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(AZ Family)   If you were one of the people who guessed the owners of Amy's Baking Company were purposely acting outrageous in front of the cameras just so they could land their own reality show, please come forward to collect your prize   (azfamily.com) divider line 39
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2013-10-12 08:49:26 AM
7 votes:
They may be ready-made for a garbage "reality" TV show, but her psychosis is very, very real.
2013-10-12 12:05:54 PM
5 votes:

Headso: wasn't there comments about them on yelp and whatnot long before they were even on any show? they were playing some kind of long con to eventually get a reality show? they are probably just crazy people, they do exist...


Look at the Queen of Crazies, Sarah Palin. Mayor who left her town saddled deep in debt, Governor who was facing ethics violations and a sort of botched job, and suddenly she was lifted out of her mire of self inflicted dumbassery, and turned a failed Presidential campaign into a reality show, and how many ghost written books, that were promptly whisked away to be given to folks who sign up for a website, and propel her books on to the bestseller list to give her "credibility" because she was useful and polarizing.

This does nothing to reduce her level of crazy. She still has the heart of a grifter, but she was given some good sized lessons to be able to profit from that crazy. Then again, Palin had a marketable skill to drive fundraising. She might be crazy, but she is useful.

Now then, are Amy and her husband REALLY that marketable? Folks are certainly willing to watch trainwrecks. Even trainwrecks that are carefully crafted on their offensiveness. I point to the exploitative efforts of TLC with Toddlers and Tiaras and the whole Honey Boo Boo thing. That show pisses me off, not because of the family, but because the execs' idea that it's cool to laugh at folks struggling. I suspect that a few execs MIGHT think it funny to do a show that constantly throws Amy curves just to watch her implode, episode after episode, but without some hook, like a failed Presidential campaign derailed by the impression of a "Not Ready for Prime Time" candidate who utters folksy wisdom while performing dumbassery, a bunch of C-list celebs engaging in dumbassery, or poor people to laugh at from comfy chairs, I don't think watching a woman without charm and without much self awareness is going to market much of anything all that well.

I don't think that execs are above putting crazy eyes on screen--that is ascribing ethics and standards to folks who said, "Yeah, let's put on a show about a shark filled tornado"--and watching her implode, week after week, but I don't think that there's really a market for brand of crazy. If anything, it might be a bit too close to home for a lot of viewers. You market "reality" TV on two methods: these people are just like me, and they are overcoming and winning, or these people are nothing like me and I'mma point and laugh. You can't market a show on these people are JUST like me and they're bughouse crazy...

Not too long ago, Mad Mad House was on. "Normal" people thrown into a house with a bunch of folks who led alternative lifestyles. It was supposed to be sort of exploitative of the alternative folks as the crazy people, and it wound up exposing folks to people who weren't crazy, but just different. If anything, the "normal" people wound up being the odd ones in the house, as they were the ones who brought a lot of prejudices in, and what I liked about the show was watching folks shed those preconceptions. A lot of critics didn't get the concept, and on the surface, it was "shocking" but the shocking part wasn't the nudist, or the modern primitive, or the vampire gothy cat, but how folks rolled into a situation, and lived with folks who were being marketed as cookie cutouts, and wound up showing NOT their craziness, but instead their humanity and spirituality. It was NOT really what I expect the execs were looking for, and it wound up not being picked up again. That the show threw a curveball on the audience, and a mirror up to them, was a bit discomfiting I think. Not good "reality TV" by any means, because it didn't let folks retreat into their bubble of "well, obviously WE'RE OK." And that is something that I think a lot of execs learned from watching this show do its thing--or rather, the message that the ratings told, and their assistants who watched the competition could draw from it--is that if you hold up that mirror to the audience, and they realize that THEY are sort of not right in the head, then maybe you will make folks uncomfortable, and discomfort is only supposed to come from "shocks" and pseudo-torture or folks watching implosions, not realizing that they're maybe not good people at heart. An Amy's show would do that for a lot of folks, and that isn't what execs are really looking for...
2013-10-12 09:17:46 AM
4 votes:
Logic fail. Just because they get a reality tv show because of their craziness doesn't mean said craziness is an act. They can actually be crazy and any profit they make from it is incidental. Its sad though that we seem to reward douchebags like this by allowing them to profit from their douchiness.
2013-10-12 08:53:35 AM
4 votes:
The article didn't say that at all... it just said they were gonna get a reality show, not that they were faking it.
2013-10-12 12:45:55 PM
3 votes:
Oh, and the asshole who wrote this?

Having ultimately decided that he couldn't help their business, Ramsay left Amy's Baking Company without fulfilling his duties to help turn around the restaurant.

