Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen puts his foot
in his mouth in ‘The Franchise’
Showtime’s “The Franchise” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
takes us behind the scenes of a sports franchise,
right in the middle of a season. This year it’s
the Miami Marlins, who were expecting big things
for 2012. They have a new stadium, a new name,
new uniforms, new stars and a new manager in
the foul-mouthed Ozzie Guillen. Owner Jeff Loria
hoped the Marlins would be the talk of baseball.
They have been, but for all the wrong reasons.
In April, Guillen lived up to his unfiltered
image by bluntly expressing his love for Cuban
dictator Fidel Castro. As a commentator points
out, “He said the one thing you can’t say in
this market.” We get to watch all hell break
loose, with Guillen suspended, management losing
its mind and Florida fans picketing the ballpark.
Guillen is the sort of blowhard you’d avoid
like the plague in real life. As the central
figure in a TV series, however, he’s fascinating.
I can’t wait to hear his views on Stalin and
Mao as the season progresses.
Thursday, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Do we really need to watch another group of
airhead exhibitionists live together in a sealed-off
house, sniping at one another through a series
of eliminations as the cameras track their every
In a word, yes. “Big Brother” taps into our
primal need to spy on people’s interactions,
no matter how banal. The new season features
the usual bonding and betrayal among some of
the most obnoxious people on reality TV. For
true hard cases, Showtime presents a nightly
feed, with the cameras switched on from 11 p.m.
to 2 a.m.
See you there. CV