As you are no doubt aware of by now, ESPN's Erin Andrews was videotaped without her knowledge while naked in her hotel room.
The pervert who did this then either put the video on the Web himself or someone he sent the video did.
Andrews has been a victim from this in more ways than one. In addition to being sexually violated while in the privacy of her own hotel, some (including pioneering woman sports journalist Christine Brennan, who later retracted her remarks) have suggested that Andrews brought this upon herself because she has used her good looks to advance her career.
One woman "journalist" -- I use the term in the loosest possible sense, Bonnie Erbe of US News & World Report, suggest that women in general encourage boorish behavior of men by attending sporting events. Here's the blog in question, though I strongly suggest you save five minutes of your life and not read it: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2009/07/28/erin-andrews-peephole-video-scandal-shows-pro-sports-culture-is-nothing-but-bad.html
Now, Andrews is under fire again because she called 911 the other night when two guys were stalking her outside of her Atlanta home. During the call, at one point she compared herself to Britney Spears.
People criticizing Andrews for this whole affair are probably the same people who criticize women who are raped for dressing too sexily.
Andrews didn't release a sex tape, she didn't ask for any of this -- she's the victim here and perhaps her critics would do well to ask how they'd feel if this was done to them.
Was Andrews hired by ESPN in part because she's a beautiful woman? Undoubtedly. Male producers are going to go that route for largely male sports fans. It's not like she's the only one -- Bonnie Bernstein, Jill Arrington, Melissa Stark, Rachel Nichols and others are also attractive women who work as sports reporters, who don't seem to be under the same scrutiny.
Some are speculating that it was an ESPN employee who did the videotaping, while others believe it was some random pervert who did it, not realizing that it was a famous person he was spying upon. It doesn't really matter (though if it was an ESPN employee, that's deeply disturbing in its own right).
What matters is that Andrews has gotten undeserved ridicule for something that is not at all her fault. She should be allowed to do her job in peace.
Oh, and for any readers who don't want to do the right thing and not look at the video, be warned -- many of the links to it are in reality computer viruses.
'ROCKFORD' RETURNS: In the latest remake from the movie and TV world, "The Rockford Files" could be a go at NBC. It's being produced by the same people who make "House."
Why do they not leave these things well enough alone? Unlike a remake like "Battlestar Galactica," which is built around a complicated premise and a multitude of characters, "Rockford" would be a remake of the James Garner 1970s detective series. The entire strength of that show was Garner; any actor trying to fill the Rockford role would suffer in comparison.
Some remakes are just better left alone.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: ABC continues to burn off its canceled fare over the summer, with new episodes of "Surviving Suburbia" and "The Goode Family" beginning at 8 p.m. On cable, SyFy airs a new "Eureka" at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, I really enjoyed the debut of "Being Human" (BBC America, 9 p.m.), a series that is both funny and creepy. Though not really anything like "Buffy" in terms of presentation or plot, it does give off a "Buffy"-like vibe. The series runs an extra 15 minutes long, so remember that as you set your recordind device. If you missed last week's pilot, it's being repeated at 8 p.m.
ABC airs the penultimate "Dirty Sexy Money" at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, ABC airs a new sci-fi series, "Defying Gravity," at 9 p.m. Starring Ron Livingston, Laura Harris and Malik Yoba, it follows a group of astronauts in the near future on a long-term mission. It follows a Ty Pennington special in which he makes over a town in England.
On "Merlin," (NBC, 8 p.m.) the Black Knight visits Camelot. "Tis but a flesh wound!" Oh sorry, that was Monty Python's Black Knight. It's followed by the conclusion to the miniseries "The Storm."
On cable, a winner is picked on "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" (BBC America, 8 p.m.) while on USA, "Law & Order: CI" and "In Plain Sight" are both new, beginning at 9 p.m.
Lifetime airs a new "Drop Dead Diva" at 9 p.m.
On pay cable, HBO continues with "True Blood" at 9 p.m., followed by "Hung" and "Entourage."