Anchorwoman has Texas town talking
On August 21 at 8:00 p.m., FOX will debut Anchorwoman, a comedy/reality TV program focusing on a swimsuit model who moves to the quiet community of Tyler, Texas to try her hand at local news reporting.
As a twist, the series will take place in an actual newsroom, KYTX-TV, a CBS affiliate. Actual newspersons will appear on the program, which has many people in the community asking if this is such a good idea.
Many feel that in an age when journalism is being slammed for focusing more on entertainment than information, making a local news station the center of a comedy is not the best idea in the world. Phil Hurley, the station president and general manager of KYTX, says it's only a comedy series that happens to be shooting in his station. Folks within the station's broadcast area can find out for themselves this evening when former WWE vixen and star of Anchorwoman Lauren Jones makes her debut on KYTX.
While I don't want to see a small town exploited for cheap laughs, my main concern as a viewer is whether or not this series will be funny. If nothing else, I think it would be cool if Stormy the Weather Dog became the breakout character and wound up with his own series.
Look for Anchorwoman to debut August 21 and then slip into its permanent timeslot of Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on August 28.