Past Entertainment Articles.
Article for the week of 3/9/07
Straight From the Swede:
Anna-Nicole Smith's death to become
TV-companies are fighting tooth, hand and, in the case of Fox, claw over
the rights to release all the news of the death of Anna-Nicole Smith on
DVD, saying it is the biggest thing to happen to TV since American Idol,
or possibly Reality-TV.
“We are very excited at the prospect to benefit from someone's death even
when it is no longer news, and was never really interesting”, said a network
CEO who asked to remain anonymous.
Just how large these profits are supposed to be remains in much speculation,
as footage of the dead model being carried out on a stretcher is, by itself,
worth almost half a million dollars. Not to mention all the horribly poor
drama surrounding the fact that nobody seems to know who's the father
of the daughter Daniellynn, said to occupy a large part of the DVD.
Other material on the DVD is supposed to be the best from the court footage,
including the crying judge when he realised this, deciding things in a
media circus that means basically nothing, is what he chose to do in life,
and supposedly even some of the actual news that happened while the whole
debacle was going on, as well as a short documentary on who Anna-Nicole
Smith was, and interviews with a bunch of random white-trash folks who
for some reason went to the Bahamas just to see the grave.
The still nameless CEO pointed out that this was of course a great opportunity
to make money on something not even remotely interesting, if they managed
to acquire the overly expensive rights to the whole deal.
Whether or not the Anna-Nicole DVD, sometimes referred to as the “Ding
dong the witch is dead compilation”, will become a huge hit or a major
fiasco remains to be seen, but this much is certain: it will at least
be better than the Tom & Jerry movie with all the voices.