Last night, I went to sleep thinking we'd reached a new low here in America with Mr. Simpson's upcoming TV show. I was wrong. I discovered we could still go lower.
I'm wondering about the folks who choose what to put on the tube. Some of them have a grain of sense I guess. This from the NY Times article about the Fox If I Had Done It special:
At least one other network said it had passed on the chance to bid on the TV special because it thought the content was of questionable taste.Although, at least some TV executives are upfront. This is from the Washington Post:
Rebecca Marks, a spokeswoman for NBC Universal Television, said the network passed because "from an advertising point of view, from a public relations point of view, everything, it was impossible."
TV industry executives yesterday expressed shock and awe, and the certainty that everyone in this country would be outraged that O.J. will make big bucks off his ex-wife's murder and Fox will run a promo for the book as a sweeps stunt.We're all whores? Well, that's honest, at least.
Except for their Hollywood colleagues.
"No, not in Hollywood at all, because we're all whores, but in the rest of the country where they have morals -- sure," guessed one such exec, who conceded that the moral, non-Hollywood segment of the country probably would nonetheless tune in by the millions.
"They've really kept this way under wraps," he continued. "Holy [expletive], is that a coup!"
Which pretty much summed up everyone's reaction in TV Land.
"Everybody here in town believes he did it, period, but to have framed the discussion the way Judith has is pretty unique," said the exec, who wants to be anonymous because O.J. is a free man.
And not one of the TV execs was worried Fox might have trouble selling the show to advertisers.
"This is not about advertising -- it's a news coup," one exec said. "It's also great scheduling. Fox is hurting big-time" in the ratings, "getting killed with all their new shows. They're sitting around ready to commit suicide until 'Idol' comes back."
And, I suppose everyone in middle America will tune in to hear how Mr. Simpson would have done it if he had done it. Well, that is, unless they're tuned in to William Shatner and Show Me the Money, which the Washington Post notes has an "exhaustive" set of rules, but "all you need to know is that it involves money and dancing girls and is hosted by William Shatner, who spontaneously boogies."
Yes. That's all I need to know.