Monday, March 2, 2009

Reality TV

Yes, I am obsessed! I don't watch them all, but gosh darn it I do watch a ton! But before I get started I just want to say what an excellent time I had with my best friend this weekend! It was wonderful to finally spend some lazy time together. It had been over a year and a half since we were able to spend time together and it was right before she left for Kuwait - so it was a bit unnerving and not entirely relaxing. This time though we were able to do many girlie things and just relax and enjoy each other's company. This included an ANTM marathon and a few episodes of The Girls Next Door. Thus the inspiration for this blog. Shun me if you must... but I promise I won't make too much of a habit of chattering on about reality tv. So... what do I watch, what are my thoughts? Well if you do care keep reading if you don't... click here for more of what you normally find on this here blog!

But without further delay... my reality tv in alphabetical order

American Idol:
I have faithfully watched each and every season, granted I haven't actively voted in several years. I LOVE Kelly Clarkson (although her junior album left me desiring something more...) I am a Clay Aiken fan (I know, don't hate me... I just am, so deal.) I couldn't care less about Taylor. Fantasia deserved to win but wasn't my cup of tea. I hated Jennifer Hudson on the show, but she redeemed herself in SATC: The Movie. I am obsessed with Daughtry as is most of the free world. Carrie Underwood is close to my all-time favorite. David Cook was great, but I haven't bought the album... and I was not at all pleased when Jordan Sparks won.

I like the new twists this season, which is good - because the show was starting to become a bit boring and almost lost me: the reality tv queen's interest... and truly it doesn't take THAT much to hold my interest.

America's Next Top Model:
This show is in its 12th season starting sometime this month. Silly! For the most part it's the same thing over and over again - but I love the pictures that the girls take. The house drama is always nonsense, but sadly I'm hooked. I love it. Tyra in her over-dramatic elimination sessions in her ever changing hair and obscure outfits never get old. Yes they do, but that's what fast forward is for!

The Bachelor/The Bachelorette:
Ok... for the longest time I found this show nonsense*. I watched part of the first season many moons ago... and then I watched Trista choose Ryan and then of course watched the wedding! Then I said good-bye to the show forever... or until Season 11 of The Bachelor... when I got sucked in mid-way through the season while waiting to watch something else on tv. Brad... oh Brad. Stupid Brad - how could he do that to poor DeAnna? So of course I had to watch The Bachelorette with DeAnna! Poor Jason! So then of course I am watch The Bachelor with Jason. And yes, watched it with London Calling's Matt. There's a reason these people go on tv to find love... they sucked at choosing decent partners to begin with and thus are single - so what do they do on national tv? Choose poorly and wind up alone AGAIN! DeAnna, Matt... dumb choices in whom they gave that final rose to. Anywhoo...

The CURRENT season is leaving me on pins and needles. Ending tomorrow (or today technically) is the show that is the most watched in Bachelor history. The single dad from Seattle, with the hot bod and adorable kid.... and now the rumors that are circling the web are terrible!!! I so hope they aren't true. I hope that Jason is a great guy and falls in love and stays that way and really does find himself a wife.... but if it goes down the way it is speculated. WOW! If you care to know what I'm talking about google: Reality Steve and The Bachelor and I'm sure you'll find a few YouTube videos that will make you steam!

*I have since re-established this show is nonsense.

The Biggest Loser:
I LOVE this show. I do. Some people find it down right appalling and crude to exploit fat people on television - but I don't find it to exploitation when they themselves sign up for this venture. In fact I find it to be inspiring and acknowledge that many people have been motivated to lose weight by this show. Granted some of the things they make the contestants do is a bit dodgy, but overall it has a great message and it really does help these people in drastic ways. The finales are always amazing - and yes the drama is exciting. And yes I know that many of the people end up gaining the weight back, but at that point it's all mental and has nothing to do with their health. They know they CAN do it - they just choose not to. At least the show has knocked the excuse of "I can't" out of their heads forever. I love it. I look forward to watching it every week.

