Top 7 of '07: Worst Show #2 - On the Lot
Top 7 of '07: Worst Show #2 - On the Lot
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
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How did FOX's On the Lot go so horribly wrong? I love the behind-the-scenes struggles inherent in the filmmaking process, and when you throw a bunch of crazy directors into a reality show produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, you should have television gold. Instead we got this boring, uninspired, seemingly endless reality series that left me longing for the glory days of Project Greenlight.
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Where do we start dissecting this ridiculous train wreck? Adrianna Costa made for a horrendously annoying host, and Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall were certainly no Simon and Paula when it came to judging. No offense to those two, but in a directing competition I'd like to see judges who have actually crafted decent movies, not the guy who brought us Runaway Bride.

Another problem with On the Lot is that they made the single stupidest mistake you can make when crafting a reality series: they excised all the drama. Instead of showing us the behind-the-scenes tension and catfights that must occur whenever inexperienced filmmakers step behind the camera, they decided to show us nothing but the completed short films. That'd be like if Bravo's Project Runway only showed us the final runway show, or if Top Chef just presented all the completed dishes. Whose stupid idea was this?

This show had such potential to be interesting, unique, and a whole lot of fun. The fact that it wasn't any of those things easily makes it one of the worst shows of 2007.


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