“Entertainment Tonight” did it again. The show that likes to bill itself as the granddaddy of all entertainment programs gave scant coverage to the death of yet another true artist. This time, the gifted co-founder of The Eagles, Glenn Frey.
I was still angry a week after “ET,” now in its 35th season, devoted less than a minute to the passing of David Bowie last week.
But it was the night after the Golden Globes and “ET” had tons of footage to get to. Not so much about the Globes’ winners and losers, but this year “ET” producers seemed obsessed with which celebrities were back together with their exes. OBSESSED!
Again last night, “ET” spent what seemed like less than a minute noting the passing of the talented, hard-working Frey.
One wonders how much TV time the passing of a Kardashian would get if we lost one? Even one of the minor ones. God forbid.
As “ET” was ending last night, over on CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, a serious news program not noted for its entertainment coverage, was leading with a story about the accomplishments of Glenn Frey. It was followed by a discussion with Dr. Sanjay Gumpta about rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia, the deadly combination that took Frey’s life at the age of 67.
That’s all I really want. Just the facts. But all of them, or as many as are important.
A Facebook friend commented that years ago, “ET” briefly marked the passing of legendary actress Katharine Hepburn 22 minutes into its show. Talk about burying the lead.
Another FB friend commented that real fans of Glenn Frey don’t need television to remind of them of who he was. True enough.
It could be argued that, like professional athletes, celebrities don’t warrant the amount of coverage they get, and that would be true enough. But more and more, shows like “ET” seem unable to distinguish what really is and isn’t important, and it’s just sad.