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“Homeland”, Based on Israeli Show “Hatufim”, Wins Emmy

Monday, September 24th, 2012

“Homeland,” the Showtime series based on the award winning Israeli series “Hatufim,”  won the award for best drama series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Israeli Gideon Raff, the creator of “Hatufim,” won the award for best writing for a drama series for Homeland. “

Candid Camera, Egyptian Style

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

I never watched “Candid Camera” when I was a kid. We only watched The Wonderful World of Disney” and “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”

My parents enforced strict TV rules. But as an adult, when I can watch whatever I please, I really enjoy those old shows and have made up for lost time when it comes to shows like “Candid Camera.”

Watching the episodes years after they were first shown, I still get a kick out of the antics of the producers and the actions of the unsuspecting guests. “Candid Camera” took normal situations, twisted them and made them funny. The camera caught real, unrehearsed, responses to the most mundane situations.

It all began in 1948 when “Candid Camera” was a radio show starring Allen Funt and called “Candid Microphone.” Eventually the program made its way from ABC to NBC to CBS. In 1949, now on television, the name of the show became “Candid Camera.” It was the precursor for many of today’s reality shows. And like reality of TV of today, it was very popular and consistently top rated.

“Candid Camera” of yore was wholesome, honest fun. It was laugh-out-loud amusing to see real reactions to strange and funny situations. It was funny to see someone’s reaction after a mailbox talked to him. It would have been funny to see a person walk into closet thinking that it was a bathroom, but that episode was nixed because, in those days, the episode was considered too dicey.

Times certainly have changed.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But in the case of a newly reborn version of “Candid Camera” now airing on Egyptian TV, I am not so sure the adage proves true.

In the Egyptian version of “Candid Camera,” the surprise almost always follows the same script. The setup is always the same. The sketch repeats itself. The only different variable is the personality upon whom the prank is played. Several episodes, aired in Egypt from July 20 through July 22, 2012 can now be viewed at www.memritv.org/clip/en/3504.htm.

Viewer be warned: these episodes are truly shocking and extremely candid.

In each episode a famous personality is invited to a cable network for an interview. The guest is made to think the program airs on a German TV network. While on air, a viewer calls in outraged that this person is actually appearing on Israeli TV. The caller is cut off. The guest puts the pieces together, thinking he or she is now on Israeli TV. Tensions rise. Often, so do fists. The guests shout ugly, horrendous, curses against Israel and about Jews. They beat and punch and pull hair and kick the production staff – even the female host – thinking they have been tricked into appearing on Israeli TV.

One guest, still thinking she was on German TV, said Jews are all liars and that there was no Holocaust. When asked if that was not an exaggeration, she said of course not.

As a famous Egyptian entertainer was being led into the trap he said peace was between governments and not between peoples. He said there never will be peace between peoples.

After the traps have been sprung and the anger erupts, the production staff steps in to save their on-air people from the anger of the guests.

Without exception, each episode concludes with clapping and shouting: everyone is an Egyptian patriot, it was just a gag, a joke, Candid Camera.

It was a joke and a gag – both in poor taste – and certainly it was candid. After viewing these clips over and over I came to the conclusion that the material was, by its very nature, much more honest and candid than I could have ever imagined. No dialogue with an Egyptian would have elicited as much raw anger and unadulterated hatred toward Israel and Jews as this faux “Candid Camera.”

The guests, all of them, interchanged the words Jews and Israelis, which is very important to note. And they did not use the word “Zionist,” which is what the Iranians do. While it is commonplace for Westerners to assume the anger and hatred is reserved for Israel and Israelis, not Jews in general, that is totally untrue as these scenes reveal. This is what they call entertainment in Egypt. This is considered funny and mainstream.

Bill Cosby & the Holocaust

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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The Holocaust happened 25 years before I was born.  25 years before now is 1987.

The #1 television show 25 years ago was The Cosby Show.  That’s how fresh the Holocaust was in my mind growing up.  Fresher than The Cosby Show is to you.  Or Family Ties.  Or Beverly Hills Cop 2.  Imagine the entire Holocaust happening between the release of Beverly Hills Cop 1 and Beverly Hills Cop 2 – that’s how fresh the Holocaust was in the world in which I grew up.

Back then, we had maybe a dozen channels on TV.  And still, at almost every hour of every day, there was something on at least one of those channels about the horrors of the Holocaust or the evil of Adolph Hitler.

When I went to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial) in Jerusalem, my young guide prepared me for what I was about to see on the screens: the horrific images of dead Jews being bulldozed into pits.  He looked at me like he was expecting me to break down in tears or recoil in shock, which was apparently what all of his other clients did.  But I had seen those images a thousand times before on our handful of TV channels.  They helped form my earliest view of the world, and my earliest understanding of evil.  But these images were apparently not familiar to anyone else my guide had taken through Yad Vashem.  I didn’t cry.  I didn’t recoil.  I just stiffened my spine with yet another reason to make the bad people pay for their evil (reason #487: the room full of shoes at the Holocaust Museum).

Today, there are 1,000 channels on TV and almost nothing on any of them about Hitler or the Holocaust.  Even the History Channel has largely foregone Hitler and the Holocaust for “Pawn Stars,” “Cajun Pawn Stars” and “American Picker.”  American college students today are now 67 years removed from the horrors of six million Jews being starved, experimented on, gassed, and cremated – with only their shoes left behind as evidence that these Jewish human beings lived, loved, suffered, and died.

