Let's start this week's
InSites with a little gloating. I was right!!! Another
season, another guy as the first booted off "The
Apprentice." And I like The Donald's decision. That's
rule #1 of leadership: be able to put yourself in
everyone else's shoes. Todd didn't do that at BK.
I loved when the Street Smarts team asked the BK
employees if any of them had a college degree -- then
they revealed none of them did either. Great moment.
Moving on...there will be a lot of people who don't
agree with me, but thank God that American Idol is back!
Having that two hours of fun television back is big, and
FOX has been reaping the benefits, with the #2 and #3
shows last week. The show hasn't missed a beat, and
taking the guest judges from the competition round to
the audition round has led to, quite frankly, much more
honest guest judging this time.
I'm going to be very interested to see the ratings for
next Wednesday (February 2nd). FOX traditionally has the
lowest ratings, by far, for political events. Next
week's State of the Union Address follows an episode of
American Idol. Will people just leave it on FOX? That
could be interesting.
In case you can't tell, I don't have a lot to talk about
this week. So I won't keep rambling on. But before I go,
let me suggest one non-game reality series that's worth
watching (and I hope they repeat it so you can): ABC
Family's "Brat Camp." It's been interesting viewing, as
troubled British teens get sent to a Utah camp to get
"set straight." The series finale is next week.
Next week: a little look ahead to Survivor, info on the
state of game shows and reality games in 2005, and (if I
can come up with anything) a preview of the big
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