Back in 2006, two series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "30 Rock," debuted on NBC with the exact same premise: What actually happens behind-the-scenes at a "Saturday Night Live"-type show? The two programs were inevitably compared, and when they were, everyone expected "Studio 60" to be the better show, because it was Aaron Sorkin's. "30 Rock," meanwhile, was this goofy 30-minute sitcom that featured, in its first five minutes, Tracy Morgan wearing tighty-whities and waving a lightsaber. No one expected that much.
What ended up happing was this: "Studio 60" turned out laughably bad. It took itself way too seriously and was boring as shit. "30 Rock," meanwhile, just went off the air after seven seasons as one of the best comedies on TV.
Where am I going with this? Two similar documentaries that focus on pop stars are coming out soon. One is about Beyonce. Critics are excited, because everyone admires Beyonce. And it's on HBO, so you have to think it will be well made.
The other is a reality series focusing on Ke$ha. It's airing on MTV. Early buzz is that SHE DRINKS HER OWN URINE IN IT.
Ke$ha leaked the information to BBC 1 radio, saying she imbibed her own urine while filming an upcoming MTV documentary called "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life."
The 25-year-old said her journalist brother filmed the doc over the last 2-and-a-half years, claiming, "He got all the things you would want to see and all the things you wouldn’t really want to see -- making out with dudes, drinking my own pee, jumping out of a building, jumping out of aeroplanes, swimming with sharks ..."
She added, "I was told drinking my own pee was good ... Somebody tried to take my pee away from me and I said, 'That is mine!' So I snatched it up and took a chug and it was really gross so I don't do it anymore."
I've learned my listen from "Studio 60." I'm skipping the Beyonce doc, and you should too. The Ke$ha one, though, is going to be must-fucking-see TV.