Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mills of the gods

Mills of the gods

We seem to be getting away from the North Korean bomb news cycle and getting back to more important matters. Such as a "scuffle" between the actors on Grey's Anatomy" who portray Dr McDreamy and Dr Burke. Now that's real news.

The newsies call it a scuffle, here in the law we call it other things, "assault", "agravated assault", perhaps "attempted murder". It seems that after a heated exchange, Dr Burke grabbed Dr. McDreamy by the throat. I know that this is true because it was reported in my personal newspaper of record, The New York Daily News.

Show publicist (spinmesiter) Cynthia Snyder said (from the safety of her Washington D.C. office, 3,000 miles from the fray). "Differences are inevitable,they were aired,resolved and everyone moved on." I guess by aired she means by grabbing one party by the throat which in my industry is not called "aired" but "choking". Dr. McDreamy's publicist (the publicist of the chokee)put it even better. "In a close knit family, sometimes people argue." Yeah, some close knit families, they used to argue like that in the Manson family sometimes. But then as the publicist went on to say "everybody made up and went back to work."

Suppose you were in the care of a close knit "medical" family (like these guys play on television) and in their work space (your operating room) one of the surgeons put down a scalpel and came across the table in an attempt to choke the other . Or suppose you were in court, and one of your attorneys grabbed your other lawyer by the throat because of "family differences"? How would you feel ?

Not content to rely on such objective sources as the paid publicists of the parties involved, information was also sought from a "T.V. Historian" and author of the "Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable shows", Tim Brooks (I don't know if that is Dr Brooks or not, I don't know where these T.V. historians are educated.) Brooks adds, "Diva like conduct is not unusual." Equating this activity somehow with Cher, I guess, who seldom strangled Sonny (at least on the air). This "historian" then went on to say that anything that harms an actor's appearance can affect their work and added , enigmatically, "Dr. McDreamy needs his cheekbones, real violence can lead to fictional violence that can end your job."Not being a TV historian, I can't speculate as to whether real violence can lead to fictional violence. I can't specualte as to that because I don't know what the hell it means. Isn't fictional violence more likely to lead to real violence than vice versa ? Once you have strangled someone, is there really a need to write a story about it ? And what the hell does that have to do with Dr McDreamy's cheeckbones ?

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