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Friday, February 1, 2008

A reality show about writers? Trust us. It's a bad idea.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2008 at 8:16 AM

With the writers' strike showing no signs of resolution, it seems just about any reality TV idea is being given the go-ahead. Coming in August, aspiring journalists will compete against one another for an editorial position at a New York magazine. The series is being billed as The Devil Wears Prada meets The Assistant. “It is a competition show about aspiring assistants looking to become assistant editors at a fashion magazine," producer Kevin Mok told the New York Times. Unfortunately, journalism doesn't make for the best television. For one, writers aren't very pretty. Nor do they lead particularly interesting lives. An example of the average Scene writer's day ... 9 a.m. Dream about going to work. When will the nightmares stop? ... 11 a.m. Wake up. Find pizza left over from Thanksgiving under the couch. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 11:35 a.m. Arrive at work. You're the first one in. Window of opportunity to see if anyone left anything good in the break-room fridge. 11:37 a.m. Hide under desk eating mini-donuts found atop salesman's filing cabinet. 12:34 p.m. Think about writing something. 12:38 p.m. Exhausted from all this work. See if Joe wants to lunch. You think you could cover the tab, Joe? I'll get you next payday. No, really, I will. 2:18 p.m. Return to office. Shouldn't have had those four beers. Need a nap. Slide under desk when no one's looking. 4:28 p.m. Is it beer-thirty yet? 8:30 p.m. I'll just sleep here in the parking lot for awhile till I'm good to drive home. Repeat next day. -- Rebecca Meiser


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