Miss America, You’re Fired

The Miss America pageant, reeling from years of low ratings and cancellation by ABC, is now seriously considering remaking the competition as a reality TV show complete with catfights and backstabbing. From the UPI wire report:

“It really hit home this past year that viewers in America are changing quite a bit — what they want to see is different and that’s been a problem with our show,” Pageant President Art McMaster told The New York Post.

“We were live on a Saturday night, and in the first 15 minutes, 42 of the contestants exited stage left,” McMaster said. “That doesn’t really help us when America wants to get to know everyone.”Anyone who has ever seen the HBO Emmy winning documentary Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen (review) knows there’s plenty of fresh territory to mine in the beauty pageant/reality TV genre, but a version produced by the Miss America organization is not the answer. Their version is sure to be as captivating as, well, the Miss America pageant – which is to say, not very…

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