REALITY COMPETITIONS - Love 'em or hate 'em, they're a really big deal these days

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    Every year there seems to be more and more progressive competition shows on TV and year by year they are claiming a larger market share. Networks dare to pit their 'big money makers' against such huge favorites as American Idol or Dancing With the Stars but generally use their 'filler' material during those time slots.

    The themes for this genre widely differ, but the concept is the same. Game shows have different contestants every week. What I call the 'voyeur' shows like "Hoarders" has you looking in on some person or family in crisis and how they solve it within a single episode.

    But the reality competitions introduces you to an interesting or unusually talented cast of characters who compete for the season. Over several weeks, you have time to become acquanted with (and attached to) the participants. Each week one or more or judged off or voted off by the television audience. In "Survivor" the contestants themselves boot somebody out each week. In "The Bachelor" the 'star' the women are competing for rejects one each week.

    Just some of these shows off the top of my head, all with impressive ratings:
    American Idol
    Dancing with the Stars
    So You Think You Can Dance
    America's Got Talent
    Hell's Kitchen
    Survivor
    The Apprentice
    Biggest Loser
    Master Chef
    The Bachelor/Bachelorette
    Project Runway
    America's Next Top Model
    Last Comic Standing

    I'm sure there are others I'm not thinking of right now.

    I know some folks simply can't stand this kind of programming and don't believe any of it is real. And of course it all is staged for the television audience so what we see isn't the way it actually is. Yet many of the contestants have testified that it in fact what they were experiencing is real.

    And I'll admit to enjoying the competition, choosing and pulling for my favorites, and preferring these to sitcoms and dramatic programs that just don't seem to be as good as they used to be.

    And I wonder why? What is the fascination that pulls so many folks into watching this kind of program?
     
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    There has been a lot on the internet re the celebrity line up for "Dancing with the Stars" in the coming season--who has accepted; who turned them down; who wanted to be on the show but got turned down; etc.

    It has been suggested, however, that we won't be seeing this on television this fall:

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    Great photoshop work though. :)
     
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    The line up for Dancing with the Stars includes some interesting picks and at least one that really raises my eyebrows:

    The 12 celebrities chosen:
    Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, from MTV’s Jersey Shore

    David Hasselhoff, best known for his roles on Baywatch, Knight Rider, and America’s Got Talent

    Rick Fox, retired pro basketball player from the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Bristol Palin, daughter of ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

    Kurt Warner, retired NFL quarterback

    Florence Henderson, best known for her role TV’s long-running comedy The Brady Bunch

    Audrina Patridge, from MTV’s The Hills.
    Michael Bolton, singer-songwriter

    Brandy Norwood, singer-songwriter and star of the old UPN comedy Moesha

    Margaret Cho, comedienne and current co-star of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.

    Kyle Massey, best known for starring in Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven

    Jennifer Grey, actress best known for starring in Dirty Dancing.

    QUESTION:
    Isn't Jennifer Grey a professional trained dancer? How is that fair pitting her against those who aren't professional trained dancers? The contestants are all celebrities yes, but I thought they were supposed to be amateur dancers.

    It was interesting too that Melanie Griffith has been wanting on that show for years and they keep turning her down. Why?

    Two who were asked this year and turned down the show were Condoleeza Rice and Ann Coulter. :) (I bet Coulter would have increased their ratings threefold.)
     
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    REALITY COMPETITIONS - Love 'em or hate 'em, they're a really big deal these days
    they are not a big deal. they are popular for right now. they have very little value. they will be a flash in the pan.


    you need to
    get out more
    often
     
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    Look at all those shows you listed.

    It's amazing that the people of America live and die for these things. They talk about the people on them like they know them, and get upset if one of their "favorites" don't win.

    Instead of actually going out and DOING SOMETHING, lazy Americans sit on their sofas and watch strangers do it instead, and call it entertainment.

    I just don't get it!
     
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    Well indeed I might need to get out more often, but 'flash in the pan?" American Idol is now wrapping up auditions for Season 10. I think Survivor is also starting its 10th or 11th year and has 20 sucessful series under its belt. Dancing with the Stars and Hells Kitchen have been going for several years now and both pull massive market share.

    Flash in the Pan? I don't see it. I see more and more trying to put together new shows in that genre.
     
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    I would LOVE to be on the Amazing Race!!
     
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    I don't know if I get it either EZ, but I do know that I get really REALLY bored with the crop of sitcoms and drama programs they're putting out these days. Every now and then I enjoy an especially good episode of "House" or "CSI" or "The Mentalist", but mostly I find my mind wandering and go find something else to do. The gratuitous course language, violence, sex, and contrived plots just become tedious and empty after awhile.

    Mr. Foxfyre and I watch very little television compared to most folks, and we are both heavily involved with family, friend, church, and volunteer activities.

    But we and several of our family and friends get a kick out of the reality shows. It's something you can watch with a group and kibitz and comment and enjoy each other while watching. And it is easy to get caught up in the pure competition aspect of it too and I appreciate the talent or effort or shrewdness or skill or creativity or ability to beat the competition each week and continue on until there is one left standing.

    I have always enjoyed friendly competition in sports, games, ability tests in music, spelling, writing, etc. etc. etc., so I guess I relate to the contestants in that way and understand that they really are competing and they really do want to win.
     
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    That's one I haven't followed Sherry, but I just checked the synopsis and yes, it looks like a lot of fun. And something I would very much have enjoyed doing when I was a bit younger. So now I'll probably have to tune in an episode or too dang it. As if I didn't have enough capturing my attention as it is. Thanks a lot. :)

    On another thread re reality shows somebody mentioned "Project Runway" and especially appreciating the skill and creativity that went into the fashions created in that competition. I had never watched, but I hunted up an episode. And I can certainly appreciate the allure for those who appreciate fashion and what goes into it.

    Our daughter, a big time big deal professional in her field, has been a survivor fan since Episode one. So when she was here for a visit we watched a couple of episodes with her and got hooked. Now wouldn't miss it. It's kind of like an escape into a fantasy world for an hour a week. You wonder if you would be able to tough out the worst they have to endure. Would you be a help or hindrance to your tribe? Would you be good at the various competitive tests they have to win? Would you be voted out early or would you be a valued member they would want to keep around for awhile? Would you be able to out maneuver your comrades without making too many enemies and win? It's fun to speculate.
     
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    I hated them, until a few months ago. I take care of a guy who watches a few, so I have gotten into the Apprentice, Hells Kitchen, and Big Brother. I thought Brett Michaels was a punk before, but I ended up being for him on Apprentice. I couldn't stand Big Brother, but now I don't miss an episode.
    And I love Gordon Ramsey.
     

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