So I've found myself in somewhat of a dilemma, and it comes to my opinions on reality television. I'm a self-described reality TV hater; I feel like reality shows insult my intelligence by passing off silly plot twists and bickering between bikini models as "reality." I feel like eating spiders is not a fear, but something I just don't want to do, for various reasons. I feel like an amazing race results in ME winning money after hitting the trifecta. And a survivor is someone who gets attacked by bears and lives to tell about it. My American Idol: Abraham Lincoln (duh!).
But here's the thing; there are clearly two different classes of reality TV; the "good" and the "bad." Notice the quotes; that's for effect, because to me, they're all bad, but only some of them are "bad." Get it? No... well here it is, when's do networks get the big TV audiences? The fall, the winter, part of the spring... but summer is a ratings black hole as children and their families discover the outdoors and that reality (not "reality") is actually a lot more fun, albeit boring. Enter the summer shows; a network's desperate attempt to lure viewers of Lost and Desperate Housewives away from watching all of last seasons episodes... again.
You see, the "good" reality shows are on when people are actually watching television; when it's cold as <insert expletive of your choice> outside and people want to watch good looking people fight with each other to feel better about themselves. You know, your Survivors, your American Idols, your Apprentices (Martha excluded). These are the reality shows people watch and watch consistently each year.
But what about the "bad?" Well, here we are, "bad" reality TV season is starting and I've found that I religiously watch almost every single one of them. Last Comic Standing was on last night and I was there booing and cheering along with the celebrity comedy gurus. So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol's red-headed illegitimate stepchild is so bad, I can't stop watching... like if a plane were to crash into a train while on a bridge or something like that. What's next? Only two of the most ridiculous reality shows on; Hell's Kitchen which features a british chef whose attitude and profanity would make Simon Cowell simultaneously blush and pee his pants. And finally, Rock Star which featured legitimately talented people auditioning to be lead singer of auto-erotic asphyxiation-stricken INXS. This year it's looking to be even more ridiculous. I read that no one even watched the show until people found out Brooke Burke was the host; man is she dumb, she just kind of twiddles her hair and acts dumb, but hey, isn't that was reality TV is all about?
So there ya have it, my confession and Cu-certified post that's too long and not even worth the read. Discuss guys, I miss it here!