When Categories Collide
October 15, 2007
From a new season of The Office to the dual bows of CW NOW! and TMZ, there really are a lot of good things happening on TV these days. Sadly one of them is not a sex-filled Zombie crime-fighter show as CBS decided not to pick up Babylon Fields (there also doesn’t appear to be any truth to the rumour started right here/right now that the show is based on the I.L Peretz short story, “the Dead Town”). But even without zombie (from the Kongo nzambi god) madness and YS favorite Studio 60 (or, in German, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) the TV landscape is studded with all your favourite award winning programs. There’s also a new season of The Price is Right to look forward to. Though Dash was not initially in favour of Mr. Carey as host of TPIR, new developments have caused me to reassess my opinion of the ponderous comedian (and no, not the early reviews).
Drew Carey takes traffic seriously and wants to do something about it.
Apparently when not hosting game shows, Mr. Carey volunteers his time to alleviating commutes around the LA metropolitan area (or, at least making anti-gridlock advocacy videos about it). He even goes so far as to fly one commuter to work in a helicopter! In Drew’s opinion, highways around LA should be double tiered, and new tunnels should be dug. As a civil libertarian, Drew believes that the private sector should bear the cost of these new roadways, which would be built as toll-roads. While Libertarianism, like Marxism and Veganism, has probably failed as an ideology, Drew is correct that the US’ current transit expenditures are a joke, as the vast majority of transportation money goes to highway funding and highways can receive upto 80% funding from the Federal government while transit can only receive upto 50%. Without an equitable share, mass transit will never have a shot.
One can only hope that Drew somehow manages to turn TPIR into a bully-pulpit for anti-congestion tactics. But at the very least, at least we have a better idea of why Drew Carey is the new host of The Price is Right: a god-like reverence for, and faith in, the market. It’s only fitting that he should be involved with one of its defining rituals.