|This would be like a current network series|
starring Gérard Depardieu, Michael Caine and
George Clooney. Hey, I smell a movie franchise!
|This guy went to Harvard.|
Shame. Has any commercial network felt anything remotely like that in the years since? Jeff Zucker, NBC's former boy wonder, admitted in so many words that pride had no place at the peacock network. For the first time, a network head stated that he didn't care about ratings -- for him, it was all about the profit. And the quickest way to make a profit was to produce cheap "reality" programming where you didn't have to pay unnecessary people like actors and writers. Talk about your dreams coming true -- in no time, NBC was in sixth place behind Univision, the Spanish-language network. The Tao of Zucker had worked. NBC was making money while becoming a bottom-feeder itself. (He's currently working his magic at CNN, which is receiving ratings roughly a quarter of Fox News'. Atta boy, Jeff. Keep up the good work and you'll be behind MSNBC in no time!)
|But can Carson Daly place a candle|
atop a cake without knocking it over?
If you've ever wondered how far "reality" programming would devolve, all you need to do is read a piece published earlier this week on the Deadline:Hollywood site:
Bravo Media has greenlighted limited half-hour unscripted series The People’s Couch to air Sundays at 11:30 PM on October 6, October 13 and October 20. Based on the UK show, Gogglebox, The People’s Couch features real people watching and commenting on popular shows and news from the past week. The series will focus on the Fall television season by showcasing avid TV watchers in their homes, as they laugh, cry, talk, gasp, and scream at their TVs watching the network’s new and returning shows.
|Man, does this look like appointment-television.|
To put it another way, people at home will watch a TV show about people watching TV at home. This isn't meta. This is uber-meta. Meta-meta. You can be sure that if it's successful -- and if The Biggest Loser, a series about fat people losing weight is a hit, why wouldn't this be? -- the initial three-episode run will expand in the spring for 13 episodes, followed by a 26-week pick-up in the fall.
Continuing with the Deadline:Hollywood piece, “The People’s Couch is a funny, unfiltered comment on America’s current TV viewing habits,” said Bravo’s VP development Lara Spotts. "Funny"? I'd go with "sad." And as for "unfiltered" -- that's why we have a Brita water filter: so we don't have to consume the gunk.
Bravo, if you haven't guessed, is owned by NBC. We have seen the wasteland and it is in living color, HD and stereo sound.