On The Menu: Mourning Dominick Dunne And VH1 Reality Content


There was lots of mourning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast today.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven remembered the life and work of Vanity Fair special correspondent and author Dominick Dunne, who died yesterday. Jason was proud to report that Dunne had completed his final novel, “Too Much Money,” before his death, and it will be published later this year.

The hosts also talked about VH1 reality shows and Ryan Jenkins, the reality show contestant and murder suspect who committed suicide after being sought by authorities for the murder of his wife. Jason reported the news that VH1 is now planning to revamp its programming to move away from the sort of reality dating shows that Jenkins appeared in. Can the shows that Jenkins was featured in or VH1 be blamed for this tragedy?

“VH1 used to have so much really great content,” Matt remembered. “Whether it was ‘Pop-Up Video’ or just their penchant for just replaying great videos…It was always about great music and always about that one thing.”

Jason was also very excited to announce that the 1989 film Heathers might be remade into a television show. “I loved [Heathers] and we quoted it all the time in high school,” he said. “Maybe that dates me a little.”

Matt was less enthusiastic about this possibility. “I was five when the movie came out,” Matt admitted.

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