Upscale and Redneck

At the NYTimes, Virginia Heffernan’s been blogging from the “upfronts” presentations, where TV networks pitch next season’s new shows to advertisers. It’s a hoot:

In the big, comic presentations, “Hawaii,” “LAX,” and “Father of the Pride” were satirized as bad ideas. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler said that the people who created them are now in rehab. (In fact, they were probably in the audience, smarting at the slaps; just last year, of course, Mr. Zucker was hyping those same shows, doting on them, and hearing him tear them down like this year was like watching a parent smack a child.)

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