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Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Musings

Am I the only one who feels I'm being bombarded by an over abundance of reality shows?  I know economic times are tough, and I suppose the networks are trying to save money by not having to pay talented writers and real actors to appear in weekly shows, but I'm just tired of it.

I never got on board with Survivor or the Amazing Race, but I have no beef with them.  They were among the first and were unique--outside the box programming.  I'm hooked on The Bachelor and the Bachelorette.  (I know, don't judge me!)  But since they started and were quite successful, now everyone has jumped on the bandwagon.

The Real Housewives of NYC, Atlanta, NJ, etc.  These should be labelled the UNreal Divas of Do Nothing.   They certainly aren't housewives in any sense of the word as defined in Webster's.  My dictionary says a housewife manages her household--think cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.   I've watched a few episodes in which none of the above took place.   These ladies (and I use the term loosely) spend their time having champagne lunches, flaunting their fashions,gossipping, getting botoxed, and engaging in screaming matches.

Kate Plus Eight (formerly Jon & Kate Plus Eight):  I'm not sure what the show is called, now that Jon has bailed.  I wasn't interested when it started and am less interested now.  I did see the show where Kate took the kids to visit Palin's Alaska.  I couldn't get over what a spoiled, whiny bitch she was.  The kids were having a ball but she wasn't, so she packed up the kids and left.  That evening was enough of both shows for me!

Jersey Shore:  Just the previews have been enough to turn me off  from this one!   Maybe I'm getting old, but "The Situation" doesn't even begin to knock my knickers off!

Temptation Island:  It wasn't that tempting...just an excuse to film a bunch of young, beautiful people bed hopping, as near as I could tell.  All that proximity seemed a little too much like incest, to me.

Beauty and the Geek:   This put a group of beautiful girls and a group of geeks together in hopes that  a match would happen.  Yeah, right.  Like a girl vain enough to audition for a show of that title is going to flip for a dip!  That's going to happen.


Extreme Makeover Home Edition;   A cast of regulars with the help of a different celebrity each week get the townsfolk to rally round a deserving family in unfortunate circumstances and build them new homes.  Usually the homes are so huge and elaborate that you wonder if the beneficiaries are going to be able to pay the taxes on them, plus, according to wikipedia, some are so resented by their neighbors that they've had to put up no trespassing signs.   One family mortgaged their new home to finance a business start up; their business failed, and they lost the home.  Not all has turned out as hunky-dory for the recipients as the show would imply.

Trading Spouses:  This one cracked me up the couple of times I watched it.  Like I'd really pack up and travel across the country to move in with a stranger and his kids for a week.  The stranger could be a descendant of the Boston Strangler; his kids, the children of the corn!  And even in the best of circumstances, I don't care to play house keeper and mommy to another family, thank you!

Some of the shows mentioned above are no longer on, for obvious reasons; some have defied the odds and continued. 

What are your favorite and least favorite reality shows?

photos from yahoo and bravo

EVA

26 comments:

The Vegetable Assassin said...

ALL OF THEM.

Well ok, not ALL. Nearly all. I do like the Ice Road Truckers and Ice Pilots and that stuff. But all the attention whore shows? No thank you! I'm so glad you don't enjoy The Situation even a bit. :) What a douche. I can't even see him without cursing.

Cole Garrett said...

Lol. My wife and I just recently got netflix streaming to our tv. She has been watching some of the Jon and Kate plus 8 here and there. We made the same comment you did. Kate IS kind of a whiny spoiled witch-with-a-B. And quite frankly, after listening to my own kids whine all day, why the heck would I want to hear someone else's eight more?

tattytiara said...

The only one I watch is Project Runway. I don't get tv reception, so I've been taking the dvds out of the library.

Survivor was my all-time greatest tv disappointment. I remember seeing a small, one page article about it in one of my mom's people magazines and getting all excited about the premise, but it turned out to be nothing like I imagined. I thought they just dumped people on an island and it was every person for themself trying to survive on their own, not teams and games and immunity and crap. Boring!

Also I get uncomfortable watching people argue, and as I understand it that's 99.9% of reality tv out for me right there.

Kristina P. said...

I am so ashamed. I watch most of those. And how can you turn away from the maniacal Gary Busey on Celebrity Apprentice?!?!

Al Penwasser said...

You are definitely not the only one. When someone admits to me that they watch reality TV, I ask them if they mind having the brains sucked right out of their heads.

She Writes said...

The stranger could be a descendant of the Boston Strangler; his kids, the children of the corn!

OMG, Eva! Right you are :)

runawaybride said...

