March 10, 2005

The Good, The Bad, and the Weird

I've been spending many hours a day responding to reader email. While I'm answering email, I always have the TV or stereo on. I was watching the local news at noon, E.S.T., only to hear that Michael Jackson did not appear at his trial. I flipped to Court TV and gazed in amazement at the countdown to see whether Jackson would show in time to beat a bench warrant. As most of you probably know by now, he appeared a few minutes past deadline -- sporting pajama bottoms, socks, and slippers.

Jackson definitely has a P.R. problem, but somehow I don't think the answer to his Lizzie Grubman, the star of Power Girls. It might be possible to find a less sympathetic group to profile, but MTV has yet to find them. Debuts tonight at 10:30 P.M.

Almost any show, by comparison, would be a breath of fresh air. I've heard good things about The First Year, a documentary series about five young teachers in their first year in the public schools of Los Angeles.

Maybe not as weird as Michael Jackson at court today, but if you want surreal reality show greatness, try the reruns of the first two episodes of The Starlet, tonight from 8:00-10:00 on the WB. We all care deeply about who will be the next WB starlet, don't we? Any show with Faye Dunaway as a judge has to be goofy fun and this one is.