Written by K.C. Bell
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Topics: Public, MSNBC

Monday, 9 January 2006

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Testing the ratings.

The newly advertised Maury and Connie Weekend news program on MSNBC has been cancelled after the first episode. The super saccharine content of the promotional ads were sufficient to send the entire viewing television public into a diabetic coma. The battle of the sexes, conservative versus liberal format may have been futuristic and progressive in the 60's, but today it remains a tired issue. Perhaps this type of program would be more appropriate in Iraq, Pakistan or Afghanistan, where women still wear burkas and men reign supreme and television tastes are not quite as sophisticated, but in the United Sates, give it a rest. Gratefully, they did not wrap themselves in the American flag when they announced their mutual approval of their Splenda rush message. But they equally came pretty close.

While some countries may not be ready for reruns of, Yes, Prime Minister or Seinfeld, reruns of the '70s series, That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas, were running fast and furious a couple of years ago in Nairobi, Kenya. An added peculiar distraction about watching a That Girl episode from the '70s in the middle of Africa, is that Marlo Thomas looked exactly the same today as she did thirty years ago. It's either the case of a Dorian Gray portrait in her attic or those bangs. Bangs appear to keep people ageless and innocent. They work well for Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Bill Gates, Goldie Hawn and Tom Cruise. If Saddam Hussein had bangs, his case would be dismissed. Maybe lobbyist Abramoff might consider the bangs route, and are bangs in DeLay's future?

Judging from the number of congressmen and senators entangled with Abramoff, perhaps MSNBC might consider a reality type program somewhere between The Apprentice and Survivor titled The Pay Off. Each episode would deal with a new/different pay off to a new/different congressman or senator. Apparently, even President Bush received an envelope. Certainly, the series would extend for at least 52 weeks. It could prove to be an excellent civics class tool for Democracy in action, and should serve as an immediate export to Iraq where the Iraqis can view how Democracy works and what to soon expect.

Adding more dynamite to the airways, why not partner James Caravelle with Joan Rivers to host The Pay Off series. One could fuel the gossip link, the other politics.

No bangs necessary.

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