Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lingerie Football League show on MTV2 needs retooling pronto

The Lingerie Football League premiered on MTV2 over the weekend and I was underwhelmed.
Kudos to the game announcers for playing it straight and treating the LFL like a sport, instead of just an excuse to have pretty women run around in bikini lingerie.
The “LFL Presents: Friday Night Football on MTV2” is shown at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time, a time slot usually reserved for Cinemax soft-core skin flicks.
Unfortunately “LFL Presents” is an overproduced mess. There are way too many quick cuts and jarring graphics for my liking. They're distracting.
Each show covers the previous week’s game in a half hour (more like 20 minutes minus commercials).
For a show featuring gorgeous female athletes in skimpy uniforms, most of the action is shot from a distance. The video shot on the field and close to the players captures the sport better.
The producers of “LFL Presents” need to make some changes to the show pronto.
Here are my suggestions to the producers:
For starters, lay off on the swooshing graphics like that metallic LFL football that fills the screen between plays and all the quick edits. Don’t be afraid to hold a shot for more than a few seconds.
Get on the field or the sidelines, close to the action.
Also, the few times you used slow motion to capture a key play worked really well.
Provide more player profiles and interviews. We, the viewers, want to get to know these athletes better.
And finally, why blur out the wardrobe malfunctions? This is cable, not broadcast. And it’s late-night TV. No kids should be up.
Then again, MTV did produce the infamous Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 that featured Janet Jackson’s nipple slip that spawned the term “wardrobe malfunction” in the first place. So, maybe you're overly cautious.

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