40 Hours of Television

The class is over, but the discussion continues. Does the media shape reality, or does reality shape the media? Art can imitate life...and life can imitate art. "40 Hours of TV" will explore the media and its impact on us all.

Friday, July 29, 2005

The Reality of Lawyers

I'm sure it's no secret that I'm a fan of reality shows. One of my favorites is The Apprentice. If you've seen The Apprentice, you'll recall that several candidates were lawyers. And the lawyers tended to have, let's say, friggin' annoying personalities. Type "A" overachievers full of themselves.

Suppose you're a famous television producer and you've been given the opportunity to create a reality show. What would you do? If you're Ally McBeal and Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley, the solution is simple: a reality show about lawyers.

Welcome to The Law Firm, the latest wrinkle in the reality genre. Think of it as a court show with lawyers. The prize? $250,000.

There are 12 contestants. I have to say that charisma is a bit of a problem with this bunch. And, as noted before, they are all lawyers with the usual reality show annoying character traits, like being obnoxious and self-centered.

The show stars a lawyer named Roy Black, someone I've never heard of but, as one of the nameless "associates" tell us, is a big name in lawyer circles. Gotcha.

On this show, the lawyers will try cases. And the two cases the show opens with are real nail-biters. First up is Danzig V. Leach. Candy Danzig is suing George Leach because her three-legged dog Dingo somehow got through Leach's fence and the dog was attacked by Leach's Mastiffs. I can hardly wait to see how this turns out.

The second case is Allen V. Ryan. Karen Allen is seeking damages because the defendant, Bill Ryan, pulled her over for speeding...but Ryan isn't a cop, he's a country coroner. With a car that has a siren and flashing police lights. And in an ironic twist, Ryan himself is breaking the law by speeding! Yikes.

So, the lawyers are divided up, blah blah blah, they prepare the cases, they try them, a team wins and another loses, and finally, at the end of the show, Roy Black makes a seeming random choice of whom to eliminate, and two of the annoying lawyers are let go.

I'm predicting this show will be cancelled within the next four weeks.

Next week: a dominatrix and a computer geek! It'll be an hour of intense legal action. Or boredom. Probably boredom.

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