That asshole needs to be slapped. "Duties"? Really? Fark you. He's there as a consultant, to help those who want help. These assholes? They didn't want help - they wanted to have a big name show up so they could exploit the attention.

And they're still exploiting the attention. Fark them.
2013-10-12 09:18:08 AM
3 votes:
Great, another reality show about people i don't care about, and where they create drama and bullshiat for the amusement of people who watch such drivel as "lizard lick towing", "WWE", "Jerry Springer" ,"Real housewives" or other bullshiat made up drama shows. If you are amused and entertained by such, kill yourself, or try reading a book, on second thought, just kill yourself.
2013-10-12 09:09:34 AM
3 votes:

The Voice of Doom: oukewldave
FuryOfFirestorm: Considering how out-of-touch with reality Amy and her husband seemed, either they were really nuts or just playing it up for cameras for their 15 minutes.

I think they are nuts and just amped it up even higher for TV. Seems to have been effective...

Yeah, I think it's entirely possible for them to be batshiat crazy and having amped things up without having a specific goal in mind before finally making use of the opportunity and running with it.


My money is on this, too.
2013-10-12 09:05:07 AM
3 votes:
I know it's typically bad to wish misfortune on people. This isn't one of those times.

/FU coont
2013-10-12 11:18:33 AM
2 votes:

DeathRaySanta: It's been a long long long time since any traditional pop-culture horror product has evoked, for me, anything more than vague appreciation. Everything is derivative, and after a while it's just not effective anymore.

And then one day, I saw this:

[img.fark.net image 400x65]

No. Farking. WAY.  Just, no.

That look-- scripted or not-- is just TERRIFYING, on a very deep-down primal level. Count me out.


Exactly the reason I can tell you this is not scripted.


You can't fake "Bachmann Eyes".
2013-10-12 10:57:09 AM
2 votes:

cookiefleck: .. it just said they were gonna get a reality show, not that they were faking it.


No, actually it didn't even say that.  If you read carefully, there is neither a producer or network named who is supposedly tied to this "venture."

I believe that they are just so crazy as to think they can claim that they are going to be the stars of a new reality show and it just magically happens.  As a former denizen of Hollywood and having worked there as an attorney specializing in the entertainment bizness, until there is a producer attached to a project, it is just wishful thinking.
2013-10-12 10:08:43 AM
2 votes:
They are wishing and hoping that because they ANNOUNCED the reality show it means it really, really is going to happen. No channel, no contract, no debut date.

Sounds like Amy's infantile reasoning ability is at work again.

/even if she gets the show, hands up for those who think that she is such a lunatic that she will be deemed too difficult to work with and blow her chance.
2013-10-12 09:42:12 AM
2 votes:
That behavior reminds me a bit of this:
i.imgur.com
2013-10-12 09:26:42 AM
2 votes:
A channel and debut date for the new reality show has not yet been announced.

So...where's the reality show? You would think a network would want to start promoting this right away. Are they just going to take a couple of Sony Handycams and upload the footage on Youtube? Every time I think their insanity is an act they pull some genuinely baffling nonsense like announcing a reality show when nobody in their right mind would do business would them. They need serious mental help.
2013-10-12 09:12:37 AM
2 votes:

miss diminutive: Couldn't obsessively seeking the spotlight through ever crazier antics, even if staged, be considered a form of crazy?


No. That's just considered being American now.

/we started 2 wars and shut down the government for attention!
2013-10-12 09:05:23 AM
2 votes:
So glad I cancelled my cable TV years ago. As long as this horse sh*t from TV execs continue, I refuse to even allow a penny of my money to go to them.
2013-10-12 09:04:51 AM
2 votes:

Fluid: I guess you can make a living that way, if you have zero dignity.


Zero dignity is the new dignity..
2013-10-12 09:03:58 AM
2 votes:
oukewldave
FuryOfFirestorm:
Considering how out-of-touch with reality Amy and her husband seemed, either they were really nuts or just playing it up for cameras for their 15 minutes.

I think they are nuts and just amped it up even higher for TV. Seems to have been effective...


Yeah, I think it's entirely possible for them to be batshiat crazy and having amped things up without having a specific goal in mind before finally making use of the opportunity and running with it.
2013-10-12 08:57:13 AM
2 votes:
One of their workers did a Reddit AMA basically affirming all the crazy about that place. They went through 100s of employees. They may have been angling for their own reality series I don't doubt that...but per their former workers they really are that badshiat crazy. Plus all the weird legal shiat they've been feloniously involved in. And it [potentially, allegedly?] being Fronty McFronties, though I don't think that was ever proved just a lot of ppl thought so.

