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Format

Thirty-minute talk show and entertainment showcase that promises to "blow you away with guests bringing us what's fresh and new at the cutting edge of the cultural curve." Unfortunately, the show never uses captions to identify these guests, so viewers are sometimes forced to play such games as "Name That Overfed Suburban Rock Band."

The blond hostess introduces guests but never herself. She does wear the same outfit for every show: go-go boots, short skirt, Flashdance-homage crop top. Her Betty Boop voice and groupie wardrobe belie her intellect, as she befuddles guests with references to Bach's improvisational style, the story of the prodigal son, and the intricacies of conga drum construction.

Target Demographic

Those who can fill in this lyric: "Remember my name. ________! I'm gonna live forever. I'm gonna learn how to fly. ________!

Thematic Concerns

Learning about the creative process and the fastest way to gain an audience--preferably one with Mary Hart or Steve Kmetko.

Representative Excerpt

Suzette Tomlinson, a model, music video dancer, and aspiring actress, discusses her career trajectory with the blond hostess.

Blond Hostess: Are there certain videos that you've seen in the past that have kind of given you an influence, like, hey, I really want to dance like that or I really want to be like certain artists, like, who knows? Snoop Doggy Dogg or somebody like Puff Daddy or something. Like, oh, I really like their work and I want...

Suzette Tomlinson: Oh yeah. I love Jennifer Lopez's stuff, I love 702. Oh gosh, it's all the young, happening artists. I love Usher. I worked with Usher, actually, on a movie.

BH: Oh you did?

ST: It's called Light It Up. . . . I play a high school student, so I have a very small part in it. But, ah, we got really close with the cast and crew. It was Usher, Vanessa Williams was in it, Forest Whitaker . . .

BH: So what was the biggest thing you learned from that experience, working with people who have already made it and they're really successful? What rubbed off on you?

ST: The hard-work ethic. Just really getting into your craft. And studying and just do the best you can. Taking every job you get and making it like that's your chance. It's your moment.

BH: So you got to play a waitress in something. So tell me, what did you learn from that? [laughs] Was it to learn to be a little more respectful to other waitresses when you go out to eat?

ST: I learned I don't want to be a waitress! [laughs]

BH: Lots of actresses have to waitress to get by. But I don't think you will, because you're making it.

Peek Into Psyche

Nate Sanders, an actor coming off his first paid gig as Robin Hood in a troupe that performs in high school gymnasiums, shares past work experiences with the blond hostess.

Nate Sanders: No Exit was another interesting thing I did back in college. It's a study of hell and, you know, people's relationships. How these three people, they were trapped in a room together for eternity, that was hell, so how they dealt with each other. You know, they could have very easily made that heaven, but because they did not deal with each other on a very mature level it became hell.

Blond Hostess: So is this from the existentialist viewpoint?

NS: Yeah.

BH: So explain that to our audience, who may not always understand what existentialism is all about. [giggles]

NS: You know, I'm not an expert on existentialism. I've read a few things written from the existentialist viewpoint.

BH: Like what?

NS: Like No Exit from Sartre . . . ah . . .

BH: Being and Nothingness?

NS: No.

BH: 'Cause that's the bottom line on existentialism, guys. Basically my favorite line from existentialism is "Man's choice is his fate." It's very much about everything that you do, you have to be responsible for and to think about every choice you make in life because it can totally change your life in a very critical way, in a positive or negative way.

NS: We all begin to see that as we get older.

Expose airs Tuesdays at 6 PM on cable access channel 19.

--Joy Bergmann

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