NOT!

Shannon

October 26th, 2012
11:30 am

If it’s well written, it could be a lot of fun. I moved to Atlanta in ‘85 and remember the “Cola Wars”. The day I set foot in this town I became a loyal Coke fan and it’s all I drink to this day. Gotta support the home town businesses!

sana

October 26th, 2012
11:59 am

How much Coke u drink a day?

Dum-Bass

October 26th, 2012
12:27 pm

Anybody who thinks coke tastes better than pepsi should have their head examined. Seriously? Pepsi has a little “bite” to it, coke is mostly flat and bland. The one major thing I noticed about pepsi years ago is the fact it still taste good, and the same, after eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Coke has a “weird” bitter taste after chocolate. I have to drink “caffeine free” due to a major stomach problem years ago, and my doctor said “no caffeine for you, ever! ” The only time I buy caffeine-free coke is if they are out of caffeine-free pepsi where I shop for groceries. It’s “PEPSI” THE ONE WITH THE BETTER TASTE”!

Atlantarama

October 26th, 2012
1:09 pm

REAL Coke blows away Pepsi (no pun intended). Unfortunately, high fructose corn syrup has ruined the taste of Coca Cola. I can easily tell the difference when I drink Kosher Coke (when it’s available). Mexican Coke also uses sugar, but I think it has an odd taste.

The higher-ups at Coke might wonder why fewer people are drinking regular sodas anymore…it’s not just due to health reasons; it’s because the substitute they use for sugar is too sweet and leaves an awful after-taste.

Pepsico rep

October 26th, 2012
1:24 pm

Dum-bass: your check is in the mail. And, your handle is apropos.

The drooling viewers will demand more of these riveting dramas. A chronicle of Scott’s versus Pennington! Downey v. Snuggle! The Northern bear v. Mr. Whipple! The possibilities are endless.

Pepsico rep

October 26th, 2012
1:29 pm

An aside: how about an expose’ about Coke spent millions to lobby against GMO labeling? Nahhh, can’t have that!

Pepsico rep

October 26th, 2012
1:29 pm

JTesla

October 26th, 2012
1:44 pm

I lived through the Coke-Pepsi “wars”, they weren’t all that exciting. Except when a Coke terrorist set Michael Jacksons hair on fire, that’s what happened right? It was part of the war? If not, then there was nothing worth making a drama about.

Richard Parrilla

October 27th, 2012
10:52 am

Where was RC Cola in all this?? Sleeping? Ain’t that the pride of Columbus?

Patrick

October 30th, 2012
2:45 pm

I like them both equally, although I tend to be more biased towards Coke than Pepsi. Mexican Coke does contain real sugar, but that’s why it tastes so funny. You’re so used to the HFCS in American Coke, that using real sugar makes it taste not as sweet. I buy Mexican Coke when I can.

Luckily I was too young to have experienced New Coke. I remember for the longest time Coke went back to the old formula and labeled their cans and bottles “Coca-Cola Classic”. I remember the glass bottles with the thin, foam-like labels, the kind that were easy to peel off. I always tried to peel them to wind up with a “bracelet” at the bottom.

You think New Coke was bad? Remember Pepsi Clear? No? Count yourself lucky. A friend of mine bought some, and I tried some. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything that made me so close to throwing up than that, besides some medicine I had to take when I was 4, and it was formulated to cause regurgitation.