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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.

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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??