Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I Want to Know

You know those articles you read every now and then, in magazines like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, in which an intrepid reporter provides a very in-depth look at something you never knew you wanted to know more about? Like what it's like to be a breakfast fry cook at a huge Las Vegas restaurant, or be George Clooney, or be a chef whose lost his sense of taste? I have one I want someone to write. (I'd write it, but that would require research. And work).

Was flipping through the channels last night and came across on one of the HBOs Ed. Ed was a vehicle for Matt LeBlanc about a baseball playing chimp. I've never seen Ed. But I understand it to be a very bad movie that no one liked when it was released, that no one has ever liked in an ironic way, and that has never become any kind of cult film. It's just a dumb movie that you forget. And yet, with thousands of movies in the world, HBO was showing it. Why? Are there studio politics at play? Is there some kind of movie payola going on? Is it a cost thing - do channels have to show crap because the good stuff is expensive? I would really like to know how HBO, or TNT, or TBS, or USA, picks movies to show - whose job is it, what is the process like, what masters do they have to answer to.

Wouldn't that be a great article? Want to write it?

Until Whenever


Roger Green said...

I always assumed that HBO shows those movies because they came in a package. "You can show Schindler's List, but you'll also have to show Ed." But I'm not looking it up either.

Tosy And Cosh said...

Let's ask Mikey to do it. He'll do anything.