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.