Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times. Originally published around February of 2002.
Novacom buys BTV, sells BTV
After announcing only a few days earlier that it would now be producing the popular BTV variety show, Novacom announced yesterday that it had sold the show back to Bernard Walton, the original producer. Arthur Dent, speaking on behalf of Novacom, cited “creative differences” between the company and Walton, who is also the star of the show.
Walton, who also runs a janitorial service in town, said, “We just had different ideas about what the show should be. Too bad it didn’t work out, but the quality of the show will still remain.” Both Walton and Dent decline comment on the specifics of their disagreements. The studio construction and casting were already underway when the two parties dissolved the contract.
BTV has aired for years on local television, taking over a Saturday morning slot vacated when the long-running family show “Soapy Waters” went off the air. The variety show soon became one of the most popular locally produced programs. Each show is shot at various locations around Odyssey, including the mall, Foufou’s Obedience school, and even the town dump. The show’s trademark is it’s wacky humor and fast-paced sketches that illustrate Biblical principles.