Remember that swinging-'60s saying, "Coffee, tea or me?" That's when flying was special, stewardesses were hot, and Austin Powers drank himself silly and chased them around the plane on transatlantic jaunts. Memory jogged now? If you still need help, the CW network plans version 2.0, an unscripted docu-drama that promises some vestiges of the days when traveling was a luxurious affair and flight attendants (all of them female) were considered party hostesses in the sky. Fly Girls, with eight half-hour episodes scheduled for a midseason launch, follows "five beautiful Virgin America flight attendants" who really are "down-to-earth" but "happen to have landed in an exceptionally glamorous, high-flying career filled with exotic locations and handsome strangers," according to CW exec Kristen Vadas. Last time I flew anywhere, it was like riding a giant city bus at 35,000 feet. The flight attendants seemed nearly as miserable as I was, maybe because they were schlepping oversized bags of crap and trying to pacify screaming babies, instead of serving cocktails and freshening their makeup. But then, it wasn't Virgin America, which already has a cool aura that's likely to be enhanced by this loving TV exposure. Wonder if it'll do the same for the profession itself, which could coin a new tagline: "Coffee, tea or reality?"
—Posted by T.L. Stanley