That second one is a good hypothetical. It reminds me of the Jenny Jones trial.
What did Jones (personally, or the show) get in that one?
Nevermind. I think I found the answer.
On October 23, 2002, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed that 1999 decision of the Oakland County jury. The Court of Appeals ruled that the show's owner, Warner Bros., and its distributor, Telepictures had no liability in the death of Scott Amedure. While the court indicated that the "Jenny Jones Show" might be "regarded as the epitome of bad taste and sensationalism," that wasn't enough to make it liable. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger indicated there would be an appeal.http://talkshows.about.com/cs/jennyjones/a/secondverdict_2.htm