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Dawn Ostroff Compares Picking TV Shows To "Sophie's Choice" - OnMedea

Dawn Ostroff Compares Picking TV Shows To "Sophie's Choice"

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DawnOstroffSmall.jpgMs. Ostoff made this horrific comparison yesterday in Pasadena at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

[From The Hollywood Reporter:  "It was really a 'Sophie's Choice,' Ostroff said of trying to choose projects for next season with only 10 hours to fill.]
Seriously, Dawn?  There was no other phrase you could use. 

"Sophie's Choice" was a decision Holocaust survivor Sophie Zawistowski had to make on which of her children would live and which would die in a Nazi concentration camp.  Sure, it was a work of fiction by William Styron - but he has even said that it was based on a real story (fyi, Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for her portrayal in the movie).

The decision on which child a parent would choose to live and which to die is the same as which TV show on The CW makes the schedule and which doesn't?  The Gossip Girl spin-off or The Vampire DiariesSupernatural or One Tree Hill

sophies_choice.jpgI know it was said on the fly and was meant to convey that it was a difficult choice - but come on.  Imagine what the Right Wing Pundits would say if President Obama, during the recent Beer Summit, said "It's really a 'Sophie's Choice' in deciding which beer to drink." 

I started OnMedea with the intention of having a positive tone in regards to the world of media (with the exception of anything concerning Ben Silverman) - but that's been really difficult based on what I'm discovering out there. 

I certainly hope Ms. Ostroff made the right decision and the new "Melrose Place" lives up to her expectations.

For the record, Sophie chose the boy.

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea - (I understand the slight irony that I write these things under the blog title OnMedea - a fictional woman who slaughtered her kids after finding out her man had an affair.) 

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molly glover said:

Ouch. I read that in the trades but didn't really make any connection or opinion. So many people use that analogy and it really is inappropriate. Nice blog, Jill.

Hollywood Producer said:

A lot of people quoted that, which I found to be a bizarre statement, but no one really attacked it.

Andy the plumber said:

I'm sure it was just a simple oversight. No big deal. Business talk always is that war kind of talk. Cut throat, getting slammed, etc. NO big deal.

McGringo said:

Sounds like something Dawn would say. Deep down, I know she loves to say 'no' to people. She could care less about the shows that she cancels or doesn't buy.

Anonymous Ted said:

Some people get very attached to television shows. You can't blame her. Melrose Place looks hot.

vf551xvt said:

Luv this blog, it's nice to read posts that don't suck.

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Jill Kennedy - Blogger - OnMedea Jill Kennedy is an Ivy League MBA / refugee from Lehman Brothers.

Manka Bros. (and the Manka Business Channel) hired her (for a very low sum) to cover the world of media (not the world of Medea) in her own words without corporate interference.

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