I watched the most brilliant post-reality reality show last night: Anchorwoman. Hoping to boost ratings, a local Fox station in Texas hires Lauren Jones, a blonde bimbo as their new anchorwoman. The series cuts straight to the action, mercifully sparing us the three judges and the parade-of-contestants schtick. Instead, it focuses on what the local team does when Big Tits shows up for work.
Hilarity ensues, of course, but there’s much more to it than that. The series completely takes apart the pretensions of news. You know, the idea that anchors are more than pretty faces and are real reporters au fait with the issues, who write and report and blah blah blah. Kind of daring that any network would not only hold one of its own affiliates up to this kind of scrutiny and ridicule but, more importantly, dare to question the sacred cow / cash cow that is News. But then Fox doesn’t have much of a News rep to lose. They deserve more credit because they have been the pioneers of the news as infotainment virus thats all over TV.
And amazing that they should be the ones to turn the movie Network into a reality show.
– Fenton Bailey