Where is the real in reality TV?

July 20, 2010

Let me start first by saying unless it is football, hockey, or a random show about what happens on earth if man disappears completely, I don’t really dig TV. Sure I watch Yo Gabba Gabba and Wow Wow Wubbzy with the kids (great shows by the way) but I am not into the let me pick from these 625 available singles and miraculously fall in love while I am cliff diving to win a seat beside Donald reality shows.

For one, I have learned from agency experience that as soon as you put someone in front of a camera they change. Some freeze, some panic, some become a used car salesman. So I don’t believe in general people are acting like themselves. Reality…no. Entertainment to some…yes.

Two, I can understand how people get caught up in a moment. So can you find true love in eight weeks after “dating” 20 different people and giving them a freakin’ rose to pass them to the next round? I have no clue and maybe I shouldn’t judge, but I question the motivation to do this. If you fail, how could you find a date afterwards? You’ll always be that guy or girl from the reality show. So with the risk being high is the true reward romance or money, 15 minutes of fame, or something else? I’m not sure and I am glad I never have to worry about it.

And if you want a real show, here is an idea. Drop 10 people off in the middle of the woods. Let them know if they make it out alive they win. No call a friend, no fireside crybaby chats at how life has let me down, and no host coming in to consult with the contestants. Just let the tape roll and the reality start.

And maybe make a bunch of bear noises. And yes…save the poor idiots.


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