Fox hates money. One of my friends (and fellow readers) suggests I should quit opening my writings with a phrase that suggests any idea of mine is outrageous. I should let the reader decide if it is or isn’t. So there was no suggestion at all. I just said it. Fox. Hates. Money.
I had hoped it would not come to this. Let’s do some simple math, shall we?
NBC’s The Office Convention-Scranton, Pa. = 4,000 attendees a day; Spends an average of $127/day on hospitality; $2 million in revenue.
FOX’s GLEE Convention-Lima, Ohio = $0.
Glee at one point was the No. 1 show in the world. Stars like Lea Michele and Chris Colfer make about $75,000 an episode. Glee’s popularity has fallen in double digits. The musical comedy will likely be renewed for a fifth season, due to syndication and a loyal teen audience, but it used to pull in 11 million viewers. It’s now lucky to pull off ratings in the low 2’s.
No, there was not a "Glee" convention in the show’s hometown of Lima — even though one was suggested to none other than the creators themselves. With all the “Star-Trek” conventions and “Comic-Con”-like showcases that bring in billions of dollars to local economies, the opportunity to immerse fans fully by connecting local business and global fans did not happen. There was no booming economic reality (or Gleeality) for business-minded local vendors who could have used the dollars from tourism. There was not a full in-your-face educational tie-in with students from the Lima and Allen County chools to boost community involvement, so no Gleesearch (or research) for the younger generation. Eight thousand fabulous pairs of jazz hands (and a couple million extra dollars) from around the world are floating, nonexistent into the void of the minds of Ryan Murphy and Rupert Murdoch. This makes no sense. It’s so *expletive* obvious.
This is what it means to *facepalm*.
Al Roker hosted the Today Show from the University of Scranton, Ohio. I guess the couch that Steve, Gretchen and Brian sits on isn’t the right style for Lima’s Arts Magnet School. I’m sure we could have found the right atmosphere — like The Meeting Place where Phil Keoghan hosted "The Amazing Race" from (or The Met if wine in the morning is their thing). We could have had a student block party or street festival like Scranton did with Bill O’Reilly on the 1’s and 2’s on the square. The images would have been endless. It would totally be fair and balanced.
If only the hometown of the No. 1 fictional show in the world that celebrates the art of live performance had a grand facility where a large group of people would gather together to take part in a bit of its reality through receptions, cast meet-and-greets, Q&As, exhibits, costume parties and dance competitions. I was terribly shocked — and depressed upon discovering the numbers for Honey Boo Boo and Abby’s Dance Competition. Now there’s a “reality” cheerleading competition where we get the “real drama” of both the overachieving cheerleaders and their overachieving mothers. Will the wonders of television never cease?
Simple Idea Time: A 2 1/2 hour hour event held at Veterans Memorial Civic Center hosted by Holly Koza conducting a live sit-down interview with Ryan Murphy, two cast members, a dance choreographer and song arranger from the show. The interview would discuss Glee’s connection to Lima and the success of the show. It would be an hour-long interview, followed by an hour-long Q&A session for the audience in attendance (with an emphasis on questions popping up from the core fanbase of the group — the youth.) Before the interview, open with a performance from a Glee Club group of kids from surrounding schools. Wapakoneta, hometown of Kent Boyd, who was the runner-up of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (my actual favorite reality show) is not even a half-hour from here. But we would need a connection — oh, he was recently on the show? Let … me … think …
I wonder how many website views Fox lost out on because there was no winning video of a student film contest expressing their excitement of Glee coming to Lima. What could the press have been like if the winner had their film screened, a VIP meet and greet with Glee and maybe a $5,000 to $10,000 grant to their school to start a film/communications program? I wonder who would pay premium dollar for a really cool meet-and-greet with Jane Lynch and other cast? Mayor Berger felt it was a good idea. So did The Lima/Allen County CVB, Lima Chamber of Commerce, Allen Economic Development and Lima schools. Their emotions and support for this venture was put down on paper and submitted to the creative minds of Glee and Fox. It was simple. Entertainment. Jobs. Education. Jobs. Tourism. Jobs. Culture. Jobs. A new economy. Did I say jobs?
An event like this would give the community, the creators, cast and the network serious national press. You know who would have been perfect to kick off the event? Phyllis Diller — she’s from Lima.
Oh, wait. Rest in peace. I hate missed opportunities. At least I got to meet her. It was an awesome time. I was honored to give Madame Diller a lifetime achievement award for the local film festival.
If only there was another major event that could serve as another connection to the actors, writer and technical experts from Glee for the festival. I’m stumped.
When I get this depressed, I burn dollar bills. Don’t hate me. I’ve discovered others do the same. Fox deserves a big slurpee in the face for this.