Fox's "On the Lot" should've been great. It's to filmmakers what "Project Runway" was to fashion designers. The problem is it seems the typical American viewer isn't really interested in how movies are made, forcing Mark Burnett and company to retool the show over the weekend.
The rush job shows. Host Chelsea Handler was replaced by Adrianna Costa (who looks like a cross between Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson) and the format is now a blatant rip-off of "Rockstar." Well, I'll take what I can; at least I'm seeing original shorts by new filmmakers.
The trouble with the text-based voting, though, is that it isn't really the best way to gauge the best fiilmmaker. The first three to be removed (all Europeans, BTW) are also some of the more promising ones. Carolina from Spain, for one, had a very interesting dark comedy short. How she was booted out over the idiot who can't even tell a coherent story (Wack Alley Cab) is beyond me.
Ah, but that's text-based democracy for you.