I Never Talk About The Child

You might wonder how a full TV series can be produced from a hot dog stand often filled with drunk and/or stoned clientele? Me too.

I just ‘spoke’ to Stef on Instant Messenger. She’s in her office in Los Angeles. I seldom… maybe never… write about her work. It’s not that I’m not proud. I am. It’s that children demand some discretion from their parents. Fine.

She works for a company that produces reality shows. Think sausage. You really don’t want to know how reality TV made. It’s meant to be consumed, not analyzed.

Tonight is the premiere (10:00 PM EDT TruTV) of a new show from her company, “The Wiener’s Circle.”

The Wieners Circle is a hot dog stand in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It is famous for four things: its signature Chicago-style hot dogs, hamburgers and cheese fries, and the mutual verbal abuse between the employees and the customers during the late-weekend hours. On the weekends, the establishment stays open as late as 5:00 AM, drawing many drunken customers who have arrived from bars and clubs – Wikipedia

You might wonder how a full TV series can be produced from a hot dog stand often filled with drunk and/or stoned clientele? That’s what I wondered. From the short clips I’ve watched it works. The secret sauce are the over-the-top people behind the counter.

Click here to watch a brief sample of The Wiener’s Circle.

13 thoughts on “I Never Talk About The Child”

    1. BJ and Dawn – Today TV is more-and-more about narrowcasting. Most shows aren’t for most people. All they need find is their niche.

      1. I think you can equate it to certain sports. Take hockey…I would guess more people don’t watch it than do, but it’s a huge moneymaker! Or those “Real Housewives…” shows; I’ve never watched one, but they seem to be very popular. As they say “To each his own”.

  1. I’m not in the mood for anything serious or heavy tonight. I’ll give it a shot. Seems like good clean fun. 🙂

  2. It looks like a good laugh . I think that might be
    the same channel as parking wars which is really
    funny. I think we can all use a good laugh even if it
    it is a silly show.

  3. Eh, to each their own. With 157 channels in the average household, Geoff is right, “narrowcasting” is the word of the day. Not my kinda show. But neither is Storage Wars, Parking Wars, Real Housewives of wherever, etc. But people watch. Years ago, when there were 3 networks and basically 3 choices every night, producers wanted a 35 share. Now… they are happy with a 10 share of audience. It’s a different world, for better or for worse.

  4. Haven’t seen this show, but I do believe the stand has been on one of the Travel Channel food shows. Definitely an interesting place, to say the least, lol

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