Monday, August 6th, 2001:

My thought for today:

As I sit here in my living room, sort of watching Fear Factor, I’m sounding off about what’s going on behind that old idiot box. Is it just me, or are these reality shows nothing more than desparate attempts by broadcasters to figure out what their dwindling audience wants?

Case in point: I was recently talking to a Comedy Network exec about CTV’s Groundbreaker initiative, who told me in the same breath that what they’re looking for is something that would “push the envelope” yet “appeal to a broad audience”. Maybe I’m an idiot, but so far in my ten years of showbiz the two have been mutually exclusive.

A less likely scenario is that broadcasters know exactly what’s going on, that the Internet has democratized media for all. But if this were the case, it would explain shows like Fear Factor; they’re making us eat buffalo testicles as punishment!

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