Sounds like a desperate call for attention.
If it's MTV's "Jersey Shore," or a foul-mouthed rock star presenter at an awards show, or a loud, raw-language-speaking pundit on a news, sports, or music variety program, viewers can be tweaked to watch.
Yet a week ago CBS's Grammy Awards didn't have any controversial moments, and the show's ratings soared 35%, to their highest level in six years. Sure, no one took the microphone away from Taylor Swift this time. But maybe we were still expecting it to happen -- again. Anticipation sells as well.
The principals of a particular so-called parents-led TV pressure group sent a note to CBS about how honored it was concerning the quality of the show -- meaning that no one got out-of-line.
Television has always been a tough balance between commerce and art. But some believe CBS sold out the artistic integrity of musical artists by moving the Grammys too much to the commercial side. One professor said the show this year was too much of a promotional, shilling exercise.
Creatively, TV networks always seem to push for the new, the different -- and yes, stuff that not everyone may not want to see.
For example, there's a new MTV scripted comedy/drama, which focuses on a pre-teen with an above-average bit of anatomy. TV's creative masters are obviously working overtime here.
If advertisers are to buy, if viewers want to watch, and as long as the network is upfront -- so to speak -- with content, who are we too say what's what?
Live television has that other edge -- a more difficult boundary to master. Maybe that's why producers of Emmys, which lost its edge over the years, want the show to go all live next time around.
CBS aired the Super Bowl this past weekend. Six years ago it infamously profiled one of Janet Jackson's boobs by mistake.
Where will TV's next big unexpected, controversial -- and maybe high-rated -- moment come from?