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Reality Television Redeux?

So, with the onset of the new season of reality televisions shows kicking off, I figured it was time to finally figure out who watches what. Do you watch any reality tv? We watch Survivor and Amazing Race, but not much else. And there are shows that have us scratching our heads and wondering who watches them, like Marriage at First Sight (marrying someone you’ve never met…until the wedding day). Hmmm. Or Wipeout. Ouch.

Hubby and I have had many discussions about what reality shows we think we’d be good at (if we were younger and in better shape). Since he’s a bit, umm, outspoken, we figure he’d be the first one voted off Survivor. And I don’t race well. I’d be in a panic 24/7 on Amazing Race trying to push us to go faster, get further. So that’s out for me.

Big Brother? Too much drama.
Biggest Loser? Well, even if I do respect the heck out of how hard those participants work, I just don’t think I could put it all out there like that.

Hubby never has figured which show he’d go on, given the opportunity. For me, it would be a short-lived, defunct show called The Mole. This was a bit of a travel and task show, but one of the participants was planted to quietly foil the group’s attempt to earn money. And the participants had to figure out who the mole was. At the end of each segment, whoever answered questions about who the mysterious mole was with the least accuracy got sent home. This kind of intrigue appeals to me, so yep, I’d be giving that a chance.

How about you? Is there a reality television show you’d participate in, given good health and age (and depending on your marital status, if you’re into The Bachelor or The Bachelorette)? Or do you change the channel when anything like that comes on? We swore we wouldn’t get hooked on Survivor, but we’re planted in front of the tv each week, watching and arguing. Lol. Do you resist the siren’s song of reality television?

Is It Just Me… by Valerie J. Patterson

…Or has Hollywood scraped the very bottom of the barrel for what passes as television entertainment these days?

I am not a fan of reality TV.  In fact, other than Duck Dynasty, I do not watch reality TV.  But I have two friends who can’t get enough of it.  They often share their new finds with me.  Most of the time, my jaw drops open and I am either grossed out or completely astonished that these shows are not only on TV, but that people watch them.  Allow me to share:

Extreme Cheapskates–Now here’s a show that left me feeling ill.  As I understand it, this show was about a woman who was so utterly cheap that she went dumpster diving for food that she actually served guests at a dinner party she was hosting!!  Several of her guests ended up in the emergency room afterward.

Amish Mafia–The title by itself caused me to scratch my head.  The Amish have a mafia?  Really?  Apparently.  In one episode, a man went to the don and complained that a non-Amish man was pretending to be Amish and was selling pies alongside the road.  Two henchmen were dispensed to the site where the camera was actually turned off and a black screen came up with a message reading something akin to: What happened next was not suitable for viewing audiences.  This man will not be selling pies ever again.

Tattoo Nightmares–This is a show in which people who have hideous tattoos go to the very best tattoo artists in hopes they can turn their hideous ink into a work of art.

My Strange Addiction–a show about people who have really, really, really weird addictions.  In one episode there was a woman who owned several cats and she literally cleaned each one of them with her own tongue.

I just scratch my head and wonder why these people would want a camera to follow them around.  Honestly, if you licked cats or served your friends dumpster food, would you want the world to know??

What about you?  Are you a reality TV junky?  Tell me what you watch.

Until next time, be well and happy!  😛  😛

Survivor: Nicaragua

Well, it’s almost here. Wednesday starts a new season of Survivor. Are you fan or foe? Me, I walk somewhere in limbo. Each season, I get frustrated. Each season I wonder how those people can live with themselves. I swear that I’m done. I’ll never watch another episode.

Then I start seeing the trailers for the new season. And I start feeling the tug. So I head on over to CBS to check out the line up. Just to see who made it onto the show. Really. That’s all I’m going to do.

Wow. They’ve got old vs. young going this season, huh? Hmmm. That doesn’t sound like an even match-up, does it? And before you get your hackles up, I qualify for the “old” camp. 🙂  But hey, they’ve got Jimmy Johnson. That man knows how to win, right?  And a couple of buff looking gents, as well as some women that don’t look like they belong on the old side. Maybe these “oldies” have a shot.

Then I go look at the young camp. Okay, I admit it. I picked my first favorite based on looks alone. It was the eyes! I’m all about the eyes. Whose eyes did I pick? Want to try to guess? I’ll list the name at the end of the blog.

Here’s the website link: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/

I’ve been watching some of the previews online and I’m checking out the younger camp. Did that kid actually say he was going to “mow ‘em all down”? Bring it on, surfer dude! Goodbye, blue eyes first fav. I’m jumping ship to the oldies camp. 

Wait a minute. How did I get so involved in this season and it hasn’t even started? Okay. That’s it. I’ll watch the season premiere, but then I’m done.    Oh, who am I kidding? I’m in for the long haul. Always have been and probably always will be.

 Lavada will be here on Wednesday to talk about the new television season, but she was gracious enough to let me jump the gun to talk about one of the most controversial shows out there. How about you? Are you Team Survivor or Team…Not Survivor. (Yes, that’s a bad play on the Twilight theme). Will you be watching Survivor or boycotting it as the ultimate in reality television? Or are you somewhere in between? Got a favorite player? Want to share who?

I promised you a name, didn’t I? Be forewarned. My fav’s tend to get voted off. Based on the eyes alone (and before I jumped ship to the oldies camp), my first fav is Shannon.