Fake News and the City
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a real problem when it comes to local news – essentially, I can’t get enough of it. For instance, you know those severe weather marathons that take up an entire’s evening worth of television as they highlight summer thunderstorms descending into places like Sligo and Vandergrift? While most people are so annoyed by them that they might take the opportunity to turn off the tube and say, read a book, I’m totally there on the couch with a tub of popcorn relishing every moment as I flip between Schwenneker and Verszyla. Needless to say, I’m on pins and needles with anticipation for the latest local news station to hit town – Channel 9 WURG, the fake Pittsburgh channel to be featured on Fox’s upcoming sitcom “Back to You” starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton.
In preparation for the show’s September 19 debut, Fox launched their marketing blitz during Labor Day weekend by sending out Channel 9 vans into Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The vans, staffed by actors dressed in anchor-garb, made stops around the cities distributing promotional trinkets for the make-believe station. I’m a little sad, obviously, that they didn’t come here, but hopefully I’ll get over that slight in time for the premiere. It certainly hasn’t stopped me from visiting the show’s home page to play with the “Anchorizer,” an interactive feature that allows users to morph pictures of themselves (or perhaps coworkers) into a scene with Grammer and Heaton. Honestly, I haven’t had this much fun on-line since I discovered that Celebrity Look-Alike site which claimed that Snoop Dogg was a 97% match for my grandma.
Okay, and for all of you who made it the whole way through this entry, here is an old WTAE promo so ridiculous that it has to be real: