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.
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?
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