The tabloid shows: Still sleazy, still ridiculous, still lame
Several months ago I made a promise that I was never going to watch the daily tabloid shows again. And I held on to that promise for a long time, and didn't watch Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood or the other shows. Until last night, that is. I wanted to see if there was any news on the Owen Wilson story (though these shows claiming they have "breaking news" is truly laughable in this day of the web and instant info). I just want to report that these shows are still disgusting, ridiculous, and sleazy.
Example: On The Insider, Pat O'Brien showed clips of the hospital, with Samuel L. Jackson arriving and also Owen Wilson's brothers driving in a car to or from the place. And then they show "last known photos of the actor" (taken, um, August 8), and O'Brien describes Wilson as "running his hand through his hair," and you see Wilson with a serious look on his face. O'Brien is clearly implying that they can decipher something from a quick photo taken weeks ago on some street. Give me a break.
And the whole "last known photo of the actor." What the hell? He didn't die, he didn't mysteriously vanish. What does a photo taken almost four weeks ago have to do with anything?
It's rather bizarre what drives these shows. There was a time when you could actually turn on Entertainment Tonight and get some good movie information, some good interviews, some good movie reviews from Leonard Maltin (remember those?). Now it's all sleaze and drama and gossip. Who's doing drugs, who's out of control, who's sleeping with who and why (exclusive photos! Zac Efron and girlfriend on the beach!). They're the type of shows that will have these big "investigative reports" on how the pressures of Hollywood can force young women to starve themselves and make themselves sick, and then the very next night have an interview with Cameron Diaz and ask "how did you lose so much weight so fast, you look great!"
There aren't many shows on TV - no matter how lame they are - that make you want to shower after watching them. These shows do.