If you've been watching any Fox programming these days, you've almost certainly seen promos for "Anchorwoman," a fish-out-of-water story about a bikini model who gets recruited to be a news anchor in a Texas town. The show premieres with a special one-hour episode tonight at 8 p.m. (regular half-hour episodes start next week), and the jury's still out on whether it will be appealingly trashy or just too stupid to watch.
Here's the premise: KYTX, a CBS affiliate (so why is the show on Fox?) in Tyler, Texas, is so low-rated that its news director will do anything to boost the station's profile, including having Stormy the Weather Dog show up in every forecast. So it wasn't such a leap for him to hire Lauren Jones, a former Barker's Beauty and WWE Diva, to read the news. Exactly how much of this "comedy/reality hybrid" is scripted isn't clear, though I can't imagine that things like Jones showing up to work in a plunging leopard-print top happened completely by chance.
One thing's for sure: the journalism community in Tyler isn't too thrilled about having their profession so openly mocked. But can Jones actually do the anchor's job? I guess we're supposed to watch and find out. To see a clip,
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