FOX Reality of My Youth

Back in another life, I worked on the websites for various primetime FOX offerings. While I got to work on some still-beloved classics like The X-Files, Firefly and Greg The Bunny, I also spent a good deal of time on some absolutely mind-melting reality shows and specials.

Since I think we could all use a bit of a distraction right now, here’s a roundup of a few of the “best” selections, may they never fade from our collective memories:

Joe Millionaire

He walked through the office once, and it was quite the event. My favorite part is that everyone wildly speculated about how they’d trick people again for the second season, and the answer was “yeah, we’ll just do it in Europe.”

Man vs. Beast

To this day, I still bring up the hot dog-eating bear to new co-workers. It’s honestly pretty central to my core identity at this point.

Mr. Personality

A true pioneer in the “make them wear masks before agreeing to bang” genre. Hosted by Monica Lewinsky, who I unfortunately did not get to meet when I visited the sweet mansion in Malibu. Sadly, I also think that this (surely invaluable) Cheat Sheet is lost to time:


My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance

Let’s be real for a sec, our belt buckle-centric landing page was groundbreaking stuff:


Celebrity Boxing

Interviewing Joey Buttafuoco and Vanilla Ice on the same day remains a “highlight” of my career.


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Best of 2021

As usual, I haven’t been able to see/listen to everything I’d like (👀 Licorice Pizza), but here are my top picks this year across movies, TV and podcasts (TV getting double the amount due to the pandemic of it all)…

Movies:

TV:

Podcasts:

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Quibi Unearthed

All jokes aside, the truth is that while Quibi failed in spectacular fashion last year, there were actually a few diamonds in the rough within their catalog. Now that Roku has made much of the content available, I thought I’d re-share some picks from my time with the service. Enjoy!

Big Rad Wolf : Good night “sweet” prince, this was one of your best

Reno 911!: Glad to have the gang back

You Ain’t Got These: A really interesting look at sneaker culture

Flipped: Can’t beat the cast

Blackballed: I was vaguely aware of the story when it unfolded, but this mini-documentary is fascinating

Last Looks: Great format and interesting stories

Dummy: Just like it says on the tin