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No debate

I love a Craig Ferguson show, and his new series on History Channel, Join or Die, is no exception.

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Craig along with three celebrities from various walks of life debate different topics and, with the studio audience’s assistance, crown a champion. Recent topics have included greatest unexplained phenomena, greatest gangster, history’s dumbest mistake, you get the idea.

This week they tackled history’s best founding father. The panelists were actor Fred Willard, comedian Jo Koy, and journalist Joel Stein. The founding father choices? George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

Now, I don’t expect the panelists to do excessive research in preparation for the show, but the dismissive comments they made about John Adams’ contribution to the founding of this country made me realize…

They hadn’t even watched the movie or stage version of 1776.

Take away their citizenship. Right. Now.

George Washington won, by the way. Shocker.

See thru

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Or pick their noses or walk around naked…or watch Swamp People on the History Channel.

No one should watch that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ‘transparent house’ is located in Tokyo.  Designed by Sou Fujimoto architects, the multi-level structure occupies 914 square feet and features lots of ramps and cool built-ins.

And glass walls.

Now, your first concern might be the lack of privacy.  And sure, there aren’t that many solid walls in the place.  But I think you would get used to the constant exposure.

The Internet has prepared us for that, right?

Personally, I would be more concerned about the light.  Unless the photos are hiding retractable awnings or shades, the sun would be your almost constant companion.

So. Much. Light.

The vampire in me says no.

Really?

Swamp People.

Really, History Channel?

This is the type of program that meets your “high standards of integrity?”

The Kennedys mini-series was beneath you, deemed not worthy for air.  But a reality show about a month-long alligator hunt in the bayou is up to snuff?

Sure.  That makes sense.

Learning the top secret recipe for “goo-goo” juice — a special gator bait — certainly seems more historically relevant than examining a political dynasty like the Kennedys.

And while the Kennedys were a lively bunch, you didn’t often find them in the swamp, racing their speedboats and wrestling alligators to the death.

Nothing like ugly animal death to help ratings, huh, History Channel?  And we already know how The Kennedys ends.

Plus, a reality show is real — no need to worry about the facts being tampered with there.  Am I right??

Riiiiiiight.

Reelzies

Finally — truth in advertising!

That’s the unusual approach Reelz Channel is using to promote The Kennedys miniseries premiering April 3rd.

No promise of great performances or exacting historical detail.  Nothing about the content of the program at all, in fact.

Reelz strategy?

Simple exclamations of surprise that the darn thing is airing at all.

“The mini-series  you thought you’d never see on television…”

The most controversial mini-series of our time…”

Yep…that sounds about right.  After the miniseries was deemed “unfit for the History Channel brand,”  it looked like it might languish on a shelf somewhere sight unseen.  But Reelz, whose desire for new subscribers outweighs any pesky ideals, snatched it up.

And now their ads reflect what the audience is no doubt thinking…which is kinda brilliant really.

It makes me wonder:  what would some movie trailers sound like if they took the same tact — honestly over hyperbole?

Films like…

  • Red Riding Hood — “The director of Twilight brings you this shot-by-shot rip-off of Twilight…hoping that the fans of Twilight will come see this classic fairy tale be retold Twilight-style.  There is a wolf, after all.  And Gary Oldman.  He’s scary.”
  • Jane Eyre “Yet another version of the classic you’ve no doubt seen several times already.  Except these actors are even better looking, and we’ve made them look even plainer. Come see the makeup.”
  • The Adjustment Bureau — “Matt Damon.  Emily Blunt.  Men in cool hats.  Lots of running in New York City.  We don’t have to work too hard to sell this film because you’ll come anyway.  Did we mention the cool hats, right?”

I don’t know.  I just spent only a few moments on these tag lines, and I’m kinda liking them.

Can this the start of something honest??