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APOCALYPSE WATCH: The Weather Channel’s New Reality Show Fat Guys in the Woods

UJA-Federation's 2014 Digital Media Award CelebrationPaging Jim Cantore and Sam Champion: Please pick up the white courtesy phone. America has a question for you, “Is this the end of the world as we know it?” 

Typically, one could go to The Weather Channel for local reports, airline backups, and the occasional meteorological quip from any generic host. Some joke about “it’s hail out there” or something that would cause one to groan — if they were paying attention.

Then, Jim Cantore (bald guy on the left) became a thing of legend. He wanted to be the guy in the eye of the storm. That followed Sam Champion (always pretty guy on the right) leaving his post at GMA and getting his own show at The Weather Channel.

Then, capitalism. And that’s when it got really good.

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‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Was Only a Dream Come True 40% of the Time

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Chef Gordon Ramsay has approximately 1,649 shows on TV. Okay, perhaps that is an overstatement, but it’s close. Between his monopolizing BBC America and FOX with original and remake programming, you would think this chef can do no wrong.

As a foodie, I know anyone who wasn’t a cafeteria lady or a hospital cook on a reality show looking for those precious 15 minutes of fame will act like Chef Ramsay is “just a dude.” However, someone who really loved cooking food would salivate at the man’s footsteps. He really is that much of a stud in a kitchen, so you expect he has the Midas touch … and then someone did some digging around the success rate of his show ‘Kitchen Nightmares.’

And that’s when Gordon Ramsay quit. Really.

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Mayor Rob Ford: When Bad PR Turns Into Reality TV Gold

Rob-FordOn the off-chance you have been stranded on a deserted island or binge viewing on reality TV, you may not have been granted the pleasure to be introduced to Toronto Mayor and professional crack smoker, Rob Ford.

Here he is pictured bringing sexy back … and front … and all around.

Canadian politics is surprisingly comical. First, Rob Ford holds a press conference about his warm pipe ways, then does a media tour about how he has changed his ways, bull rushes a co-worker on closed-circuit TV, yet is still out painting the town a beer-stained tee shirt taupe.

All of this scorched earth behavior hasn’t kicked him out of office with a gavel sticking in his maple leaf. In fact, the city digs him. American talk show hosts love him. And now, reality TV wants a piece of him. 

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Another Robertson Put His Duck in His Mouth About Gays

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Like Father. Like Son. 

While the Duck Dynasty marketing machine steamrolls every one into submission, you may have forgotten Phil Robertson’s rant on gay people when he said the following back woods, country witticism:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying?

And then he followed that gem up with a little rebel-flag-waving ignorance about Jim Crow laws:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

And now, his son decided it was his turn at the Roberston Klan … clan lectern. Read more

5 PR Lessons We Can All Learn from Maury

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For the past couple of months, I’ve been battling severe bronchitis. My lungs were on fire. My throat was closed shut. My voice was gone for weeks. And I was about as productive as Congress on a deadline.

To wit, I was forced to catch up on binge viewing and some trashy TV. As I was filling my body full of enough drugs to make Rob Ford jealous and filling my body my all sorts of trash, I was enjoying just watching dregs of society looking for their 15 minutes of fame (while using 12 of those trying to figure out how to speak a coherent sentence).

So, one good thing came of out this mid-morning experience — 5 PR lessons all flacks can learn from Maury

Yes, way!

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A&E TV Goes All ‘E’ with Corporate Rebrand

warsBack in the day of non-reality, scripted-but-supposed-to-be-reality-television, there were these things called “made-for-TV” programs. This involved real script writing, trained actors and plot lines that involve more imagination than hitting the shower to recover from a weekend bender.

Now, we live in a day when every producer out there is coming up with a stranded island, chefs who hate each other, strangers living together or that certain “music television” network that forgot to make shows about music…or television for that matter.

In 1984, there was a network that embraced that nouveau original programming thingy. And for a decade, Arts & Entertainment TV became the commercial counterpart to PBS. Back then, it had Biography. It won Emmys. It was heralded for production. And after 10 years of all that fame, meh!

It was considered “Arts” was too elitist for ratings. So, A&E was born — the initialism was supposed to make people forget they gave a crap about content and was TV for the people. Ratings struggled. Audiences waned. And producers cried for something better. They created docudramas and seemed to be focused, until they stumbled upon a trailer park and tripped over “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

And that, as they say, was that.

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Snooki: The Next Generation (and Its PR Implications)

As we celebrate the Sunday evening birth of little Lorenzo Domenic LaValle, we’d like to take a moment to ponder the implications of our entertainment choices and their influence on the PR business–and our culture at large.

MTV’s “The Real World” began way back in 1992: Kurt and Tupac were still around, The Rachael wasn’t yet a thing and the reality TV landscape’s occupants were, on average, a little older and better behaved. What the hell happened?

Would anyone have ever guessed that a woman like Snooki would require the (considerable) skills of a publicist, much less develop into what we must call an enduring brand? The PR pros who’ve watched this multimillion dollar wreck* in action must have some questions about what it means for the future of their industry.

So: How has reality TV changed your business?

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