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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cohn: Giants will regret reality TV show

Yeah, but 12 Cohnzohns is alright…

Which brings us to the Giants and their mistake. The Giants have teamed up with Showtime and MLB Productions to produce a reality show about their 2011 season. The series will contain several episodes. The Giants, obviously, are trying to strengthen their brand so people all over the country and the world will buy their jerseys and caps and they can make a bundle of dough. Good grief.

Here is the idea for the show, courtesy of a Reuters article: “Describing the show as ‘provocative and groundbreaking,’ Showtime said TV camera crews are being embedded for 10 months with the team, its management and wives and girlfriends of the players.”

Divorce lawyers in San Francisco must be licking their chops. Remember what I said about conflict. This show is a breeding ground of conflict — players cheating on their wives, for starters, although you’d assume the players would make an agreement with Showtime that stuff is way off the record. But who knows?

There could be squabbles between wives of competing players. There could be squabbles between the players themselves — these things happen. There could be squabbles between players and management — these things also happen.

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2011 at 04:37 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: January 16, 2011 at 05:13 AM (#3730884)
A reality show about girls chasing well-heeled corporate executives could be called "Pleat Chasers".
   2. Dale Sams Posted: January 16, 2011 at 05:22 AM (#3730889)
There could be squabbles between wives of competing players.


And this will be different than any show/clip/sound-bite of Ozzie Guillen....how?
   3. Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging Posted: January 16, 2011 at 05:29 AM (#3730891)
The Giants, obviously, are trying to strengthen their brand so people all over the country and the world will buy their jerseys and caps and they can make a bundle of dough. Good grief.


A corporation trying to make money. What has the world come to?

Consider this an opportunity for capitalism,

FPH
   4. Lars6788 Posted: January 16, 2011 at 05:46 AM (#3730898)
I doubt we'll get anything that isn't going to be sanitized for mass public consumption.

The people controlling the access will have the power over the guys filming and the product probably won't be filming late nights out by Brian Wilson or Barry Zito.
   5. Drexl Spivey Posted: January 16, 2011 at 05:47 AM (#3730899)

Consider this an opportunity for capitalism


LOL! Thanks for continuing to beat this dead horse!

Consider this an occurrence of reciprocated annoyance.

DS
   6. Tin Angel Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:08 AM (#3730905)
Regrets? I've had a few.
   7. Phil Coorey. Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:12 AM (#3730906)
The Giants, obviously, are trying to strengthen their brand so people all over the country and the world will buy their jerseys and caps and they can make a bundle of dough. Good grief.


I thought all the money from merch sales went to all the teams, and was evenly distributed?
   8. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:35 AM (#3730909)
Why, there might even be footage of reporter after reporter asking stupid question after stupid question!
   9. bond1 Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:52 AM (#3730913)
Lincecum sucking on his bong, Kung Fu Panda doing his Biggest Loser immitation, Barry Zito practicing his guitar more than his pitching mechanics, Aubrey Huff strutting around in his red rally thong... I thought Brian Wilson was a devout Christian. I haven't heard anything negative about him.
   10. alkeiper Posted: January 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM (#3730920)
I imagine lots of footage of players answering questions prompted by the producers.

Have I ever mentioned how dull "The Pen" was?
   11. Swedish Chef Posted: January 16, 2011 at 11:56 AM (#3730923)
The series will contain several episodes.

No ####.
   12. Gotham Dave Posted: January 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM (#3730929)
So, will anything outside of a Ken Burns talking-heads-zoom-and-panfest be a documentary anymore, or does everything get to be called a reality show?

As long as it's not edited like it's on VH1 and doesn't have any little people* or pawn shops, I think it'll be nice to have a "reality show" that's actually potentially interesting for any reason besides that it's on TV.

* I guess I would be okay with this if it means Pedro makes a comeback with the '11 Giants.
   13. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM (#3730930)
I thought Brian Wilson was a devout Christian. I haven't heard anything negative about him.

So...many...jokes...
   14. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: January 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM (#3730931)
I thought Brian Wilson was a devout Christian. I haven't heard anything negative about him.

A trip to his barber would be pretty alarming.
   15. The District Attorney Posted: January 16, 2011 at 05:50 PM (#3731025)
I thought Brian Wilson was a devout Christian.
God only knows.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:12 PM (#3731039)
So, will anything outside of a Ken Burns talking-heads-zoom-and-panfest be a documentary anymore, or does everything get to be called a reality show?

Silly boy. Documentaries are segregated onto PBS so nobody will watch them. Reality shows are on real TV and cable where people might watch them.

But, let's face it, its only chance at decent ratings is if we get to vote off a Giant every week. If the Cubs get to the top of the waiver wire list, I'm voting Lincecum! (in a vacuum I might rather have Posey but we've already got Soto ... being the Cubs, I assume we'd somehow end up with Rowand)
   17. KingKaufman Posted: January 16, 2011 at 06:56 PM (#3731069)
I'm voting Lincecum! (in a vacuum I might rather have Posey


Good call. Breaking stuff won't work in a vacuum.
   18. philevans3154 Posted: January 16, 2011 at 07:59 PM (#3731097)
The only people who will regret this show are the American viewing public.
   19. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: January 16, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#3731122)
Cohn is such an idiot.
   20. asdf1234 Posted: January 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM (#3731139)
I'll reserve judgment until I know how much editorial control MLB has over the show. I'll watch, but I have a hard time believing that this will be anything like a Showtime production of Ball Four, which is what I want to see.

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