Monday, June 08, 2009

LKL covers reality TV (twice)

Tonight “The View’s” Joy Behar, sitting in for Larry King (on CNN's LKL), interviewed Joan Rivers and others about reality TV. One of the most important points its that networks find it so much “cheaper” than scripted television (and I notice that FinalDraft has different formats for television than for film). They discussed the childish behavior of some of the contestants on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Yes, a number of celebrities are prima donnas and don’t like teamwork that much. (Troy McClain, remember, in Season 1 of the regular Apprentice, took humiliation for his team.)

But another program last week with Larry King had discussed the aftermath of reality television, including over twenty suicides of people who had been on reality TV. Producers don’t screen applicants for underlying psychological disorders that could cause them to snap later; they just concern themselves with behavior on the set. The commentators mentioned that the Internet has made it harder: a lot of people don’t realize what it will be like to live in the limelight, perhaps drag other family members in, and deal with the constant flaming on the Internet.

I’ve been “flamed” a few times, most notably in 2000 when someone took offense to my review of the Sebastian Junger’s “Perfect Storm” and didn’t like the comments I made about the crew’s having to deliver the goods or not get paid – as if I were the cause of it. People do misinterpret what others say and the intentions of others on the Web all the time. John Stossel got hammered for his “You Can’t Talk About That” on 20/20 (some of the comments on ABC’s boards were very nasty) – but he is a real celebrity. Imagine how an “amateur” feels when encountering the same thing.

Also, Dan Rather discussed the situation with the two female journalists sentenced in North Korea.

The show also showed a piece of Newt Gingrich's speech (regarding Sarah Palin) where he said "I am not a citizen of the world. I think that the concept is intellectually weak and dangerous."

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