Television News Now in Assorted Flavors
Any one of the following tid bits of news would not have stood on their own as front page worthy news. Hell, let's be honest ... on a day when there was much else to talk about this would be forum fodder, but it's slow and we got time. So, let's talk about Buffy, 24, Joe Millionaire, and Donahue.
First, thanks go to Reuters for all this 'news'.
- On the heels of having his show appropriately cancelled, liberal embarrassment Donahue waxed petulant of the decision by MSNBC and issued a strongly worded protest e-mail (the method 9 out of 10 lazy protesters choose) in which he said, "We were hoping to break through the noisy drums of war on cable and become a responsible platform for dissenters as well as administration supporters" ... I'll wait until you stop laughing. Ok, ready? Galvinizing as many as seven people to his cause, Donahue's protest was taken very seriously by MSNBC. His e-mail is very important to MSNBC. If he stays on the line an MSNBC representative will take his protest very soon. We thank Donahue for his patience and hope that he will continue to hold. His e-mail is very important to MSNBC....
- Fox broadcasting, known for its quick to cancel policy, has at least been bright enough to pick up 24 for a third season. It must have been a tough decision for Fox considering that 24 is the fifth highest rated drama on television at the moment among 18-49 year olds who, as we all know, watch SUV ads and then buy SUVs which is kind of the whole point of television anyway.
Fox, who won sweeps month with the age group, has also devised a secret way to bring back 'Joe Millionaire'. How you might ask? Well you wouldn't be the only one asking. Fox Entertainment Group Chairman Sandy Grushow "declined to say in a conference call when the new "Millionaire" would run or how Fox could maintain the storybook fiction for a new group of contestants, but he promised to remain true to the "values" of the original." That's right, folks, he is working on the presumption that the first had values of somekind. I can only presume he is talking about values like 1,000,000, or zero, or even 18-49 years.
- Joss Whedon, producer and writer for several quality shows like Angel, and sacrificial lamb Firefly, has begun to accept the inevitable end to his UPN show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show which finishes its seventh and final season in May with an hourlong finale titled "Chosen", had its fate pretty much sealed when Sarah Michelle Gellar confirmed this week that she was not returning for another season. Unlike X-Files creator Cris Carter, Whedon seems saavy enough to recognize that, for most people, when the star of a show leaves there's not much point in watching anymore. However, that doesn't necessarily mean the end, as UPN executives have expressed interest in a spinoff show and Whedon, who presumably would rather have money than not, appears willing. To which, I ask, what if one of Firefly's crew members turned out to be a vampire ... huh? Huh?