My post-lunch-ease-back-into-the-drudgery-that-is-my-job-guilty-pleasure is usually a brief detour to Entertainment Weekly's website or IMDB.com. In doing that today, an ad for the new reality disgrace that is "The Moment of Truth" (mentioned toward the end of this post) went by and something about that show (other than it's general soul-suckingness) keeps bugging me.
It's the host. I know I've seen him somewhere before.
But surely no one I would recognize from TV or film would resort to hosting this kind of crap.
And then it hits me.
HE'S ONE OF THE HOSTS OF ANTIQUES ROADSHOW ON PBS!!!!
But no. I have to be confused. PBS wouldn't allow that. Would they?
So, I checked IMDB.com to be absolutely sure.
Un-freakin'-believable. It's true.
And then - THEN - you know what else I discovered???
The blond lady-host of Antiques Roadshow is also on one of those AccessInsideHollywoodEntertainmentEditionTonight atrocities. What the hell.
AM I THE LAST PERSON ON EARTH TO FIGURE THIS OUT?!?!
And it's not like I'm some holier-than-thou who wouldn't be caught dead watching TV let alone knowing anything pop-culture-related. I enjoy my share of mindless entertainment. I watch America's Next Top Model. I know that Gwen Stefani is pregnant again.
But PBS is supposed to be better than the rest of us. They're NOVA and Rick Steves; This Old House and the Happy Tree Guy; Lady Elaine and Easy Reader and Zoom. They're The Complete Jane Austen and Faulty Towers and Masterpiece Theater with Alistair Cooke - and Monsterpiece Theater with Alistair Cookie!
They're supposed to have standards.
And I know you can't make a living on what public television must pay you to be the part-time host of a weekly show about crap people drag out of their attics. But did it have to come to this?
And what's next?
Jim Lehrer moonlighting for Fox News?
Mr. Snuffleupagus on Celebrity Fit Club?
I think I need to lay down for a bit.... Isn't it time for Arthur?