Thursday, December 20, 2007
Does anyone even watch The People's Choice Awards? Back in the day when there were fewer award shows, The People's Choice was kind of the fun award show. Award shows back in the day consisted of Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, Tony, AMA, and People's Choice. The CMA's came along on television just a little later. Now of course they have an award for everything and so People's Choice has lost its luster. Hell, I bet most people didn't even know it existed. Would you want to be called award winning if it was a People's Choice? I'm not even sure which people are choosing and how they are choosing, so how can it be People's Choice? It is very popular with celebrities though because there is an award for any category you can think of and they let you know in advance if you have won which ensures a very nice turnout.
Anyway, with no writers, the show is undergoing a format change. No red carpet, no press, no audience. Basically it will be host Queen Latifah announcing a winner who will read a pre-recorded acceptance speech via video. Now all that sounds like one hell of a way to spend an evening in front of the television. The show is expected to run four hours, and acceptance speeches will be limited to 15 minutes. There will be commercials every six minutes like clockwork, except when they allow local stations to broadcast commercials in which case it will be every three minutes. The entire CBS schedule will be advertised via a crawl at the bottom of the screen throughout the entire program.
I have a much better idea for the producers. Queen Latifah and 3 or 4 comics sitting around her "living room." Think of those shows VH1 always has like 80's and Best Week Ever. Have Queen host Michael Ian Black and Mo Rocca, and Anthony Anderson. Queen reads the nominees, and then the comics go off. They all pick who they think is going to win, and then Queen announces the winner. While the winner is giving their speech, the four make comments like it is a DVD commentary.