GREATEST AMERICAN DOG
While it is a commonly known fact that all dogs go to heaven, thanks to the Tiffany Network a select dozen are also going to a new reality show. Twelve extraordinary teams of dogs and their owners -- from pageant competitors to those simply trained at home -- will live together and compete against each other in challenges that put the owners' ability to train their dogs to the test. Each week the judges eliminate one dog and their "master" (or is it the other way around?). The last remaining team will walk away with a $250,000 cash prize and the title of "Greatest American Dog."
The show is hosted by Jarod Miller, at age 25 he is the youngest accredited zoo director in America. Apparently the initial choice for the hosting job was Travis Brorsen, a graduate of Oklahoma State University who was born and raised on a small farm outside Perry, Oklahoma. Upon graduation he moved to California with the observation that, "It was either go back home and drive a tractor or move to the beach -- the decision was easy." We cannot help but wonder why Travis was given the boot before the first episode was shot, although his alma mater might provide a clue. After all, Stillwater isn't exactly known as being a haven for on-camera charisma. (Think Mike Gundy...)
And speaking of the beach, we at Needtovent have a favorite competitor -- a fabulous English Bull Dog named Tilman who loves to hang out with his owner to do a little skimboarding when he isn't skateboarding or snowboarding.
If you love dogs this is a show worth collaring.
If you don't love dogs then you must be a card-carrying militant member of the Black Panthers, a Republican's Prada-shod Trophy Wife or a knife-wielding Korean Chef -- may God have mercy, respectively, on your soul, on your sole and on your Seoul.
One last thought -- wouldn't it be terrific if Fred Willard was brought in to do the commentary for the finale?