Making an appearance on a TV show in Suzhou, June 2009
Two days ago at work, we were contacted by a TV station that wanted to do a 1 hour documentary about a town in Sweden. We invited them in and sat down to discuss the outline of the program, that mainly centred around a panel discussion:
TV team: We obviously need a celebrity for the panel.
Us: Right, what kind of celebrity were you thinking?
TV team: That doesn’t matter. We have know idea of who’s famous in Sweden. You tell us.
Us: Right… eh… so when are you shooting this program?
TV team: On Tuesday!
Us: This Tuesday?! In 5 days?!
TV team: yes. And except for the celebrity on the panel, we would also like some famous Swedes in the audience! Can you get some flown in for us?
Don’t you just love this?! Not even when we said that there was no way a person could get a visa, much less make it to China, within the time frame that they were giving us, did they seemed worried:
TV team: well, we expect you to come up with something for us.
Again, got to love the attitude. Here’s a TV team that’s taking no responsibility what so ever of what they are doing, much less plan their own programs. Think if the same thing would happen in Sweden: a team like that wouldn’t even be able to get a meeting booked: no one would take them seriously!
But over here it’s different, and of course we did our best to help them. Hopefully they will get a celebrity interview by phone on the day of the shoot (because we simply couldn’t go around the visa issue).
As for celebs in the audience –my boss asked me to do a stunt. And how could I decline?!