Monday, October 24, 2011

Best Of The Guest Generals: Frank Sulkowski

In June of 2008, TV Guide Network aired a show called "Making News: Savannah Style."

The show detailed the ins and outs of WJCL and WTGS in Savannah, Georgia. The station was the lowest rated news show for Savannah, and was occupied primarily by rookie reporters on their first job out of college.

What made it of note to this blog, is that in the 12th episode of the shows first season (and I believe only season) features a sub-plot about their sports director Frank "The Big Guy" Sulkowski being recruited as a Guest General.

Sulkowski had a good showing, scoring three points for the Washington Generals. One when Special K challenged him to shoot a basket, and the other being a foul shot. In fact, the Generals ended the first half of the game up by three points. So no one can claim Sulkowski lost them the game. Of course, they did go on to lose, the Generals would have to wait another day.

The reason Frank is getting mentioned here isn't for his gameplay, however. What I loved about this particular Guest General, was that while the Globetrotters have had no shortage of reality shows, in this episode of "Making News" the Washington Generals took center stage.

The time the episode spent on the Guest General plotline was all about the Washingon Generals. Giving the team some recognition and coverage they usually don't get on National Television. Even if it was the TV Guide Channel, which I don't think even they would argue is at the top of the cable ratings.

But if you think about it, the Washington Generals getting their "Reality Show debut" on a lower tier cable channel, in a series about a bunch of underdog reporters... I'm not sure that at the end of the day, the Washington Generals couldn't have been more at home.

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The episode in it's entirety is below, coutesy of Hulu. Although fair warning, while the Generals story line ends by the episode, the A plot ends in a cliffhanger. So if you end up hooked on the show because of this episode don't say I didn't warn you. 


RELATED LINKS


Frank "The Big Guy" Sulkowski's Bio on WJCL

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