oh yeah, I also wanted to mention the show at UPN. a few of the other crew and i had a good talk about it on thursday, which felt great, because it made me realize that I wasn't the only one with serious problems with the show. I first summarized it as 'nepotism gone bad',
but it goes beyond that.
my initial fear that the guests wouldn't be quality has proved ill founded. the guests are fine. i'm not sure that they all have an appeal beyond st. louis, but the guests are great. it's the format (as a friend pointed out) and the hosts that have problems. Okay, let me correct that slightly. neither host is informed about the guests they have on, but despite that, one host does an okay job, the other one just acts dumb and can be pretty offensive. it's prettyweird.
frankly, I find it to be slightly embarrassing programming, but hey, it's good experience, and I don't really feel like I'm doing harm to anyone by producing crap media because I have no doubt that this show is going to die by it's own hand. Either that, or change so drastically
that it might actually be better, and then i'll re-evaluate.
i'm enjoying doing some studio shooting and getting paid for it, so i don't really mind that it's crap right now. maybe eventually i would, but so far, i don't care. it's a fun environment, maybe more so because the product sucks. sometimes you can learn a lot by seeing something
done the wrong way.