Or maybe it wasn’t a coincidence because it didn’t exactly happen the way it was planned to happen. You be the judge…
My wife was increasingly pregnant last year and was staying in bed more and more as the baby grew closer. So she and I decided that, what the hell, we would catch one of those stupid Reality shows, watch it from start to finish, and it wouldn’t be Survivor. So we chose Fox’s Murder in Small Town X.
The premise was simple: 10 or so contestants trying to catch a murderer. At the end of the episode both a contestant got “killed” by the serial killer, and a person from a list of suspects was eliminated. Obviously this was geared to create a frenzy in the American populace as millions of people tried not only to guess who the murderer was, but also who would win.
In theory, but not in fact. The show tanked. It tanked so hard that Fox decided to end the show early, by showing the last episode a week early in conjunction with the second to last episode in a “Spellbinding 2 hour conclusion!” So, on Tuesday September 4th, we learned that contestant Angel Juarbe solved the mystery and walked away with a quarter-million and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Of course he had to wait until the final episode aired to take possession of the winnings, but he finally got his check.
On Tuesday, September 11th, NYC firefighter Angel Juarbe died as tower 1 collapsed upon him as he was evacuating people from a building adjacent to the WTC.
Had Fox not hurried the show, the final episode of MSTX that had Mr Juarbe winning would’ve run on the very day that he died in the WTC attacks.
Actually, it wouldn’t have because it would’ve been postponed because of the attacks. And then, all of a sudden, Fox has this little piece of crap TV show that nobody watched, that now has one of America’s fallen hero’s winning a quarter million dollars on the day that he died. What the hell do you do with that? Run it? Don’t run it? I think there is some Fox executive out there that is very, very glad that he didn’t have to wrestle with that decision.