so after the gil mantera show, they introduced me (and everyone else who was hanging out at ultimate donny's house) to the wonders of Local On-Demand tv. it's just like any other O.D. channel, except that it's all local interest stuff.
here in cinci we don't really have anything good, just fishing shows and town meetings. up in youngstown, though, we watched a couple awesome O.D. programs. the first was what seemed to be the "speech" part of a county fair queen contest. pretty pretty good. we followed that up with the vocal competition section of "kean idol", a sort of local, low-rent american idol ripoff.
both were pretty swell, in a terrible way -- not exactly "outsider", but definitely in that direction. the speeches in the former were hacky & hammy at best, and the songs in the latter were either of the "hey cute, this 3rd grader sings Cats" variety or were performed by housewives who've seen every episode of american idol and imagined themselves just as good.
it was pretty funny, too, that they had the 3rd graders and the ladies (and the token not-very-good rapper) all lumped in together in one competition.
man we need that stuff here. i might try the fishing show, though...