: After less than a year on the job, Michael Lefavore is out as editor of TV Guide. It’s not an easy job taking that behemoth that keeps shrinking as readers shift to newspapers, online, and the graveyard (I used to work there). But at a minimum, the person in the post has to love TV and the word was that Lefavore didn’t. That seems so from what he told Ad Age:
He said he was brought in to rework and redesign the title — which he has — and added, “I’m not into living the world of reality television for another year. Who wins on The Bachelor and who doesn’t is not, to be perfectly honest, something I can get very excited about.”
Now I can understand not loving the reality TV overdose as a viewer (which is why I don’t watch all of it). But as an editor, I think this would be a great time to be covering TV, for TV is suddenly acting like news (albeit faux news): In the reality shows, there’s excitement, suspense, drama, controversy, and even a touch of sociology. Watching reality TV doesn’t beat great comedies and dramas. But covering reality TV does.
(And, no, I’m not returning to TV Guide.)