I’m a firm opponent on most reality TV. Like Real Housewives of New York / Orange County / Wichita… most of whatever is shown on MTV or VH1 that isn’t music related like My Sweet Sixteen Baby Shower. And it’s hard to include following around musicians UNLESS they are regularly being followed around while on tour or making music. Maybe I’d watch that. And I’ll also leave The Real World exempt for being one of the “originals.” And Cribs was just cool to watch.
Then today, I saw this:
I felt it was absolute genius and honestly made me think a little bit about Arrested Development and my ongoing idea about a mockumentary style sitcom based on college life. At this point, I don’t think I’d mind if that idea were lifted, but one of these days I may write a pilot. But I digress. I personally feel these so called reality shows are getting out of hand. As unscripted as they say they are, they are still scripted. If anything, it’s really bad improv. It’s also a cheap guilty pleasure for networks and the people that watch them. I’ve gotten caught in a few of those pleasures myself. My weaknesses are Ghost Adventures and a few of the A&E shows. Remember when A&E stood for “arts and entertainment”?
This is a topic I must revisit someday with my own personal scale or infographical chart showing value to society. I’ll have real time numbers and awesome bar graphs and pie charts. In the meantime, I’m curious as to your thoughts on reality TV. I kinda left it pretty vague, mostly because this genre of TV has gotten so big, it’s sub genres has sub genres.