Witness to the Execution - The
Made-for TV movie Witness to the Execution (1994) spoofed
the media and its audience addiction to blood and vengeance.
The movie starred Sean Young as an ambitious TV executive who
proposes the first ever TV execution. Tim Daly appeared as the
unlucky convicted criminal who gets fried in an electric chair
to the soulful strains of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Senator
Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) attacked the film saying "too much murder,
too much mayhem, too much violence."
TRIVIA NOTE: Probably the tackiest
contest ever held on television occurred in 1978 when the
syndicated satire AMERICA 2-NIGHT program sponsored the contest
called "I would like to throw the switch because...contest."
Barth Gimble (Martin Hull), the host of this late night talk
show debacle urged the viewing residents of the fictional town
of Alta Coma to become involved in the festivities of
"Electrocution Night '78," a local happening where a convict was
to be executed "live" on stage. Oh boy, pass the popcorn!
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