Sometimes a cigar is a cigar, and crazy is craycray
www.killthehydra.com
2013-10-12 08:53:39 AM
2 votes:

FuryOfFirestorm: Considering how out-of-touch with reality Amy and her husband seemed, either they were really nuts or just playing it up for cameras for their 15 minutes.


I think they are nuts and just amped it up even higher for TV.  Seems to have been effective...
2013-10-12 08:48:40 AM
2 votes:
I guess you can make a living that way, if you have zero dignity.
2013-10-12 01:05:35 PM
1 votes:

FormlessOne: Oh, and the asshole who wrote this?

Having ultimately decided that he couldn't help their business, Ramsay left Amy's Baking Company without fulfilling his duties to help turn around the restaurant.

That asshole needs to be slapped. "Duties"? Really? Fark you. He's there as a consultant, to help those who want help. These assholes? They didn't want help - they wanted to have a big name show up so they could exploit the attention.

And they're still exploiting the attention. Fark them.


There's a reason that I don't do consultancies any longer. It's hard to look folks straight in the eye, after taking a look at the books and the business, and telling them straight up that the best thing that they can do is close up shop, immediately, and stop the hemorrhaging. The second hardest thing is to do your best, give them your suggestions, and then watch them throw them out because they have no intention of changing their business practices. I felt less bad about folks who just don't want to listen, because they're doing it to themselves.
2013-10-12 12:57:37 PM
1 votes:

YoOjo: Does nobody else think that sex with that woman would be off the chart?
I'm not advocating that complete novices go around throwing their dick up some crazy but if you have a moderately damaged attic like myself then there's not so much to lose and lots to gain.
I was with a woman like her once in Austin, just a few nights spread over a week or so but I still shudder at the intensity. She repeatedly grappled with her own head mid-sex, she literally grabbed her own head and yanked it from side to side making those cracked knuckle noises with her neck, all while shouting 'fark me daddy, fark me baby' over and over. The good bit was her hips moved like a cat under a hosepipe, I had to hold on.
This Amy woman, yeah, a total freak in bed.


It reminds me of that 30 Rock episode with Jennifer Aniston as the Liz crazy friend/Jacks psycho lover.

It's too true, but as a guy who doesn't like drama, I wouldn't touch her with your dick. A couple of farks, no matter how good they are, isn't worth dealing with a potential Lorenna Bobbit.
2013-10-12 12:12:38 PM
1 votes:

hubiestubert: Headso: wasn't there comments about them on yelp and whatnot long before they were even on any show? they were playing some kind of long con to eventually get a reality show? they are probably just crazy people, they do exist...

Look at the Queen of Crazies, Sarah Palin. Mayor who left her town saddled deep in debt, Governor who was facing ethics violations and a sort of botched job, and suddenly she was lifted out of her mire of self inflicted dumbassery, and turned a failed Presidential campaign into a reality show, and how many ghost written books, that were promptly whisked away to be given to folks who sign up for a website, and propel her books on to the bestseller list to give her "credibility" because she was useful and polarizing.

This does nothing to reduce her level of crazy. She still has the heart of a grifter, but she was given some good sized lessons to be able to profit from that crazy. Then again, Palin had a marketable skill to drive fundraising. She might be crazy, but she is useful.

Now then, are Amy and her husband REALLY that marketable? Folks are certainly willing to watch trainwrecks. Even trainwrecks that are carefully crafted on their offensiveness. I point to the exploitative efforts of TLC with Toddlers and Tiaras and the whole Honey Boo Boo thing. That show pisses me off, not because of the family, but because the execs' idea that it's cool to laugh at folks struggling. I suspect that a few execs MIGHT think it funny to do a show that constantly throws Amy curves just to watch her implode, episode after episode, but without some hook, like a failed Presidential campaign derailed by the impression of a "Not Ready for Prime Time" candidate who utters folksy wisdom while performing dumbassery, a bunch of C-list celebs engaging in dumbassery, or poor people to laugh at from comfy chairs, I don't think watching a woman without charm and without much self awareness is going to market much of anything all that well.

I don't think that execs ...


I would like to subscribe please
2013-10-12 11:42:24 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, no. They're really that farking nuts.
2013-10-12 11:22:35 AM
1 votes:
wasn't there comments about them on yelp and whatnot long before they were even on any show? they were playing some kind of long con to eventually get a reality show? they are probably just crazy people, they do exist...
2013-10-12 11:12:46 AM
1 votes:
It's been a long long long time since any traditional pop-culture horror product has evoked, for me, anything more than vague appreciation. Everything is derivative, and after a while it's just not effective anymore.

And then one day, I saw this:

img.fark.net

No. Farking. WAY.  Just, no.

