real reality television programming


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:
http://o.aolcdn.com/videoplayer/AOL_PlayerLoader.swf

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.

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4 comments on “real reality television programming
  1. melinda says:

    The only “reality” shows I really enjoy are the ones with a positive spin… like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” or “Undercover Boss”… Lately I’ve also been enjoying “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”, although I have concerns about shows like “Biggest Loser” that turn weight loss into a competition. I agree that shows like all the Real Housewives or “I’m 16 and I’m having a baby” are pretty bad.

    Some of the History Channel reality shows are ok… not great but not terrible… like ice road truckers, deadliest catch…

    In the interest of full disclosure- I do not have cable or satellite television, just the old “bunny ears”, along with an old computer that provides internet access through my television. So I don’t have the same access to a lot of channels… most everything I can get on the internet a week later if I want it. I don’t miss it a bit and I save oodles of money since I don’t have to pay for it. 🙂

    • t. sterling says:

      I say those kinds of reality shows are okay because they seem to give back or are helpful to the people that are in them. The one I got hooked on was “Secret Millionaire” and my parents like “Undercover Boss.” But these shows are acceptable lol

  2. melinda says:

    Today one of our “classic tv” networks is doing a marathon of the “I Love Lucy” show- 100 episodes to celebrate her 100th birthday. They’re great entertainment, but it strikes me that in addition to being VERY funny, Lucy is totally appropriate- no jokes about sex or bodily functions or bad language or anything like that. In fact- on their Wikipedia page-
    “Arnaz and Ball decided that the show would maintain what Arnaz termed “basic good taste,” and were therefore determined to avoid ethnic jokes as well as humor based on handicaps, mental disabilities, and so on. Arnaz recalled that the only exception consisted of making fun of Ricky Ricardo’s accent, and noted that even these jokes worked only when Lucy, as his wife, did the mimicking.”
    Put that against the backdrop of many current television shows and- well, it’s an interesting comparison. 🙂

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