Friday, September 22, 2006

All dressed up...

...and you know the rest of it. FOX begged off at the last minute—literally, as I was standing at the door, waiting for car service to arrive. So I rescheduled the other New York City taping for next week.

Now I ask you: Would they do something like that to Dr. Phil? Or even Stedman?

3 comments:

Cosmic Connie said...

So did FOX reschedule as well, or did they just blow off the interview entirely? That doesn't sound too "fair and balanced" to me. :-(

Steve Salerno said...

Blew me off entirely. Actually it's worse than that. They first scheduled me for Weds. (Bear in mind, THEY called ME, with regard to a segment they wanted to do on our fear-ridden culture and how we got that way.) This was last week. So I wipe my slate clean for Weds.--going into NYC is an all-day affair--and wait to hear about travel arrangements. Silence. At the last minute, they call and cancel. Later that same day, they offered me a make-up slot for today. Knowing I'd have to wipe out another slate of work (including at least two short radio segments), I asked if they were sure. The producer told me that "just to be safe," I should wait till after they had their regular story meeting yesterday at 3. I wasn't crazy about waiting till that late in the day to know, but FOX had been good to me (sales-wise) in my last round of media, so I bit the bullet. At around 4 p.m. the lead producer called and said it was a "definite go." We chatted amiably for 15 minutes about the focus of the show--much laughter was had by all--and she said it was "going to be a great segment." Before hanging up, she also said she'd "take care of the car service" (for the 90-minute ride to Manhattan). I suggested that she arrange for a pick-up between 10 and 10:30. Everybody's happy.

This morning I get dressed, grab my materials so I can "woodshed" myself in the limo--and I'm literally looking out the front door (to see if the limo's there) when I hear my home-office phone ring at 9:50. I don't get to the phone in time, but when I check my voicemail, some perky young assistant producer tells me they killed my segment again. I spent the time between 9:45 and 10:15 walking around my house, primal-screaming assorted obscenities followed by the word "FOX." FYI, there will be no make-up, ever, because today was the finale of the show on which I was to appear (DaySide). The co-hosts are moving on to syndication, and FOX has scrapped the format.

I'm sure that's a much longer answer than you hoped for, Connie, but you asked, and I wanted you to get the full flavor. Welcome to the exciting and glamorous world of media for those of us who aren't Stephen King.

activist kaza said...

Steve:

FOX are a bunch of idiots...why do you want to go on there, anyway? Not your core audience, I'm sure.

FYI, I just picked up your book (in pb) here in London. I was looking for a book to try and convince my daughter to postpone her wedding (she's not yet 24) when I stumbled across SHAM and I'm very excited to read it (not that it will help me with that dilemma...I found a "Relate UK" counselling questionnaire for that purpose).

Once I finish it, I might even promote SHAM at my blog, and the only other time I've done that was with Freakonomics.

Keep up the good work - and pls keep writing for Harpers (the best mag on the planet, in my estimation).