Richard Metzger is the current Boing Boing guest blogger.
We constantly read about how network television is cutting back on expensive scripted dramas and sitcoms that can cost $5 million dollars an episode and up, in favor of more cheaply produced "reality TV" programming. Reality TV can still prove costly to produce, but it doesn't have to cost a lot to be entertaining...
Television development executives of the world who are reading this post, I call your attention to five minutes of sublime entertainment that was made for the cost of a single can of Diet Coke
(literally). This is my pal Lenora Claire's new webshow, "doNUTS"
(produced in affiliation with World of Wonder
Given the choice between an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," "Rock of Love" or "Don't Forget the Lyrics" on one hand or a smart, sassy woman with bright red hair and ginormous breasts interviewing shitfaced donut eating drunks
, on the other, what would YOU want to watch? Each episode of "doNUTS" will see the lovely Ms. Claire interviewing the colorful night owl denizens of the finest 24-hour donut emporiums in Los Angeles. This is primo TV! Are you television exec types out there paying attention? (I personally think Lenora should do a "Pee-wee's Playhouse" kind of thing, a "wink wink" semi-raunchy/semi-sweet, semi-ironic show for "the kids." Little kids just love her, you should see it. So do "the gays." They love her, too. Sign this woman up, she's a demographic-spanning star ready for her close-up!)
isn't the only notable thing Lenora's got on her plate these days. She's also a wildly popular Los Angeles-based art curator with red-carpet gallery events like her "Golden Girls Gone Wild"
and Dolly Parton-themed group shows. Coming up is a Bettie Page exhibit with some very special surprises.
No matter where you turn, there she is. You might recognize her portrait by Marla Rutherford
that is part of the current USA Network and Vanity Fair's "Character Project" advertising campaign.
She was also recently painted by the great Olivia
And here she is eating glass
. I think Tim and Eric should invite her on their show to do this.
Lenora Claire's MySpace page
Lenora Claire "Booty Baby" sculpture
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