Your question is fine since I want to unheave a few things off my
pendulous bosom about this reality TV phenom. I didn't see the first
installment of "American Idol" but heard plenty about it at the cyber
water cooler. Being an open-minded person, I decided to give myself
over to the Idol experience -- the auditions, the website, the fluff
shows, watching religiously every week, etc. Mind you, I only have
this on in the background while I'm working, so it's not the time
suckage that it sounds. It does seem, however, that the Fremantle and
Endomol folks have sold us one big pile o' steaming (?).
If I recall correctly, the influx of these shows coincided with the
anticipated Writer's Guild strike in 2001. It's really quite a shame
that writers in an attempt to get their deserved respect and wages
shot themselves in the proverbial foot. Their earning power was not
only crippled by this but it allowed reality programming to gain a toe
hold with the networks. It's sad how this backfired and dominoed on
all of us. Give me a well-scripted comedy or drama any day of the
week. Maybe even a resurrection of "Meeting of the Minds?"
http://www.csicop.org/si/2001-01/steve-allen.html I do indeed unplug
for two programs only "Six Feet Under" and "The Sopranos" --
otherwise, I'm quite happy at my Capt. Kirk surf station.
As for your question:
Who will win? Clay Aiken
Who should win? Kimberley Locke
Who would've won? Frenchie Davis
Who lost? The American viewer
It was a pleasure assisting you and pinkfreud last weekend with the
History of Marriage on TV Chronology. It gave me a chance to work on
a fun project and reciprocate some much deserved payback to PF who
helps me constantly during the week. I'm proud to call her my
cyberfiend ... I mean friend. If you could have a peek behind the
researcher's curtain, you'd see there's a great deal of caring and
respect we have for one another. In fact, your question will allow me
to donate more generously to one of our members who's hit a bad patch,
so thank you very much for the question and allowing me to pontificate
like a crazy woman.
We very much appreciate customers like you, cryptica, and hope you'll
let us know how the project fares. We also look forward to helping
you with any future research. Let the GARs be your ...
Your humble servant,
Request for Answer Clarification by
24 May 2003 10:24 PDT
Voila -- PinkFreud gets Showtime, so maybe she'd be willing to
tape the show for you. As I've told everybody, I could send you
all copies, but I know that kind of personal interaction is officially
forbidden. still, the offer stands.
As for American Idol, lots of gossip yesterday and in Newsweek over
whether or not the show was "rigged" to have Ruben win. Even Simon
Cowell was quoted as saying that he held back from criticizing Ruben
towards the end because he wanted him to be in the final two.
Clarification of Answer by
25 May 2003 08:50 PDT
Indeed Pinkie is one of my hands in my "get my hands on" reference
although I cringe asking for yet another favor. I owe her a total of
62 beers already.
Yep, I smell Idolgate as well. Clay was hands down the better singer
with wider vocal range and infinitely more versatile. Since the
oddsmakers had this competition so close, I did try to vote on the
final night but it was a constant busy-busy. I do think the fix was
in. With the Frenchie incident, and the other guy whose name escapes
me (no surprise) with police record, I think most of this was staged
for drama -- and very hokie drama at that. Let's hear it for much
See ya soon,