Media Observations on the News

Today we have some lunchtime observations on media happenings in the news:

  • From the “Well, I Never!” Department: A theatre in New York is offering a limited number of free tickets to anyone who can prove they are a virgin. Specifically, a hypnotist will screen people standing in line for the free tickets to a 90-minute off-Broadway comedy, “My First Time,” and determine their status. The show is based on a decade-old Web site that invites people to anonymously share their stories about losing their virginity. According to the producer, tickets are limited… but that shouldn’t be a problem because “there are not that many virgins in New York City.”
  • From the “Dewey, Cheetham and Howe” Department: PBS has given the approval for an animated series based on the CarTalk Radio Show. The series will take off where the radio series ends, focusing on the adventures of Click and Clack and their crew of mechanics and co- workers. Based largely in Tom and Ray’s fictional garage, the show will focus on the “off-air” escapades of Tom and Ray Magliozzi (“known to their listeners as Click and Clack,” the Tappet brothers) as they try to fix cars, fend off disgruntled customers and seek out ways to do less and less work. The show will be titled through a contest to be held on the radio program.
  • From the “Unextreme Makeover” Department: In today’s world of extreme makeover and programs that have people going to all lengths to make themselves look beautiful… a refreshing change. Lifetime is bringing the UK series “How To Look Good Naked” to the States. Hosted by Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), “How To Look Good Naked” teaches women of all shapes and sizes how to go from self loathing to self loving without resorting to interventions like extreme dieting or cosmetic surgery. The show will premiere in January, 2008 on Lifetime. Could be interesting.