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The Reality of Reality TV

Is it just me, or is TV going down the tubes?  Ha!  The tubes, get it?  I slay me.

I am really turned off by Survivor China.  Hello?  Underwear?  National TV?  Am I the only one bothered by this?  And there are some seriously annoying men on the show this season.  Where did they find these guys?  Um, Social Skills 101, anyone?

And on the subject of TV, who among us watches Dancing With The Stars?  I’ve never watched, but I’ve heard a lot about it, and I’ve been told I’d love it, so this season I’ve been trying to record it.  I say “trying” because for some reason, my DVR has only managed to record the results shows.  Which is very annoying, as I’m sure you can imagine.

At any rate, I just don’t get this show.

First of all, the term “stars” is being used very loosely, in my opinion.  I don’t even recognize half of these people.  I had to go online to see what their claims to fame might be.

Second of all, WHY would any self-respecting celebrity want to participate in a dance competition?  The way they all get so anxious listening for the results and teary-eyed when they don’t do well, and all hugging on each other at the end of the results show, it all strikes me as just so . . .  amateur.

And one more thing, maybe they should consider imposing an age limit on the participants.  Um, Wayne Newton?  Isn’t he like 150 years old by now?  He looks like such a stiff out there.  I’m sorry if that’s insensitive, but come on, yall.  I’m just trying to keep it real.

I know, there are lots of DWTS fans out there.  I’m aware that my opinion might incite a small cyber-riot, but is there anyone out there who gets what I’m sayin’?  Anyone?  Bueller?

I guess I should withhold final judgment until I watch at least one full round of competition, so I’m going to give it one more shot this week.  I have carefully set my DVR to record at 8PM EST tonight.  Stay tuned for my riveting report.

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26 thoughts on “The Reality of Reality TV

  1. not one of my faves at all…and I’m with you on Wayne, I didn’t know he was still alive…honestly, until I saw him as one of the contestants.

  2. Yes, I watch DWtS. I don’t know why, I think it is quite campy. Yes Wayne Newton is creepy and scary to watch, and yet I watch. Can’t explain it…I’m curious to hear what you think!

  3. I’m with you on the the “Survivors” needing to wear underwear. That last luxury challenge (or whatever it’s called) was really really gross. There were way too many blurred parts writhing around.
    I do like DWTS, but the star power is usually pretty low. I was a huge 90210 fan so I’m pulling for Jennie Garth, but will probably stop watching once she’s out.

  4. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  5. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  6. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  7. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  8. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  9. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  10. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  11. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  12. Ya know, for the PAST 3 years I was a die hard DWTS fan. I watched every show and sometimes re-watched it online the next day so my kids could watch it too. But this year, something is just . . . different. I’m sure it’s been C list “stars” at best, but it was still entertaining somehow. This year it just feels contrived, and boring, and I keep getting that ‘been here, done that’ feeling. I think it’s just kind of run it’s course and it’s not really that great anymore. OH that, and most of them SUCK. 😀

  13. It is getting old this season but it’s fun to watch towards the end when the finalists have lost weight and really look polished. It’s amazing what they can pull off. I just admire their determination.

  14. I don’t understand the appeal of DWTS either. I’ve only watched one or two partial episodes. Needless to say, I wasn’t captivated by the premise or the people in the show.

  15. My mom is all about the dancing show. Loves it, but me? Not so much.

    I watch so much trash tv that I think my mind is rotting. More.

    Gotta watch Cane, Dirty Sexy Money, Big Shots and Gossip Girl. (Shuddup about GG – I promise it’s gooooood.) 🙂

  16. I only seem to watch reality shows about cooking (Top Chef, The Next Iron Chef) or Project Runway. I watched DWTS once or twice last season but it seemed kind of Lawrence Welk for me, which makes me believe they don’t care if their contestants are 150 years old (sorry anyone who watches).

    It’s really more baseball/football around here right now, as a background to whatever we’re doing, as opposed to actually watching tv.

  17. I am glad to know that I am not alone in the Survivor gross-out! Not only are they in their underwear, but the challanges are very promiscuious (spelling?). If I have to watch another “girl on girl” challenge I am done.

  18. I’ve tried DWTS, and just can’t get into it. And I LOVE my reality TV. I also can’t quite get into Survivor this season either. But this always happens to me at the beginning, there are just too many people to keep track of early on…I have to assume it will pick up at some point.

    I’ll be curious to hear how you like DWTS though…

  19. I’m done with Survivor China. I was really disappointed and disgusted with Jeff Probst when he allowed them to pull each others clothes off in the mud game of a couple weeks ago and then last week was the icing on the cake. I have better things to do.

    I sorta like DWTS. I like to see how much better they get by the end of the season. I think some of the draw is to see people who don’t know a thing about ballroom actually learn to become pretty decent by the end if they make it that far. If you go back and watch some of the top two’s performances from last year they were awesome. What I don’t like is how in the very beginning it’s basically a popularity contest as evidenced by Wayne staying in last week and the kid, who was basically unknown but a better dancer, being eliminated.

  20. I like Dancing with the Stars simply because I’ve taken ballroom dancing, so I like watching the different dances. I’ve watched it a few times and it has that annoying “reality tv”-ness about it, with the long pauses and fake drama.

    And yes, “Stars” is a very, VERY loose term.

  21. Nope–I don’t watch DWTS or Survivor for that matter. I’m just not a big “reality TV” fan. Grey’s Anatomy on the other hand–I can’t get enough of!

  22. DWTS — Do you have to be half naked to participate? Just wondering ’cause their outfits leave nothing for the imagination!

  23. I’m not thrilled with the cast of DWTS this season. =( It’s not grabbing me. AND I hear ya on Survivor….ew….don’t need to see all of that. At all.

  24. I love DWTS….However, the cast this time isn’t great…but I love Helio, Sabrina, and Jenny.

    I watch Extreme Home Makeover, Desperate Housewives, LOVEEEEEEE Brother’s and Sisters, Biggest Loser, Private Practice, and Grey’s Anatomy. Oh, and the Bachelor.

  25. I don’t watch Dancing With the (washed up) Stars, for the same reasons you aren’t liking it. I think they should change the name of Survivor to: “Who Can Show Off Their Fake Boobs, and Wrestle Naked the Best.” I’m just sayin’…

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