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Worst Idea Ever for a TV Show

Posted by Dan Draney on February 14, 2006

We think we’ve seen the worst that TV has to offer, then they surpass themselves. All Headline News – Buttafuoco And Fisher TV Reunion – February 13, 2006:

New York, New York (AHN) – After more than a decade since 16-year-old Amy Fisher had a sexual relationship with the much-older Joey Buttafuco and then shot his wife, Mary Jo, in the face, the three have agreed to appear together in a televised reunion. The three have signed on for the appearance, which has yet to be sold to a network, television producer David Krieff told the New York Post.

Fisher, now 31, and who spent seven years in prison, says, “We played this all out in a public eye. It’d be interesting to let the public see the healing process at the end. They saw everything else, why not let them see the final product?”Joey Buttafuoco, who was jailed for statutory rape following the 1992 shooting, says he plans to ask Fisher to explain her actions. The Buttafuocos moved to California and divorced in 2003. Mary Jo, who remains partially paralyzed from the shooting, is engaged.

We lived in the New York metro area when this hit the fan in 1992. Fisher, who’s kind of like Monica Lewinsky without the intelligence and class, was dubbed The Long Island Lolita, and the story was played out endlessly on New York TV and in the papers. We got enough of the story then to last for 10 lifetimes.

Joey B, who looked and talked like something that slithered out from under a rock, seemed to revel in the notoriety his statutory rape of a 16 yr old created. There were hints of a mob connection, but perhaps he was just cultivating that to enhance his persona. Joey wants to ask Amy to explain her actions? I agree: Why didn’t she shoot him?

Mary Jo was determined to Stand By Her Man, despite the fact that his philandering led a teenage girl to try to kill her to “win” him (What a prize!). After Mary Jo recovered she was often seen on camera defending the Love of Her Life, her speech permanently slurred and facial features distorted. The big question here, as far as we are concerned, has always been: Why in the world did Mary Jo love Joey before she had a bullet in her brain?

You may take some hope and comfort from the fact that the show has not yet been sold to a network. Don’t kid yourself; it’s only a matter of time. What’s next? How about a Tawana Brawley/Al Sharpton Reunion Show, complete with all the people they slandered to cover up her runaway weekend with a boyfriend?

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