ABC's American Idol Expose Exposes Sad Truth - ABC is Desperate. Very Desperate.
Tonight's American Idol Expose on ABC didn't reveal anything new or shocking about the show. What it did reveal, however, was a very sad and sorry truth - ABC is desperate for viewers, and they have no idea how to attract them.
The Mickey Mouse network has been hyping this Idol scoop for over a week now, teasing in promos that a "shocking secrets" will be revealed, including one involving a sexual affair between former contestant Corey Clark and Paula Abdul. Well guess what? That was the only "secret" involving American Idol that they had to reveal, and it wasn't even a secret!
For the millions of viewers who tuned in hoping to learn other juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits, there was a silver lining - these viewers were treated to a firsthand, up-close and personal look at how godawful terrible ABC is at covering a news story. ABC took a story that should have gotten 5 minutes of press and stretched it out to an hour. The message is simple: Corey Clark says he slept with Paula. He probably did. Oh, and by the way, he has a new album coming out, and there is a song on it about Paula.
I can only scratch my head and wonder, is the ABC network really this bad, or does the Mouse own a share of the record label putting out Clark's big debut? Because honestly, based on the performance I saw tonight, I think my high school AV club could put together a better news program. One clip that went something like, "Q: You had sex with Paula? A: Yes I did," was played over and over, for what had to be at least a dozen times. They interviewed contestants that didn't even make the final cut to get their reactions. "Q: Would it have made a difference if you had help picking out your clothes? A: Yes! Oh, definitely! If I had that, I would have probably won!"
The ABC "expose" really was that bad. It was dull, it was repetitive, and was at times non-sensical. They spent maybe 10 minutes getting Corey Clark's buddies' reactions - all of which were "Sweeeeeet!" (and justifiably so.) Newsflash, ABC: It doesn't take 10 minutes to convey that his buddies were jealous. You could have easily spent a mere 20 seconds on that, then used the 9 minutes and 40 seconds that you saved to promote his upcoming CD - after all, you were only able to work in a measley 15 minutes worth of that.
Posted by jkhat at May 4, 2005 10:27 PM
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|# May 5th, 2005 9:45 AM JohnTant|
|First, I want the hour of my life back that I spent researching this. After seeing oh so many creepy promo photos of Corey Clark (that I called "promographs" back in my PR days), I really really need a shower.
I can only scratch my head and wonder, is the ABC network really this bad, or does the Mouse own a share of the record label putting out Clark's big debut?
Corey Clark's record will be released on "his" CDC Music label. The story mentions a production agreement with Bungalo Records and Universal Music Group (Bungalo Records is exclusively distributed by UMG.).
Universal Music Group is (or was) a subsidiary of Vivendi (a French company...figures), which Vivendi turned over to...General Electric...of which NBC is a subsidiary. In fact, Vivendi Universal and NBC merged in 2003.
So at first blush, it would appear ABC is really that bad.. I'm not sure if that's good or not.
|# May 5th, 2005 1:23 PM james|
|heh, youre not going to believe this, john, but i looked up the same thing last night. so did kris. talk about duplication of effort.
and you are right, it was very creepy, and quite painful
|# May 5th, 2005 9:52 PM Dana|
|I thought that their "evidence" was actually weak. That phone message from Paula could have been made after he was kicked off the show two years ago. If she truly left messages specific to this "tell-all" Primetime event, then why didn't Corey save those? All he saved was her saying "Don't talk to the press." and telling him not to get upset. I think she called him two years ago. I also think that he is sleazy and smarmy. He couldn't even give a plausible explanation as to why he decided to go public with this now. Of course, we know the reason why now. |