The Girls Next Door:
I rarely watch this one. Only when I stumble upon it and yes it's true I did set my DVR tonight to record the episode where Kendra tells Hef that she wants to move out. Guilty. I will watch it tomorrow while I clean the downstairs playroom and pack the remainder of Christmas away (don't judge me! at least the tree is down!)

Project Runway:
I love this show! "You're Out" "Make it Work" oh it can't get better than this. I find that out of all the shows this has the least drama and the most interesting outcomes. A close second to the ANTM pictures are the creations these designers come up with. Granted some of their challenges leave much to be desired as I am not necessarily looking for the next wrestling spandex number to add to my wardrobe, but still always interesting to see a persons interpretation of fashion. I love it. I love Christian - although many people hate him, but that's ok. Clearly if I like Clay Aiken and admit that - I don't really care what people think, now do I? ;-)

A new reality show that made a run earlier this year on the CW. Not sure if it will return it had a lack luster premise of being an assistant to a magazine editor with the ultimate prize of getting a job at Elle magazine. A twist of the Devil Wears Prada thrown in and it made for easy enough hour to watch television.

Super Nanny:
I love Jo! I am appalled by most of the children and parents that actually are on this program and truly they are a how-to-guide on what NOT to do in the aspects of child rearing - but I think it does provide legitimate positive methods for getting unruly children (and parents) to shape up and especially for those families that choose to air their unruly laundry on television for all the world to see it is beneficial to have a more organized and helpful family. Also during the day I find myself watch Nanny 911 on CMT. I don't know if this show is even still on during prime time - haven't found it, nor have I sought it out. It has the same premise as Super Nanny though.

True Beauty:
Um good premise, extremely hokey execution. The beauties were alright... the "challenges" were pathetic... it lasted less than 2 months so it was easy enough to watch. I'd probably watch another season as it was better than repeat episodes of Nanny 911 or Wife Swap... but I HIGHLY doubt it will be a returning program.

Wife Swap:
This is another program that I have added to my DVR line up for when I have no other television to watch. It is stupidly addicting. It amazes me that they can find families that are so bizarre. And amuses me that they would pair the two families up so brilliantly. Ah priceless. Such as the raw meat eating family with the vegans or how about the SAHDad vs. WAHM. It at least gives me something to stare at while breastfeeding or cleaning a room. And clearly takes no energy or braincells to follow.

If you actually read through all of that, kudos! I have lots more opinions, so if you're looking for it - feel free to ask, I'm more than happy to share my opinion on Molly vs Melissa.


Carebear said...

Okay, I am with you sister on most of those (although wife swap I only watch late at night on CMT when nothing else is on) But you are missing one of the bests - Top Chef?! If you're not watching you should be. I love it! I actually just stopped by to introduce myself as a brand new SITSa and invite you over to “Two Under Two. Whew!” for my super-fun-and-little-bit-silly giveaways, one of which is tied to our fellow SITSa, BlogBaby! You could win a collection from Tiny Two’s Baby Animals line, or some chocolate covered pretzels! See you around the blogosphere friend!

Robin Costello (Delswife) said...

I just love Jo from Supernanny. Since I cut the cable I have to watch the shows through the website but there are far less commercials so that's okay.

I watched True Beauty through the website in almost one sitting. I think that made a HUGE mistake booting off Chris (CJ?). He was a true beauty. Better than the rest.

Sig said...

I have ot admit I do not like realirt TV, but give me House, 24 and Grey's Anatomy I would wathc TV all day long!

Island Girl said...

Popping in from SITS! I, too, am so mad about the Bachelor! There was a reason I quit watching after season 2!

However, I'm like you - I love the Biggest Loser! Can't wait for tonight episode!

Erin said...

YOU ARE JUST AS BAD AS ME! I Love idol, biggest loser, hells kitchen, keeping up with the kardashiens, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Extreme Home Makeover, and I think the list could go on! I cant forget about So you think you can dance and Americas best dance crew! Oh and my fav the Bachelor!!!

It is crazy but I love it! We might just really get along lol!