And when college kids today turn on the TV, they only have a 1 in 1,000 chance of landing on a channel that would even consider airing something that would teach them about Nazis – and even on that 1 channel there’s an 80% chance that it will be airing “Ice Road Truckers” instead of teaching this generation about the true nature of evil.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not some old guy, sitting on a porch, barking about “these kids nowadays.”  I am young enough to have been a hip-hop DJ at one point, and to produce a dance music record that charted above Puff Daddy (in Belgium) (no lie) (more on that later).  And yet my birthday was closer to the 1800’s than today’s college kids’ birthdays are to the Holocaust.

“Never forget” means remembering.  So this is my friendly reminder.

Video: WikiLeaks’ Assange First Booking on New TV Show Is Nasrallah

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Show me whom you interview first time you get a TV show and I’ll tell you who you are. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, for instance, interviewed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday, in the debut of his “The World Tomorrow” talk show on Russia’s state-funded RT cable broadcaster.

In his introduction, Assange called Nasrallah “one of the most extraordinary figures in the Middle East.”

Speaking from a “secret location in Lebanon,” flanked by the flags of Lebanon and Hezbollah, Nasrallah started with a familiar tirade about how Israel is the evilest evil in all evility.

Assange challenged Nasrallah on the image of Hezbollah as a corrupt bunch of fat cats, which the leader of said organization absolutely denied.

Assange also challenged Nasrallah on his support for the Assad regime, against the Syrian freedom fighters. Nasrallah was a bit less self assured on this point, but admitted that, basically, Assad helped him, so he helps Assad.

‘The Unchosen Ones,’ New Reality TV Show, Will Follow Dropout Hasidim

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

This reality show we’ll watch. The NY Daily News reports that producer Noah Scheinmann has been pitching to the networks (with some early interest) a new reality TV show with the working title “The Unchosen Ones.” He says it’s less about religion and more about the culture shock that the main characters—two men and two women—face after leaving the insular Ultra Orthodox Jewish community.

Luzer Twersky, 26, one of four cast members of the proposed show, is also one of 12 children of a prominent rabbi in Boro Park. He told the News that after he got married (by a shadchan, naturally), he found himself visiting Starbucks “to meet and talk to ‘real’ people.”

The father of two eventually divorced his wife, and “decided to find out for himself what else he was missing.”

His philosophical quest led him not to libraries, but to much darker places. Twersky told the News he became an atheist after a particularly intense conversation with a stripper during a lap dance.

“My only knowledge of the secular world at that point was from movies and what my parents told me, which is that all the goyim in the world were murderers, that they’d kill all the Jews if they had the chance,” Twersky, now an executive in the fashion industry and a part-time actor told the News.

“We’re led to believe that the secular world is one big orgy. Then you go out there and you start meeting people and you realize that’s not true,” he added.

Producer Noah Scheinmann told the News his proposed show is “about twentysomethings who make the decision to leave everything behind, and are now faced with living their lives without help from anyone and very little knowledge of the outside secular world.”

Scheinmann illustrates just how out-of-touch those former Hasidim are: “They didn’t know who John Lennon was, can you believe that? They thought John Lennon was a dictator. They just didn’t have any frame of reference.”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Noah Scheinmann, founder of No Regrets Entertainment, discovered his passion for television production as a telecommunications student at the University of Florida. In 1999 he became a producer for Internet production company Quokka Sports during their coverage of the Sydney Olympic Games with NBC. After producing the official website for the 2001 NCAA Basketball Tournament, FinalFour.net, Noah returned to TV as a producer on the ESPN reality series “The Life,” earning an Emmy nomination for his work. In 2004 he earned an Emmy Award for his work as a feature producer with NBC Track and Field at the Athens Olympic Games.

Before founding No Regrets Entertainment, Scheinmann was a producer on the documentary series “Timeless,” earning another Emmy nomination. In January 2006 became Head of Development for Red Line Films, where he left in 2008 to start his own venture.

The News reports that Twersky’s first few years were particularly rough, beyond the culture shock. Cut off from his community, he lived as a nomad, in a tent in Bushwick, in the backseat of a car, and on the couches of friends.

Four years later, Twersky is sharing his life with a “shiksa” girlfriend, reports the News. He sports a short haircut and no payas (sidecurls).

Watch Live Feed from Israel Channel 2 TV, Siege and Funeral

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

IDF Raids, Shuts Down, Palestinian Television Station

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Reuters reports that a privately owned TV station, which had just begun its operations in Ramallah, Judea and Samariah, was raided by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday. The soldiers seized broadcast equipment, computers and files, according to Ahmed Milhem, an employee.

Watan TV began to operate at 0200 a.m. local time and lasted for three hours.

The station is now off the air.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Reuters she had no initial information but was checking for details.

Azerbaijan Arrests Iranian Terror Cell

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Azerbaijan’s security agency said Tuesday it arrested a suspected terrorist group working for Iran. This is the second such claim this year, as tensions between the two countries are rising.

The National Security Ministry said on Azerbaijan’s state TV that it had arrested an unspecified number of people for preparing terror attacks against foreign citizens, on Iran’s orders.

The pro-Iranian cell was gathering intelligence and acquiring a large stash of weapons and explosives, the ministry said.

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