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The Difference Between A Documentary And Mockumentary **Added More Info**

Posted by on May. 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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Sigh, I am amazed at how many people believe this. 

‘Mermaids’ Mocumentary Stirs Big Ratings for Animal Planet

By ABC News

May 30, 2013 12:23pm

A “documentary” about the existence of mermaids that even its creators say is a hoax drew the biggest audience for Animal Planet in the network’s 17-year history, beating even the Puppy Bowl.

Nielsen ratings show that 3.6 million people tuned in Sunday night to watch “Mermaids: The New Evidence” on Animal Planet, a sequel to last year’s “Mermaids:  The Body Found.”

Sunday night’s Animal Planet special showed video of purported mermaid sightings and featured an exclusive interview with a man described as a former scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Only the scientist was an actor and the show ended with a disclaimer implying the whole special was a hoax.

“Though certain events in this film are fictional, Navy sonar tests have been directly implicated in whale beachings,” the disclaimer read.

That disclaimer, however, appeared only at the tail-end of the special, in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment.

“We wanted people to approach the story with a sense of possibility and a sense of wonder,” the show’s executive producer, Charlie Foley, told ABC News.  “Hopefully that’s what ‘Mermaids’ allowed viewers to do….allowed them to suspend their disbelief.”

Correspondent’s Notebook: Under the Sea Like a Mermaid

When the original “Mermaids” ran last year, NOAA was forced to put out a statement on its website that mermaids were not, in fact, real.

“No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the statement read.

Despite the lack of evidence, the major ratings win has Animal Planet mulling what else can be done on “Mermaids.”

“It has us thinking about what we do next,” Animal Planet General Manager Marjorie Kaplan told the Washington Post’s TV Column.  “We’re thinking big.”

 

 

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SuperChicken
by on May. 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Am I missing something?

greenie63
by Silver Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

No, just thought I'd post it. 

Quoting SuperChicken:

Am I missing something?


SuperChicken
by on May. 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

But I don't get it, lol.   


Quoting greenie63:

No, just thought I'd post it. 

Quoting SuperChicken:

Am I missing something?



 

AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

So....you do believe in mermaids?

VeggieRunnerMom
by on May. 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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I thought I clicked on the "Racist Backlash Against Cheerios Commercial".....to say I was confused is an understatement lol!!!!

greenie63
by Silver Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

No, just amazed that people do thanks to the mockumentary. 

Quoting AlekD:

So....you do believe in mermaids?


AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM


Quoting greenie63:

No, just amazed that people do thanks to the mockumentary. 

Quoting AlekD:

So....you do believe in mermaids?


Oh...ok. I didn't know there was a mocumentary about mermaids, haha.

greenie63
by Silver Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Yep, the Animal Planet channel is showing it lately, but a lot of people now think mermaids are real. 

Quoting AlekD:


Quoting greenie63:

No, just amazed that people do thanks to the mockumentary. 

Quoting AlekD:

So....you do believe in mermaids?


Oh...ok. I didn't know there was a mocumentary about mermaids, haha.


quickbooksworm
by Gold Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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In 1999 I had to convince my best friend The Blair Witch Project wasn't real.  She saw the mockumentary and was absolutely convinced it was real.  She didn't believe me when I told her the actors had presented an award at the MTV VMAs a week after the movie came out.

AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Oh that movie scared my husband so much. He still freaks out about camping. I had to convince him it wasnt real too.

Quoting quickbooksworm:

In 1999 I had to convince my best friend The Blair Witch Project wasn't real.  She saw the mockumentary and was absolutely convinced it was real.  She didn't believe me when I told her the actors had presented an award at the MTV VMAs a week after the movie came out.


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