“I have no interest in television right now,” tweeted the guy who’s on television 22-23 hours a day in response to this story.
Lol. I have no interest in television right now. I’ll leave that to the experts. I enjoy practicing law and look forward to prevailing on behalf of my client Stormy Daniels. That’s where my focus is. #focused #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 17, 2018
Nothing against either of them but what’s the supposed appeal of this show?
The prominent television agent Jay Sures discussed with executives at CNN and MSNBC the concept of a program where the two men would square off, according to three people briefed on the issue. Both have become frequent cable network guests — Mr. Avenatti as one of Mr. Trump’s greatest antagonists, and Mr. Scaramucci as a loyalist to the president even after flaming out after less than two weeks at the White House…
Mr. Avenatti has not yet hired Mr. Sures, according to two of the people, but it is not unusual for Hollywood agents to work informally with potential clients. Mr. Sures, who is based primarily out of California, has represented Dr. Phil; the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd; and the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” Norah O’Donnell. Both Mr. Avenatti and Mr. Scaramucci attended a party thrown by Mr. Sures during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend last month in Washington.
“One’s a Trump crony, the other’s suing the pants off of him! Together, they’re The Mooch and Michael!” Meh. Avenatti’s on TV ’round the clock not because he’s particularly witty or insightful but because he’s a newsmaker. He’s rolling out dirt on the president’s lawyer day by day. Eventually that well will run dry (although, given the extent of Cohen’s shadiness, maybe not for a year or two). What then? He’s shown a knack for throwing elbows at his political enemies, which is useful in a cable news host, but whether he’d be interesting opining on the news of the day is an open question. Probably he would be. How high is the bar set for “interesting” on cable news, after all? The question is, has Avenatti built such a fan base among the hashtag-Resistance that they’d watch a show he’s hosting even when he’s spending most of his time farting out opinions about the North Korea summit, say, instead of his Quest To Take Down Drumpf?
I’m not sure about Scaramucci’s appeal on TV either. He’s fine but a bit dull in his cable hits, often surprisingly soft-spoken and more establishment in his opinions than POTUS is despite his Trumpist loyalties. Where Scaramucci really shines is in print interviews, when he doesn’t need to worry about network censors bleeping him and can indulge the profane Pesci-esque character that lives within him. If The Mooch and Michael landed on pay cable, like HBO, it might be worth watching to see Scaramucci do his “one F-bomb every 15 seconds” thing. But on MSNBC? Who cares? If the only hook here is taking a Trump booster and a Trump antagonist and having them co-host a show, you could do that with a thousand different other combinations, many of them more entertaining. Here, off the top of my head: Sloppy Hour with Steve Bannon and Rosie O’Donnell. I’d watch the fark out of that.
Another thing. Why would either Avenatti or Scaramucci want the daily grind of doing a show? Can’t both of them earn more in their current jobs than on cable? Avenatti’s won some big judgments and Scaramucci is a Wall Street guy. They’re not going to get Hannity money for a new show whose prospects are uncertain, and meanwhile they’d be putting in long-ish hours preparing to tape every night. And it’s not like either one is hurting for TV opportunities. Avenatti probably logs about as much airtime nowadays as he would if he had his own show and Mooch is sufficiently “colorful” and tapped in that he can get himself booked anywhere at will on short notice. I don’t get it. Although I do agree with Josh Barro that an Avenatti/Scaracmucci show in which they had to make elaborate wedding cakes together while a clock ticked down would be must-see TV.
Exit question: If you’re going to do this concept, isn’t an Avenatti/Giuliani show a much, much more appealing possibility? They hate each other! Conflict is the essence of good drama. Make it happen.