A better name for "L.A.: The Mecca of Materialism" (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on KHJ-TV Channel 9) might be "Lifestyles of the Rich and Stupid."
But instead of Robin Leach drooling over the wealth of the famous, "Mecca's" writer/producer/reporter Jim Murphy sort of spits down at the everyday clod for his selfish pursuit of life's material goodies.
America's a materialistic society! Why, some people spend $19,000 for one hunk of Cartier jewelry! Or blow $100 in one night at a disco! And zillionaires live in mansions and keep working like dogs to make even more!
Along with these news flashes and the usual images of L.A.'s car- and fashion-mad culture, "Mecca" presents a parade of entrepreneurs, fast-laners and a host of seemingly brain-dead, mall-wandering shopping addicts who willingly confess to their materialism. Jaycees are yuppies-in-training. An ambitious MBA student's contribution: "I want bucks."