ep with no tires driving all the way through Ventura County ... the guy who tried to kill himself by ramming his stolen truck into an underpass.

I'm kinda itchin' for a good car chase. Ain't seen one in a while.

H.

Posted by: Howard Owens at September 17, 2002 03:12 PM

Howard -- The follow-up, to me, has always been a great *newspaper* idea; as in, "hey, you know that chase you watched for two hours yesterday? Well, here's the background story behind it, the conclusion, and a dissection of the policing you witnessed." Reading the L.A. Times after watching the local news, you'd think the two were covering entirely separate cities, when in fact they're not, and enough people consume both....

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 17, 2002 03:17 PM

It's genius.

Special guests could drop by during the chases, like Eric Estrada and Larry Wilcox.

Or Vince Neil. "Vince, you were in a nearly fatal crash once... oh wait, we're going back live, apparently the vehicle has driven into the back of a Tercel."

Film directors like James Cameron could tape shows comparing the speeding and burning cars to great scenes in movies. "The way thisDodge folded up like a tin can when it hit that median is not unlike the scene in the Bourne Identity where.... "

Behind The Music style profiles of the drivers being pursued. Analysis of tire speed and grip vs. current weather conditions (providing affiliation opportunities for several other cable channels).

The on the scene commentators can be typecast against the make and model of the vehicle being pursued... a well dressed fellow in a yellow tie when it's a fleeing BMW, a girl in an Lynard Skynard shirt when it's a Mustang.

Naturally the pursuing camera cars and choppers will be covered in advertising.

And yes, the Classic Chases idea is golden. For the mid morning hours when live chases are less likely.

This is a great investment opportunity.

JB

Posted by: Joe Briefcase at September 19, 2002 10:16 AM
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