That look-- scripted or not-- is just TERRIFYING, on a very deep-down primal level. Count me out.
2013-10-12 10:48:10 AM
1 votes:

jayphat: Nevermind the fact that these people are batshiat insane. The fact that they steal the tips from the servers alone should be enough to drive these people into the ground and never return, despite how much money they throw at the place.


If I were a reality show producer, I'd never EVER want to work with those two.

Can you imagine trying to tell Amy what to do, give her stage directions, ask her to come to place X at time Y, deal with her cringing husband running interference, and then, after all that, feel the brunt of her wrath when the show makes her look like a narcissistic harpy instead of the sweet little angel she thinks she is?
2013-10-12 10:46:34 AM
1 votes:

ransack.: jayphat: listernine: What time/day does this air on SyFy?

Sadly, I wouldn't be surprised if it DID air on SyFy. Because ya know, Syfy has become wargarbble.

It was whargharble before it was even renamed from SciFi, also when I read Syfy it looks like it should be pronounced Siffy


I remember the golden age. Friday night lineup: Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica. A Whole host of other shows: Eureka, etc. Highest ratings the network ever saw. Beat out the some of the regular networks on Friday night too. Then they hired that biatch who used to run the WE channel. And then came WWE. To which the answer was 'well, it's got great ratings."  If ratings are all that matters, and not an actual connection to science fiction/fantasy, they might as well just air soft core porn a la' Cinemax saturday nights. I mean, after all, RATINGS are what matters.
2013-10-12 10:41:40 AM
1 votes:
Nevermind the fact that these people are batshiat insane. The fact that they steal the tips from the servers alone should be enough to drive these people into the ground and never return, despite how much money they throw at the place.
2013-10-12 10:07:12 AM
1 votes:

listernine: What time/day does this air on SyFy?


Sadly, I wouldn't be surprised if it DID air on SyFy. Because ya know, Syfy has become wargarbble.
2013-10-12 09:58:50 AM
1 votes:
The sound like a guy I worked with years ago he always had some "deal" in the works. He would talk about something he was working on. He would go on about some TV show, movie, club where he was going to make a fortune, then he would hit the person up for money. After a while the only thing people would say to him was no.

Idiot Coworker: Hey there how are you doing? I got this thing...

Coworker: NO!

IC: But you havent let me.....

C: NOOOO!

He was off in some fantasy world or just a con artist like at ABC.

Has the place closed yet?
2013-10-12 09:51:30 AM
1 votes:

freetomato: No channel, no contract... they are full of crap. They don't HAVE a reality show. They WANT a reality show. And God willing the reality that they are universally reviled will biatchsmack them and they get nothing.

I hope.


In other words, the situation is the same as it was at the end of May:

If your bet was 'Less than a month' on how long it would take Amy's Baking Company to get a reality show, claim your prize. Now get the *bleep* out of here and don't come back

Yeah. "Followup".
2013-10-12 09:44:03 AM
1 votes:

Lady Indica: One of their workers did a Reddit AMA basically affirming all the crazy about that place.


i read that AMA too. i think they're batshiat crazy assholes who are trying to claw whatever money they can from their shaming.
2013-10-12 09:39:47 AM
1 votes:
The weirdest part of the Amy's show was when the husband turned to Ramsay and said something like, "You're not the gangster here; I am".
2013-10-12 09:33:43 AM
1 votes:

The Great EZE: A channel and debut date for the new reality show has not yet been announced.

So...where's the reality show? You would think a network would want to start promoting this right away. Are they just going to take a couple of Sony Handycams and upload the footage on Youtube? Every time I think their insanity is an act they pull some genuinely baffling nonsense like announcing a reality show when nobody in their right mind would do business would them. They need serious mental help.


No channel + no date = no show.

Even if they have filmed episodes, that does not mean it will ever be seen.  Most likely they are just shopping it.  Does not mean anyone will buy it.
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-10-12 09:23:14 AM
1 votes:

symptomoftheuniverse: TV's Vinnie: So glad I cancelled my cable TV years ago. As long as this horse sh*t from TV execs continue, I refuse to even allow a penny of my money to go to them.

What an ironic fark handle you have.


don3k.nocorvair.com
I approve!
2013-10-12 09:18:23 AM
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: So glad I cancelled my cable TV years ago. As long as this horse sh*t from TV execs continue, I refuse to even allow a penny of my money to go to them.


What an ironic fark handle you have.
2013-10-12 08:50:59 AM
1 votes:
Considering how out-of-touch with reality Amy and her husband seemed, either they were really nuts or just playing it up for cameras for their 15 minutes.
2013-10-12 08:44:11 AM
1 votes:
Wait, you mean things like Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars are put on and fake? Get out of here... Reality TV is... Real!
 
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