Saturday, September 02, 2006

"Happy birthday to me...come work here for free...."

Belated birthday greetings to one Phillip Calvin McGraw, who turned 56 yesterday (September 1) and shows no signs of slowing down in his pursuit of lowbrow content, i.e., people whose interpersonal maladjustments he can exploit for profit*. Among the topics of upcoming shows for which the goofy-grinned McGraw is soliciting guests on his site are "Evil In-Law?", "Embarrassed by Spouse's Nudity?", "Teen Dreams of Having Big Breasts?", "Want to Say 'Marry Me or Else'?" and--my personal favorite--"Want to Press Charges on Loved One?"

Incidentally, the entertainment blog TMZ reports that as of a few days ago, McGraw was also soliciting prospective takers for part-time weekend help on his show. In return, the good doctor was willing to pay the princely sum of $8.00 an hour--or "less than In N' Out Burger," says TMZ (correctly). I followed the link this morning and the job was gone...gobbled up immediately, no doubt, by someone among the hordes of young Americans desperate to elbow their way into show biz via the Malcolm X method--"by any means necessary."*

* otherwise known as ratings.
* In fairness, this same phenomenon explains why so many young people are willing to take unpaid internships in my own realm, journalism--and why every editor of every major magazine receives manuscripts with overeager cover notes saying, "You don't have to pay me anything--just give me the byline!"

3 comments:

Cosmic Connie said...

Happy Birthday to Dr. Phil, indeed. I've never watched his show, but just looking at the list of upcoming topics...I'd say Oprah the Kingmaker has created another Jerry Springer. How low can he go?

Steve Salerno said...

When you say you've never watched his show, do you mean to say, CosCon, that you've never even so much as seen a single Dr. Phil segment? Ever? How did you manage to avoid that? One would think that monitoring the goings-on in Dr. Phil's Neighborhood is de rigueur nowadays in order to maintain an appropriate state of cultural illiteracy....

Cosmic Connie said...

I've caught snippets of Dr. Phil on Oprah in the past, and I've seen ads on TV for Dr. Phil's show, so maybe that counts for something. But believe it or not, I've never actually watched his show. I don't even know what channel it's on. I guess you could say I've been focusing more on the esoteric/mystical areas of SHAMland, LOL. Of course there's lots of overlap among the pseudo-mystics and the self-help gurus these days. Maybe I'll start watching Dr. Phil's show when he starts channeling, or talking about the galactic shift, or even quoting extensively from the Kabbalah (btw, as you probably know, all of Hollywood is into the Kabbalah these days. Except for those who are into Scientology, of course).

Anyway, despite my lack of experience with Dr. Phil, I have watched Jerry Springer on occasion, and I even caught some Montel just the other day. And when the Rev and I were visiting my mom a few days ago she had Oprah on TV. She wasn't listening to the show and neither were we; it was just background noise. But some of the noise seeped into my brain. So, Mr. Smarty-Pants, I think I am just as culturally illiterate as the next person, thank you very much. :-) I'm just not Philliterate.