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Twenty Dollars

I don’t get it.

Am I living in an alternate universe where I would never, ever get in my car and drive 30 minutes to some office location, sit around for 90 minutes answering questions about some television show that had yet to be developed, then drive another 30 minutes home — all for twenty dollars?

I’ve been coordinating these focus groups for this television show I’m developing for Comedy Central, and in doing so I had to find 20 people for two focus groups. What do they get for coming in? Food, riches and a brand new car? No. Twenty dollars.

Sorta made me depressed that there are people in this town who would do all of that for such little money. Made me wonder if just the idea of being in a “focus group for a television show” is what’s motivating people instead of the money. Are they, secretly, actors who hope that by speaking eloquently will get asked to be on the show? I don’t know — none of these people are supposedly actors.

It’s just strange to me. I don’t get it.

Tonight is the premiere of Celebrity Mole Yucatan on ABC at 10pm PST. Some of the other producers who I worked with are coming over tonight to watch the first episode, which we’ve all seen over 5 times. So the question to be asked is, “Are they coming over to reville in the excitement that is the Premiere, or are we just plain silly?”

Don’t answer that.

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