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Fox’s Announcements – Eco-Friendly and Otherwise

July 22, 2007 4:08 PM

Fox’s programming announcements: “Hell’s Kitchen” and “So You Think You Can Dance” renewed for fourth seasons; freshman half-hour game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” gets another 13 episodes; “COPS” gets a 20th season; “MADtv” gets a 13th season.

Meanwhile Fox is showing compliance with Rupert Murdoch’s mandate that News Corp. companies battle global warming. The company’s TCA presentation has lanyards made from recycled bottles and talent arriving in hybrid vehicles.

There’s something weird about hearing Fox executives talk about protecting the environment. Such earnest altruism clashes with Fox’s slash-and-burn, devil-may-care persona. It’s like Bart Simpson sitting in church, squirming in the Sunday suit his parents made him wear.

Moreover, Fox announced that next season’s “24” will take steps to reduce its carbon footprint. “[‘24’] will strive to become the first television production ever to save enough energy and reduce enough carbon emissions over the course of a season to render its season finale ‘carbon-neutral,’” Fox announced.

Here’s the obvious, cheap-shot critic jokes: “An eco-friendly ’24?’ So Jack Bauer will electroshock torture suspects using solar panels now?” And: “A carbon-neutral '24' is easy—just produce another season like the last one since crap is biodegradable.”

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