"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
What did you expect from the network that Nancy Grace calls home?
HLN, the cable network that heavily covers flashy, scandalous trials like those of Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox, apparently did well in the ratings after Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder and as she addressed the jury, asking them not to sentence her to death. And so they sent out a press release to journalists headlined: “HLN #1 Among Ad-Supported Cable as Arias Pleads for Her Life.”
Apparently, during the 19-minute period Jodi Arias, well, pleaded for her life (not many more apt phrases to use there), HLN outdrew all other ad-supported cable networks. Congratulations to HLN! Certainly these high ratings will be sustainable — after all, there’s always someone pleading for their life. You just have to find
him or her!
The release in full is below.
HLN #1 Among Ad-Supported Cable as Arias Pleads for Her Life
HLN continues to be the ratings leader and complete source for coverage of the Jodi Arias Trial. On Tuesday May 21, HLN ranked No.1 among ad-supported cable networks from 1:56p to 2:15p (ET) as Jodi Arias took the stand to plead for her life in front of the jury that found her guilty of Travis Alexander’s murder. During that time period, HLN out-delivered the competition among both total viewers (2,540,000 million) and 25-54 demo viewers (691,000).
HLN also ranked ranked No.1 among ad-supported cable networks for the 2p hour delivering 2,227,000 million total viewers and 620,000 25-54 viewers.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)