Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Morgan Spurlock's New Show - 30 Days (FX)

Morning Sedition had Morgan Spurlock on as a guest on Friday morning. Morgan originally made a name for himself by creating Supersize Me--a documentary about the abusive role of McDonalds and the Fast Food industry in modern American living.

Recently, Morgan has now been working on a new series called 30 Days, which will be premiering on FX on June 15th. 30 Days sounds like a great project -- The show will tackle various social issues here in America by submerging individuals in different environments to see how they are affected.

In the pilot, Morgan and his girlfriend, Alex, move to Columbus, Ohio for thirty days and try to make ends meet working a minimum wage job, with no health coverage. Another episode takes a pro-war fundamentalist Christian and places them within a Muslim family living in the Muslim capital of America, Dearborn Michigan. In a third example, a homophobe and former member of the military lives with a gay couple in San Francisco. In each episode the show outlines how individual views are challenged as they learn about different cultures and ways of life.

I think this is a tremendous project, and I really look forward to watching this show. Morgan did a great job with Supersize Me, and I wish him luck in this endeavor. If you have a few minutes, I recommend downloading the archive of Morning Sedition - available here. The Morgan Spurlock interview begins at 1 hour and 24 minutes.