I just buzzed by the live telecast of West Wing. Good for NBC. I’m a fan of live television, working in it on a daily basis. Live puts an edge on this and any other show that’s missing once it goes to tape.
Unfortunately, in the lower right corner of the screen is an NBC News logo with the word LIVE above it.
This is a mistake. News and fiction need to be separated. There are already enough people who are suspicious of the separation between news and entertainment. This continues to blur the line.
West Wing’s producers undoubtedly want to make this seem as real as possible, but I think this particular move goes over the line.