Sunday, February 28, 2010

ABC-TV NY: Ringling Special

ABC-TV, Channel 7 in NY, did a 30 minute special on the new Ringling Blue Unit show last night, hosted by Bill Evans.

There was virtually NOTHING on the clowns.

I don't think that I have ever seen a television special on circus that so studiously avoided one of the very basic components of classical circus. I'm curious if the deletion was on the part of the circus or by choice of the television producers.

Either way, it's surprising to see Ringling clowning so obviously marginalized.


Anonymous said...

Don't you mean new "Blue" show?

Pat Cashin said...

Thank you. I've corrected the mistake.

I'm just used to Jonathan Lee Iverson being on the Red.

Anonymous said...

You're right. I saw one clown making a comment and that was it.
Nothing about clowns that is deserved, disappointing on that level.

Paul G.

Ajina said...

It's surprising how much the company leans on the clowns to be the PR arms and legs, to be the face, to do all the interviews, to attend every single event... and shuts them out of recognition, creative process and continuously pretends they don't exist.

Freelance Dork said...

The clowns have been marginalized for YEARS!

Anonymous said...

If you want to be marginalized and a glorified production dancer/prop...... get a job on the Ringling show.