Saturday, March 15, 2008

New Book about TV Rumors

Edmonton Journal [Alberta]
15 March 2008

Debunking TV's biggest myths
Joanie Loves Chachi wasn't a hit in South Korea -- or anywhere else, for that matter

Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service

Television not only convinces us of things we otherwise might not believe, it also convinces us of things that never actually happened.

Just ask Bill Brioux, a former staff writer for TV Guide Canada and author of the book Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths. [...]

[The article recounts Brioux's investigation of the rumor that Zsa Zsa Gabor once asked TV talk show host Johnny Carson if he'd like to pet her "pussy." Carson's co-host, a none-too-reliable Ed McMahon, told him the incident had actually happened.]