'Disastrous' New Year's Eve Broadcast Becomes First Viral Hit of 2013 LA Times
A "disastrous" New Year's Eve celebration on live TV has become the first viral Internet sensation of 2013, reports the Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker.
The show on independent station KDOC-TV in the Los Angeles area was hosted by actor Jamie Kennedy, known for his role in the "Scream" movies. Kennedy was "joined by a number of other celebrities who, like him, hit their peak around the turn of the millennium," the report notes. They included "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth and soul singer Macy Gray.
"What he probably didn’t count on is that the broadcast would become the first viral Internet sensation of 2013, but for all the wrong reasons," the piece points out. "The show was riddled with technical errors, uncensored language and sloppy performances -- particularly by Gray, whose slurred speech and temporal confusion had viewers wondering what she’d been sipping back in the green room.”
"So thorough was the chaos that even the countdown to midnight was off by 10 seconds," according to the story.
Some speculated that the show was a hoax, given that Kennedy once hosted a prank show. But the actor said guests were treated to an open bar and his goal was to make something spontaneous, according to the story.
Officials at KDOC weren't available for comment, the story adds.