TV networks have this unfortunate propensity to hire people based on certain superficial factors like looks and outward personality while ignoring possibly more meaningful things like intellect and talent. That's how Anderson Cooper got his job. But that's the world of real TV journalism, where adequacy matters. Fluff journalism, you would think, could be practiced by anyone. Like, for example, being a backstage reporter at the Golden Globes. How much talent does it take to do that? Shouldn't take any, you'd think. But, apparently, interviewing America Ferreira (no fat jokes Dirty Disher, I promise) after she won an award requires at least a modicum of proficiency. Which is why it might have been a bad idea to hire former MTV hostess Maria Menounos for the job.
Menounos, a pretty lass to be sure, was apparently foisted on the Golden Globes' producers by NBC brass, who were looking to bring a fresh, hip, young face to the otherwise stodgy proceedings. The producers, however, were not thrilled with Menounos's performance. According to Page 6, Menounos's interviews inspired grumbling behind-the-scenes, and comments like, "She's just terrible." I personally didn't notice - I usually flip through the channels the second I see one of those dumb-ass interviews about to start. I honestly can't see how Menounos could be any worse than Nancy O'Dell, whom I saw bestowing her she-male presence upon the telecast. I mean, what sort of standards do you judge that kind of thing by anyway? She's better than Debbie Matenopoulos but not as good as Giuliana DePandi? They all suck. At least Menounos seems harmless, unlike Matenopoulos, whose voice makes kittens' hearts explode, and DePandi who is so stupid even Poshy Spice could outwit her.
And just for the record, NBC execs deny being dissatisfied with Menounos's performance. But of course TV executives are all liars.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007