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Dreadful News

A distinct, penny-dreadful approach to framing the news appears to have taken hold at WREG.

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Last week Fly on the Wall highlighted a story by Channel 3's Luke Jones who introduced his segment about a sword-wielding mugger on Summer by flicking open a wicked-looking little knife.

This week, we'd like to advance our theory of WREG's emerging pulp style by sampling the opening of a report headlined "Man Attacked With Vaporizer at Troubled Downtown Nightclub": "A dark cloud hovers over some businesses, now casting more shadows than Sunday's already dreary weather."

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Okay, so maybe the story of a man assaulted with smoking paraphernalia at a place called Purple Haze lends itself to some purple prose, especially if you're getting quotes from some guy in a colorful umbrella hat. But then the meteorologist caps things off by weather-Tweeting, "It was a dark and stormy night." Or something like that.

Neverending Elvis

Sun Records may have been denied a second season, but one of the more colorful characters represented on the Memphis-shot series is getting his own biopic. According to a report in Variety, The Colonel puts Elvis' infamous manager Tom Parker in the spotlight. The film about Parker, who was also an ex-carney, secret immigrant, and serial fabulist, is based on author Alanna Nash's book The Colonel. It's slated for production in 2018.

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