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Saturday, November 19, 2005

New Reality TV Program Idea

We've read Clark's recent report about Robert Blake and O.J. Simpson. Our staff has been creatively thinking about the two men and how they can increase their financial standing. (Blake says he's broke and can not pay the $30 million awarded by the jury in a recent civil case for wrongful death. O.J. thinks it's "double jeopardy" to be tried once in criminal court and then again in civil court for essentially the same offense.)We think some enterprising television producer should cash-in on the notoriety of both men by casting them as co-hosts of a show we call the new "21st Century Fugitives". Two men wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit now scour the countryside searching for the true killers, firstly on behalf of themselves, then the program expands to include their search for all the men and women unjustly accused. Each episode would feature a crime wherein OJ and Blake search for the real perpetrator(s) of the crime in question, beginning with the interview of the unjustly accused in prison.

The first program, a special two hour episode, would feature each of OJ and Blake's stories, and answer the question why they are not in prison. This would help O.J. make good on his promise to seek and find the killer(s) of his ex-wife. It would surely help Blake's money situation. He could pay off the debt imposed by the court and live well with his young daughter from the marriage to the deceased woman, Bonnie Lee Bakley. I'm sure it would be as popular as the original "Fugitive" series' or at best as popular as "Unsolved Mysteries", and it would also qualify as a new "reality" program. As they say, "Truth is Stranger than Fiction."

NOTE to Enterprising TV Producers: Contact me, Henry Gandolph if you're interested. As they say in the industry rag this could be "Boffo!"

Coming Spring 2009: George and Dick on the road in Iraq looking for WMD, accompanied by OJ and Blake, who still have not found the killers.
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Clark Dark's Celebrity Round-Up Continues

    People magazine has again named the "sexiest man alive". For the past twenty years the magazine has been selecting popular men for the title. This year it's 36-year-old Matthew McConaughey who has been awarded the honor. The magazine's editors and publisher credited McConaughey's "heaping helping of Texas's finest Southern charm" as the reason for the choice. McConaughey says the part of the title that he's proud of isn't "sexiest": "I like the `alive' part." I say, I like your style, Playa.
    Broadcast pioneer Ralph Edwards, who spotlighted stars and ordinary people as host of the popular 1950s show "This Is Your Life," died Wednesday of heart failure. He was 92. Edwards, whose career as producer and host included shows such as "Truth or Consequences" and "People's Court," died in his sleep in his West Hollywood home. Edwards passing comes just as ABC television announced plans to air a new version of "This is Your Life," with Regis Philbin ("Live with Regis and Kelly") as host.
    Speaking of Reeg...Philbin was spurned by Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve a year after stepping in for the holiday show's host who had suffered a mild stroke weeks before the event. Philbin will ring in 2006 on Fox.
    Friends of Nicole Richie say she's receiving crank phone calls from Paris Hilton. If this is true I say as would Joan Rivers, "GROW-UP! Paris Hilton please, grow up!"
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Clark Dark's Celebrity Round-Up

I'm Clark Dark here with celebrity news. Here we go!
    Tab Hunter, aging heart-throb leading actor, popular during the 1950s and 1960s, has written his own "tell all" autobiography. In an interview Hunter said rather than take the chance "some horse's ass" would write his story and get it all wrong he decided the public should "get the story straight from the horse's mouth". I think this is an interesting choice of words since straight is not what Hunter is. He writes about being a homosexual actor during a less enlightened time in Hollyweird.
    According to the New York Daily News a conservative group has asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether the "Vote or Die" campaign launched by Sean "Diddy" Combs' Citizen Change was really a ploy to sell his line of clothing. A formal complaint filed by the National Legal and Police Center alleges that Combs violated election law in his 2004 "Vote or Die" campaign by promoting Democrat Senator John F. Kerry and opposing Republican President George W.Bush. In its complaint the group notes that at rallies sponsored by Citizen Change, Leonardo DiCaprio urged the crowd to back Kerry. A commission spokesman told The Associated Press that it will review the complaint, and the matter will remain confidential until resolved.
    It's been confirmed by reports on a website for the ubiquitous Beyonce Knowles. A star of the third season of "American Idol" has been cast in the key role of Effie in the film version of "Dreamgirls" the Broadway hit musical from several years ago. It's going to be--drumroll, please, Jennifer Hudson, not Fantasia. Fantasia had the support of some big names, including the already-cast Jamie Foxx, but Hudson was quoted saying, "They said they wanted me. They said I was born for this."
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More Simpson Comments on Blake's Civil Trial

The jury awarded $30 million in the civil lawsuit against 72 year-old former television actor, Robert Blake, to the family of his murdered wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. Blake has said he is broke and owes money to the Internal Revenue Service. An attempt was made before the civil trial to settle the case out of court for $250 thousand, the amount Blake says is left from his once large fortune. Bakley's family rejected the offer.

O.J.Simpson, former grid-iron star at the University of Southern California and in the NFL, was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, then was sued in civil court by their families where a jury found him liable for their deaths. Because he did not follow either trial closely, the former rental car company spokesman says he has no opinion about Blake's guilt or innocence in the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. The families of Brown-Simpson and Goldman were awarded damages of $33.5 million. Simpson said the damage awards in both cases, (his and Blake's) are suspiciously similar.

Simpson said he and Blake were subjected to an unfair system in which a civil jury can essentially reverse a criminal jury's finding by using a lesser standard of proof in which jurors need be convinced only by "a preponderance of the evidence," meaning at least 51 percent.

O.J. Simpson also states he hopes someone eventually will go the before the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the system that permits double trials. "I'd love to see the Supreme Court rule on one of these cases," he said. He notes a defendant must have the money to post a bond in order to appeal the judgment, something usually beyond their financial ability.

Simpson offers this advice to Blake: "If Robert Blake has friends and family around him, he'll do fine. I would give him the same advice I gave Michael (Jackson) . You've got your kid. Go and raise your kid."

Finally he added, *"To me, the thing that's most disturbing is to watch these lawyers grand standing. It's all for TV and for the book deals. I predict they will make a book deal. They did it in my case."

*Our staff has a suggestion on how to get over being disturbed about the way the lawyers behave. SEE "New TV Program Idea" post
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Clark Dark Has A Report

Clark Dark here, with the latest celebrity news.

The jury awarded $30 million in the civil lawsuit against former television actor, and child-star of another era, Robert Blake, to the family of his murdered wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. The decision by the jury was 10-2 that Blake "intentionally caused the death" of his wife who was gunned down May 4, 2001 outside a restaurant where the couple had just dined.

"I still don't get how anyone can be found not guilty of a murder and then be found responsible for it in any way shape or form," so said O.J.Simpson in a telephone interview from his Florida home. "... If you're found not guilty, how can you be found responsible? I'd love to hear how that's not double jeopardy."

Simpson who was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, then was sued in civil court where a jury found him liable for their deaths, said he has no opinion about Blake's guilt or innocence in the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, because he did not follow either trial closely. The families of Brown-Simpson and Goldman were awarded damages of $33.5 million. Simpson said the damage awards in both cases are suspiciously similar.

Simpson said both he, and 72 year old Blake were subjected to an unfair system in which a civil jury can essentially reverse a criminal jury's finding by using a lesser standard of proof in which jurors need be convinced only by "a preponderance of the evidence," meaning at least 51 percent.

"If that was the standard in criminal trials, only 51 percent, then so many people would be convicted that we'd have to build more jails," Simpson said. "The standard is the difference."

I'm Clark Dark, ace investigative reporter for YouThinkWhat with your celebrity news.
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