The biggest cinema event in Atlanta TV news will premiere some time next month. I’m anticipating Anchorman 2 with a mixture of anticipation and dread. On one hand, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was the most important movie ever made about local TV news. Based on that alone, the sequel is worth anticipating. On the other hand, there will inevitably be recycled jokes. The Hangover 2 was a godawful sequel to a fine lowbrow comedy. Anchorman 2 has potential for similar wretchedness.
But — it was filmed in Atlanta. One suspects there will be cameo appearances by local news folk. I’ve heard no scuttlebutt of any appearances from any personnel from my station; I’m rooting for the other non-WSB stations to have some placement in the movie. If there’s going to be anybody in it from WSB, I’m rooting, of course, for Mark Winne in a trench coat.
The producers of the movie did not call me, unfortunately (and I failed to make any effort to reach out them). My appearances in Squidbillies should have had them hot on my heels. Apparently, my ability to churn other peoples’ comedic material in cartoon voiceover never got on their radar.
Next week I’m due to do a voiceover for my fourth Squidbillies episode. This appears to be making me into a bona fide recurring role. In each episode, I’ve played “Doug Richards,” a reporter appearing on TV within a graphics package that looks remarkably like WXIA’s.
My acting skills are clearly limited. I suspect they feel they’re kinda stuck with me though, given that they’ve already got a template for my caricature. Plus, they work with my wife.
- report on a crime spree by the main character;
- report on a north Georgia cave that seemed to alter the theory of evolution;
- report on the Atlanta Pride parade (mistaken by the main character, Early Cuyler, as a parade devoted to country music legend Charley Pride);
- report on (fill in the blank. They haven’t sent me the script for next week’s taping yet.)
So I won’t be in Anchorman 2. But I will be in Squidbillies, season nine, episode TBD — assuming my boss OKs the script, and I make the episode’s final edit.
As an aside, can we get the guy who does the voice of Dan Halen to cut some news promos on some Atlanta station please?
In other news, an Atlanta radio show sampled a story I produced last week and put it in a song. I didn’t even know those guys were still on the radio.
Meantime — one of my coworkers shows up in a ten-frame Daily Show cameo, and the flicker of hope remains kindled for yours truly.