The Greatest TV Trial Coverage EVER

Written by  //  January 20, 2012  //  Televised Entertainment in Review  //  No comments

Cleveland’s WOIO-TV Has a Genius Way of Getting Around Being Barred From Filming a Local Corruption Trial

If you know anything about me you know I’m totally fucking obsessed with puppets. Not sexually – let me get that out of the way because I know my readers, and you are all sick, deviant people and I love you for it – but seriously – I’m apeshit for puppetry. I think its pure genius, totally artistic, and incredibly fun. How obsessed am I with puppets? My first stop when I came to Hollywood was Jim Henson Studios, I know every word to the soundtrack of Labyrinth, I read Jim Henson’s website daily – yes, I know he’s dead (heart – broken) but the studio throws us fans a bone and posts daily entries from his diary here. And I may have seen everyone of the Puppet Master movies and given them all 5 stars on Netflix whether they deserve it or not. I could go on. I won’t. Let’s just say, I’m a little crazy for puppets.

That’s why I’m now totally obsessed with Cleveland station WOIO-TV’s coverage for the corruption trial of Cuyahoga county commissioner Jimmy Dimora, which began last week in Akron, Ohio.

After the judge trying the case decided to bar TV cameras from the courtroom (the nerve!) the station took matters into their own hands and came up with the most brilliant trial coverage idea I’ve ever seen in my life (and I followed E!’s Michael Jackson molestation trial coverage with the creepy impersonators RELIGIOUSLY – so I think I know a thing or two about bizarre coverage tactics) – why bother with tired “been there, done that” shit like putting a reporter in the courtroom who then gives a daily report that evening, or utilizing one of those hack sketch artists to paint weird pastel representations of the goings on – why do any of those things… when you have a puppeteer on hand?

Did you catch that? They’re using Sesame Street style puppets to reenact a trial.


This is their “inside reporter” – a talking squirrel who delivers the courtroom play by play in the vein of a sports announcer.

Here’s defense attorney Andrea Whitaker questioning star witness Ferris Kleem.

How incredibly genius is this? How badly do you want to move to Cleveland just so you can witness this daily? Okay hold on, that was going too far – no one wants to live in Ohio, there are some crazy. fucking. people. there.

Crazy people like puppeteer Kirk Maynard and cameraman Dave Spangler – who continue to deliver the people of Cleveland SOLID GOLD.


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