You Can't Keep A Good Trenchcoat Down

Technically speaking, our old pal Carl Monday is contractually obliged to stay off the air until October after switching stations in Cleveland. But there is corruption to be uncovered, and evildoers to be apprehended! And he's not about to let a silly non-compete clause stand in the way of finding the TRUTH!

Action 19 News started airing news reports bearing Carl's distinct overdramatic style. The promos for these spots feature a picture, shot from behind, of a trench coat-clad man who looks suspiciously like the man himself. They call these stories "CM Investigations." Carl's name appears nowhere on the screen, and the stories seem to have been reported by someone else. Action News anchor Paul Joncich narrates this one, about Cadillac owners who have had their rims ripped off.

But the CM Investigation tip line goes directly to Carl's voicemail. Apparently, Action 19 has found a way to put Carl to work and (almost) take advantage of The Carl Monday Brand without expressly violating Carl's non-compete clause.

That, friends, is dedication to reporting. We have missed him so; the stamp of Carl Monday is an unmistakable one.

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