reality shows: the good, the bad, and the so bad it's good

The good:

Daddy’s Girls – Vanessa and Angela Simmons are Rev Run’s daughters and this chronicles their move to LA from Saddle River, New Jersey to head up the West Coast office of Pastry, and follows the hijinks that Angela gets
Vanessa into.  I have not actually watched an entire episode of Run’s House but it actually seems cute, not entertaining in a trashy, over the top way like “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”.

The Hills – Yes, I know, I know, it’s super contrived and it’s totally scripted but I still got hooked on it because Lauren is pretty relatable for a girl with a reality show, and she’s very likable.  And Heidi and
Spencer are the couple you love to hate.  Season 5 just ended though, and I don’t think I’ll continue to watch now that Lauren has left the show and been replaced by  drama starter, Laguna Beach alum and still aspiring “actress”, Kristin Cavallari.

Ace of Cakes – This is a show from my favorite channel, the Food Network, about Duff Goldman, a baker from Baltimore, Maryland and follows the daily operations of Charm City Cakes.  I love food shows.  Love Top Chef and Iron Chef America too.

Candy Girls – I actually haven’t seen too much of this but the premise is that it follows an agency that loans out models to do music videos, host at parties, stuff like that. The boss’ assistant is one of her best friends but she doesn’t really measure up.  I think she should fire her.

The ok:

Keeping Up With the Kardashians – The family is likable and it’s nice that they get along pretty well but it’s nothing standout.

The bad:

Paris Hilton’s My New BFF – There must be something wrong with you if you want to be friends with a shallow, vapid, promiscuous party girl like Paris Hilton.  This is a show she claims is to find herself a new best friend, one who truly wants to be her friend because they like her, not because they’re in it for the fame.  Oh, come on, really? You’ll get nothing but hangers-on who want to capitalize on her fame to get into parties and meet famous people.   I watched one episode because there was nothing else on and it was so ridiculous.  And what does doing nasty shots have anything to do with knowing how to be someone’s friend?  That kind of challenge is understandable on a show like Fear Factor but doesn’t really make much sense on a show where people are competing to be your best ass kisser.  And how many “best friends” can one person have?  Only one can be the best.  Not to mention that the “winner” of the first season seems to have been dissed and dismissed already.

Hitched or Ditched – Seems like a pretty cruel show.  Captures the heartbreak of being left at the altar.  The ultimate ultimatum, get married or break up.  If you get married, you get an all-expenses paid wedding, I’m assuming, but if the couple decides not to get married, they break up.  The episode I watched was a mama’s boy trying to get married and his mom freaked out and threatened to commit herself.  In the end, he couldn’t do it and his fiancee walked out on him.

The so bad it’s good:

A Shot at Love –  Any of the seasons with myspace star, import model, and aspiring singer and actress, “Tila Tequila” or the third season with bisexual identical blond sisters, the “Ikki” twins, Rikki andVikki, are so trashy it’s good.  Plenty of drama including brawls and lots of gratuitous making out, most of it, contrived, I’m sure, but no less entertaining still.

I gotta say, though, in the summer, the networks really scrape the barrel, churning out terrible reality shows like “Dating in the Dark” which people get to know each other in the dark, so presumably it’s a little less shallow.  I mean, I know they’re cheaper to produce than regular scripted series but it just drives people to turn off the terrible reality shows they’re being subjected to on tv to watching tv shows that they hadn’t had time to watch in the fall by getting the series on dvds.  They cancel really great series such as Samantha Who? and Pushing Daisies and keep mediocre reality shows.  No wonder a lot of great shows are now being made on cable networks rather than the regular networks like NBC and ABC.


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