Monday, February 20, 2006

NBC Pulls Chronic from 'Tube, Passes it to Bravo

On Friday NBC's lawyers had the Lazy Sunday: Chronicles of Narnia video clip pulled from YouTube's video hosting site. Tonight was the premiere episode of Outrageous and Contagious: Viral Videos on Bravo (catchy name there Bravo, rolls right off the tongue) and what do I see poorly tacked on to the end of the episode with the credit roll? Why it's corporate parent NBC's viral video outlaw supastar Lazy Sunday.

Interestingly enough, it's still posted on Google Videos. Why would NBC remove a viral video that has resurrected a failing show and given them a new star in Andy Samberg while simultaneously producing and airing a show on a sister channel featuring viral videos including the removed one? And why are they only selectively lawyerizing this? I'm sure someone high up made the number$ work in NBC's favor.

Lazy Sunday aside, OC:VV is just not an engaging show. The clips are too varied, some are very old, some are too cheesy America's Funniest Home Videos-esque, there is inane voiceover commentary between and during the clips, and the overly bubbly moving graphics make it difficult to sit there for 23 minutes in a row and watch without getting nauseous for one reason or another. What works on the web doesn't seem to work on TV in this case.
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