I couldn't believe my eyes. I was channel-surfing over the weekend, when I came upon a game show on MTV. Six college-age contestants were sitting at a library table eating bad-tasting donuts. The object was not to make a sound.
The show is called Silent Library, and it is, as these things are, based on a Japanese game show. Just to let you know what we're dealing with here, one of the challenges titled "Old Soup" reportedly includes a contestant lying on the floor while a trembling old man eats hot soup above his or her head.
This year's Oscar nominations have been announced. I'm indifferent at best to most of the noms and downright hostile to others. (I simply cannot be convinced that The Blind Side is a good movie. No way, no how, no hammy "You threaten my son, you threaten me.")
All of this to say that, Silent Library aside, I much prefer TV. This week is a biggie. Lost began its final season and, boy, is my brain tired. On Thursday at 8 p.m.,
WKNO-TV's Southern Routes unveils a new regular segment based on the Memphis magazine column "Ask Vance." There's also the Super Bowl and the Tim Tebow Focus on the Family ad, though, in truth, I probably won't watch either.
More potentially intriguing TV comes via Nashville, where the Tea Party Nation will hold its first convention this weekend. After complaints about shutting out all but select media, organizers announced that, in addition to airing Sarah Palin's keynote speech, they'll broadcast other parts of the convention.
Should be a hoot, as they don't call it "party" for nothing. The Tea Party Nation, not to be confused with the Tea Party Patriots (those fakers), is, according to its website, "a user-friendly group of like-minded people who desire our God given Individual Freedoms which were written out by the Founding Fathers. We believe in Limited Government, Free Speech, the 2nd Amendment, our Military, Secure Borders, and our Country!"
I'm a sucker for exclamation points, so I'll definitely tune in. Will they air the presentation "Correlations Between the Current Administration and Marxist Dictators of Latin America"?
Keep your fingers crossed.
NBC anchor Brian Williams makes $10 million a year; Katie Couric at CBS makes $15 million; Diane Sawyer at ABC makes $12 million; Anderson Cooper at CNN makes $10 million. The average starting salary for a reporter in television news is about $28,000 a year. Can you imagine the kind of news coverage we could get if CNN spent, say, half of Cooper's salary on reporters and researchers?
Which leads me to put on my Dr. Phil face and say what has to be said: It's time for Memphis and Shelby County to start seeing other people. We've tried for years to patch things up, to come to some sort of mutual understanding, but we need to admit that we have irreconcilable differences. We don't even know each other any more ...