9/17/2004

Unreal Reality Television

Filed under: — menk @ 3:37 pm

So I watch a few ‘reality television’ shows. Have you noticed that some of these are lame as can be?

Here are some of my picks and pans

Picks

Trading Spouses This show is on the discovery channel and is actually quite amusing. Two part segment deals with families where one spouse or the other is traded to another family. It seems that the producers intentionally try to pick family types and backgrounds where the interaction causes fur to fly. There is also an interesting twist that the families find out at the end about some cash they expect as a result of doing the show.

Ideally you should watch this with your spouse. I assure you that once you examine the possible alternatives you will find yourselves more committed to remain in love.

The Benefactor - This show features Mark Cuban (a bubble based Billionaire) starting with 18 contestents who all desire to win $1M from Mark. The contestants must satisfy mark who puts them through tests. Similar to the apprentice but more interesting and sans the Trump puffery.

Fear Factor No description necessary. This is only worth watching when there is nothing else on. However, I don’t find it compelling enough to Tivo. But for lack of something else who doesn’t enjoy watching nice looking couples feeding each other ‘blendered cockroaches’!

Joe Schmo In this show the concept is that they stage a fake reality show which is totally over the top. There are actually only two people unaware that the whole thing is a charade. Everyone is an actor or actress. Very interesting to watch.

Pans

The Player This show is totally awful. The concept is that a bunch of single dudes who view themselves as ‘players’ all try to impress this supposed model. The guys are total morons. The ‘model’ (Dawn) is just full of herself and manages to look down on her girlfriends while acting the spoiled ‘queen bee’. I think that women should watch this show at least once to realize that in fact “Men can be a shallow as you thought.” and “Your friends can be as catty as you suspected.”

The SimpleLife, The Anna Nicole Show, The Newlyweds . . : Any shows where celebrities are followed by cameras and are shown in their totally unreal lives. These people are all flakes and unlike seeing real persons reacting to real (or semi-real) situations you get to watch stuff like Paris Hilton act shocked that someone actually raises pigs and cows!.

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