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Reality TV Just Turned Its Lens on Anna Nicole Smith. Titillating Train Wreck?

What's the attraction of reality TV? I really don't know. I guess for all the same reasons we watch Jerry Springer: we like to watch other peoples' misery. Anna Nicole Smith got great ratings but terrible reviews. I don't know what that means for the show.

Who would you most like to see a TV show built around? Woody Allen. I love his movies, but he's had so much public and private drama in his life. He's such a neurotic New Yorker that he'd be fun to watch.


GRANT COOPER
Age 27
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Stand-up comedian

Did you watch Anna Nicole Smith's show? No, I only read about it. It's pretty sad. Here's a model-wannabe actress who marries an older guy. What else is there? I don't even do Anna Nicole Smith jokes because she's not big enough to ridicule. She's starved for attention. All performers are.

What's the attraction of reality TV? An escape from reality. You have to look at the reality of most of the audience, though. It's really not there. TV is so much cheese, but there's good cheese and bad cheese.

Who would you most like to see a TV show built around? Richard Pryor if he was healthy, but I guess I'd say President Bush. I don't think he's as dumb as they say. You don't get to be president if you're a total imbecile. Maybe he's an idiot savant. If he never had to speak, he'd be able to pull it off better.


JESSE SHORT
Age 32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

Did you watch Anna Nicole Smith's show? No, I don't have TV. I need to get some rabbit ears, but I'm too busy to do that or to get cable.

What's the attraction of reality TV? There's really no such thing as reality TV, because it all has some artifice to it. The subjects can't possibly be themselves on television. I think people watch because there's too little creativity involved in regular television. All the plots have been taken. At least with reality TV there's a possibility that something spontaneous may happen.

Who would you most like to see a TV show built around? David Bowie. One, because he's doing so much at his age and so he's an inspiration. He also has an intense home life, an intense career life, and an intense showman life. I see him in my neighborhood but I'm too shy to speak to him.

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