Smoking Gun TV (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Sociology  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Hosted by Mo Rocca, senior political correspondent of The Daily Show, this lighthearted cable TV special is a celebration of the popular Smoking Gun Internet website, which, since 1997, has been publicly exposing the bad behavior of the rich and famous. It will be remembered that it was The Smoking Gun which revealed that the "star" of a well-known reality show had been slapped with a restraining order from a former girlfriend, and that one of the contestants on another such program had been the star of innumerable "bondage" films. The website has also dug up the police mug shots of such high-profile miscreants as Yasmin Bleeth and Robert Downey Jr., pointed out that actor and self-styled political activist Ben Affleck hasn't been registered to vote since 1992, and had a veritable field day with the likes of Martha Stewart and Jennifer Lopez. The special is subdivided into segments bearing such titles as "Celebrity Marital Discord," "Reality Show Blues," "Nick Nolte Makeover," "Strange and Unusual Crimes," and "Backstage Pass," and it closes with an animated segment based on Smoking Gun's radio station, WMOB. Smoking Gun TV was originally seen on Court TV, which has owned the titular website since 2000.

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celebrity, expose [revelation], Internet, website