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Thursday, November 18, 2004

More reaction to the steamy Monday Night Football intro.

The best quote is from Donovan McNabb, who knows something about controversy.

"Some people do different things," McNabb said. "Not saying my wife would allow me to do that, but it's just something that was done and you move on."

I don't know what to think about Tony Dungy's view that the intro had racist overtures. I think people would have complained even if it had been Kurt Warner (bad example) or Tom Brady. I started watching Monday Football when I was 9, and I assume there are a lot of kids, many with straight-laced parents, still watching.

I saw the spot on Hollywood Extra and I wasn't as "outraged" as I thought I would be after reading and hearing about it in the news. It was blatantly a spoof, and it's hardly mentioned that the two other "Desperate Housewife" babes are shown sitting there watching it and mocking Nicole Sheridan.

Even Terrell Owens, who takes himself way too seriously on the field, was obviously hamming it up.

What was ABC thinking? How many people do they think watch both Monday Night Football and "Desperate Housewives?" Here's the problem: ABC is so desperate for a hit it is overexposing, so to speak, this program. I remember reading an N.Y. Times article last year about ABC's situation. They were getting slaughtered by NBC on programming and CBS on reality. They thought they finally had a corner on the family sitcom with 8 Simple rules, then John Ritter died.

Then they sat by and watched the phenomenal success of The Apprentice, which ABC passed on.

Even worse is the fact that "Desperate Housewives" is a dumb show. I watched the first episode out of curiosity and that was enough. Sleeping with the gardner's an old plotline. The worst was one scene when Teri Hatcher's daughter was working on her school project, a castle made out of popsicle sticks. So in order to get the studly plummer to come over, mother and daughter get the idea to stuff the project down the sink drain.

What's even funnier is ABC thought it was doing such good by showing "Saving Private Ryan" last week. They've got the FCC's attention now.


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