Teens Cry Foul As President Bumps The O.C. Off The Airwaves
on 4/28/2005 (2)
At 8 PM Eastern standard time, a collective sigh swept across teenage America. As thousands tuned into Fox for their weekly dose of Ryan, Seth, Marissa, Summer and the rest of the O.C. gang, their hearts were filled with a blood clot of disappointment as they instead saw the smiling face of President George W. Bush, seemingly reveling in the fact that he was spoiling their prime time television fix.
|The O.C... apparently more well known to America's teenagers than President Bush. |
A decision to hold one of George Bush's few prime time press conferences was made public just days ago, well after it was announced a new episode of Fox's hit show The O.C. was to be seen. Along with many of the other major networks, Fox preempted their Thursday programming to show the Bush press conference.
"It's the President of the United States of America, the most powerful person in the world," said Fox executive Barney Wolfe. "When he wants to be on TV, you put him on TV."
Despite the stature of the man and the relative importance of what he had to say, thousands of teenagers called and emailed Fox to complain, far more concerned about the drama promised from the fictitious O.C. characters.
"What trouble are Ryan and Seth going to get into on Spring Break in Miami?" questioned one such impressionable youth. "And what about the girls left all alone in the O.C.? I might just die having to wait another week to find out!"
Many adults have expressed concern about their children's strong connection to this television program and their relative indifference to American politics.
"At first I was impressed, my daughters watched the press conference intently for over twenty minutes," said Susan Jenkins, mother of two teenage girls. "Then they started questioning each other where this George Bush guy came from and why the other O.C. characters hadn't made an appearance yet. I had to explain to them that this was the real President and that it wasn't a television show."
Citing the strong outpouring of support for their show, Fox has promised that the next time an O.C. episode is to be shown at the same time as a Presidential press conference, they will make special accommodations for their teenage viewers.
"We're proposing a split screen picture for future press conferences," said Wolfe. "This way politically minded Americans can tune in for the press conference but our teenage viewers won't miss their favorite shows. And heck, maybe these young boys and girls will learn something if they catch a bit of the press conference during an O.C. commercial break."
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