I was catching up on recorded episodes of “Man vs. Wild” last night — Bear Grylls actually ate bear poop in this one! — when I noticed no less than three commercials for new Discovery Channel reality shows. For those who don’t watch the Discovery Channel, these aren’t the super-contrived kinds of shows you see on the networks or MTV or whatever. They’re usually focused on one profession, like loggers, or fisherman, or something unique like that. Well, there is some degree of contrivance in these in that they always seem to follow a crew full of misfits and strong personalities within these professions, but the action is more or less straight up.
As I was watching them, I got to wondering whether there would ever be one about government lawyers or bloggers. Then I realized that the only difference would be that the former would consist of a guy in a suit and tie staring blankly at a computer screen and clicking a mouse, while the latter would consist of a guy in a t-shirt, jeans, and blue hoody staring blankly at a computer screen and clicking a mouse. They could call the show “EXXXXTREME ANALYSIS” or something. I think it would be a hit.
All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up . . .