Gets it Right ----
Reality TV-people are Nuts ---
I HATE REALITY TV. I guess it all started with MTV's
The Real World. Real -- yeah, right. These shows have
sunk lower and lower with each new program. I admit
I have watched some of them here and there. (I mean,
how can you formulate an opinion if you don't watch.)
The thing is though, it's like watching a car accident.
You don't want to
look. You try not to look. But most of the time, you
end up looking. To me, watching reality TV is like inviting
a car wreck into your home, night after night.
Since it was the first, I'll start with The Real World.
Living with cameras turned on you 24-7 will never constitute
real life. Oh sure, they acted real. But the operative
word here is acted. Seven strangers picked to live in
a house ..... is how it begins. They get to live in
a phat house (cool word huh?) Then all they do is complain.
They whine, and cry and fight. Not unlike my 10 and
6 year old. And only a handful of them actually had
jobs. Oh, that's real.
After the first season of The Real World, those seven
strangers got stranger and stranger. Casting it must
have been a hoot -- picking kids who could under NO
circumstances get along. Otherwise, there would be no
reason to watch. Frankly, they could have set themselves
on fire, and it still wouldn't have been worth watching.
A few copycat shows have followed.
Then there are the reality shows that actually have
a goal. And it is the ultimate goal, CASH. Cash will
make people do just about anything. Tonight on Dollars
for Dopes, six beautiful people are going to walk blindfolded
across this greased beam, 450 feet above a lake of boiling
lava. If they make it across without falling (and we
secretly hope that at least two of them do -- fall,
that is), we have a lovely platter of bull testicles
and goat eyeballs waiting for them to nosh. The first
one to finish without puking wins! Yikes.
I wouldn't say that watching someone try to hold back
a hurl is my idea of entertaining. Remarkably, to me
that is, more and more people are tuning in to these
kinds of shows. Three of them are consistently rated
in the Nielsen Top 10 list. Frankly, I would rather
watch a weekend marathon of Joe Blow's Fishing Show
on the Bass Masters Network. At least that would help
me get some sleep.
Until next time.....