We have similar shows in India too, obviously copied from the West. But trading spouses.. Really?? And who in their right senses would do that? And how much does the spouse duty extend to?

Facing50Blog.com said...

Hubby will watch Ice Road Truckers but only because there is absolutely nothing else on TV except repeats of 1970's shows. I avoid them all...they irritate me hugely. It's yet anther sign of changing times that even the children's shows aren't as good as days of old...oh dear I sound like my parents now. Bring back Muffin the Mule and Trumpton!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Life is changing..! Or we are changing the way it is. Lovely post.

Rae said...

I'm with you on your opinion of these shows. Tasteless and worthless shows. I do watch Survivor, but that is it. I can not stand to see that Kate woman. She really is a witch. It's no wonder her husband left her.

River said...

I don't watch any reality shows. There's nothing real about them.

R. J. said...

I agree with your conclusions. Reality shows bring out the worst in me. I jump on my judgmental high horse and become very critical. I can't watch them. I watched one reality show when Survivor began and I haven't watched any since. I'm in denial; I can't take reality. I prefer fiction.

Gaston Studio said...

I'm with you Eva, after the first few successful shows, everyone seemed to jump on the bandwagon. You can keep most of them as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather settle down on my couch with a good book than watch senseless people looking for their 5 minutes of fame.

gaelikaa said...

Nice to see you again Eva; haven't been over in a while. It's still a lot of fun over here.

natalee said...

Hi my Name is Natalee and I'm a reality TV junkie... I even found myself.. driving by the Jersey shore house this summer...(I swear...) I've got issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Monday EVA!!!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Oh Eva -- I am so with you on most of these shows.

I watch Survivor and have almost from the start. But that's it for me and reality TV shows. I used to watch Jon & Kate until Kate started being bitchy on screen with Jon; then the whole sad thing unravelled and I've no love for either of them.

As for "real" housewives? Man, do they need a reality check on that - they meaning the producers.

Real housewives are dressed in sweats and their husbands t-shirts. They have baby drool on their clothes and stained fingers from making home-made play-dough. They have flour hand-prints on their rears from baking pies and rolls. And they have real smiles of contentment and exhaustion on their faces.

And Extreme Home? You said what I've been saying for years. They could build 2-3 good sensible houses for needy families for the price of what they put into one of them.

I wish people would really get "REAL".

Mrs B said...

Overall, you're absolutely right about them. But, I will admit that I watch Celebrity Apprentice. It's kind of like a car wreck that you don't WANT to watch but can't seem to look away from. Especially this new season.

My real addiction is classic movies. I mean, Cary Grant vs. The Situation? No contest!

Canadian Blend said...

Good call with, "I couldn't get over what a spoiled, whiny bitch she was."

I saw my first "Celebrity Apprentice" last night. I watched only because Gary Busey, Meatloaf, and David Cassidy were on. It was a hoot.

Bossy Betty said...

I OD'd on Housewives for awhile and then had to stop since I finally figured out it was just about the same show every time. I started streaming Netflix and really don't watch much real TV now. (I DID get hooked on Friday Night Lights though!)

Brian Miller said...

i used to be all about survivor...wanted to be on the show at one point...but lost it over the years...not a huge tv watcher honestly...we do keep seasons of JAG, The Unit...around to watch...i do watch a lot of live music though...

tsonodablog said...

Favorites are The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and The Biggest Loser. Yea I'm a fan of reality shows...a few anyways.

Least favorite would be anything with the name Bachelor in it.

Eva Gallant said...

Veg: at last...we have a point of agreement: The Situation isn't one!

Facing50: I watched the IceTruckers, too. But that was a different kind of reality show. Not a lot of bitchy females screaming at each other!

gaelikaa: Glad to see you, too. Don't be a stranger!

Canadian: I caught the rerun of the first of this season's Apprentice. I never would have recognized Meatloaf, nor David Cassidy!

Terri: Oops. I'm a sucker for the Bachelor! I was a fan of biggest loser, but now it just seems to be Julian shouting at people all the time.

Pearl said...

Ever watch You're Cut Off?! There's one for the books -- spoiled wealthy women cut off from their family forced to live in a normal house and learn to cook and clean up after themselves! How's that for entertaining?!

Have to admit I've been known to watch Cops. :-) I know -- you expected more from me, didn't you? :-)

Pearl

Debbie said...

I've never even heard of some of these! I don't watch a single one. Food Network is enough reality for me:)

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I think Bridalplasty is the worst. competing for plastic surgery before your wedding.

Pat said...

I don't watch most of the reality shows except American Idol. I heard that one with Joan and Melissa Rivers is hysterical so I've taped them, but I've yet to watch it.