The New York Times interviewed Nancy Dubuc, president and general manger of the History Channel, for a piece on their new “America” mini-series. The conversation turned to the torrent of non-historical programming that has inundated the network. Here’s an excerpt:
“The History channel under Ms. Dubuc has expanded what qualifies for its programming lineup, incorporating popular series like ‘Pawn Stars’ and ‘Ice Road Truckers.’ Ms. Dubuc, apologizing for being ‘testy,’ dismissed criticisms that the new shows take History away from its core mission, saying they aren’t reality shows but ‘vérité documentaries on people doing history today.’”
Oh, vérité documentaries on people doing history today. Now I get it.
That reminds me, there’s a penetrating exposé on age disparities in American relationships that I need to TiVo.