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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Media Diary (June 2022)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

The Boys (TV): This season’s seafood scene with The Deep was daaaaaark

Top Gun: Maverick (Movie): Sure he’s been to Gold Base and likely seen some stuff, but the man can make an action movie

Worldwide: The Unchosen Church (Podcast): Right up my alley

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (TV): As is this, of course

The Worst Person in The World (Movie): Enjoyed it a great deal, and it was cool to get a taste of Oslo

Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade (Podcast): Obviously couldn’t be more timely

The Janes (Movie): Ditto here

For All Mankind (TV): Glad it’s back, what a great show

Our Father (Movie): Horrifying behavior

Sounds Like a Cult (Podcast): Love the variety of topics and their overall vibe

Physical (TV): Continues to be a fun (and short!) little escape each week

A Sexplanation (Movie): We’ve still got so far to go as a society

Ms. Marvel (TV): Initially felt a little too cute for its own good, but I’ve warmed up since, and the lead actress is super charming

Morbius (Movie): That’s right, I watched it and lived to tell the tale #itsmorbintime

White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (Movie): Yikes all around

Media Diary (May 2022)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

We Own This City (TV): Gripping and maddening, as many of the best things are

Meltdown: Three Mile Island (TV): Speaking of maddening…

The Offer (TV): Soooo entertaining!

Ozark (TV): Big thumbs up for how they brought this to a close

Everything Everywhere All at Once (Movie): Incredibly creative

Obi-Wan Kenobi (TV): Hello there!

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (TV): A vibrant and fun throwback

Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness (Movie): Enjoyed it, but felt a bit like the second season of WandaVision

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Movie): Exactly what I needed it to be

The Essex Serpent (TV): Just started, but on paper at least this is basically my wife’s dream show premise

The Deep End (TV): I was vaguely familiar with Teal Swan (from a podcast maybe?), but obv this is right up my alley

Pachinko (TV): Early on, but super impressed at the sheer scale of this project

Men (Movie): So…that ending, huh?

Hacks (TV): Glad to have this back, both of the leads are amazing

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (TV): I always enjoy these new interview batches, especially if I know little to nothing about the person

Atlanta (TV): Consistently great

Made For Love (TV): Such a weird little show, but I continue to follow along