Enough "altered" Reality TV (a pop culture rant)
Thursday, 14 December 2006 04:25

I love my Television... Thursday night is a huge night... two of my fav's... Survivor and The Office.

We're in the age where people, myself included, love Reality TV.

In the old days, it was called, "The News".

American Idol, Survivor, The Amazing Race, American Inventor, Last Comic Standing, The Real World, Making the Band, Popstars, American Chopper, Blind Date, The 5th Wheel, Temptation Island, the Bachelor, Beyond the Bull, ElimiDate, The Bachelorette, Joe Millionaire, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, Cops, Dog the Bounty Hunter, The Mole, The Apprentice... the Apprentice: Martha Stewart, Dancing with Celebrities... nice list... and about 1/8th of the shows that have been on the "Tube".

So, tonight, while watching The Office... a sitcom that is made to look like a reality television show... so, a reality tv "Spoof"... I saw a promo for the next new Reality TV Show.

This one "has it all"

Singing: a la "American Idol"

Dancing: a la "Dancing With the Stars"

Viewer Interaction: a la "American Idol", "Dancing With the Stars"

...America will vote on... wait for it...

The next cast for the Broadway musical "GREASE"

Yup. Tune into NBC in January. See some good singers and dancers, and the specifically chosen to look bad on television poor singers and dancers (William Hung meets Jerry Springer)

The Cameras have left the dirty cast-away Island and hit the bright, clean and flamboyant Broadway strip. It's become a mess. The old sitcom days are over. Seinfeld got out when the going was good. Cheers closed down in time. Friends parted company in the nick of time...people want to watch regular people, behaving badly. They want to laugh, cry, cheer and react to "the guy next door" on TV eating pig intestines.

We've become Voyeurs. Soon, celebrities will become a thing of the past. Instead of the next TV star getting his big break and moving to Hollywood, he's going to move to some small town in Alabama...the site of the next reality TV Show..."So you think you can change a truck tire and spit tobacco".

Will I watch the Grease Show? Oh, probably. But during the commercials I'll be turning to one of the Retro TV Channels to watch Frasier, Married With Children, All in the Family... but of course I'll turn back to the Grease show to see who wins... I may know him and try and get an autographed remote control to put on Ebay.

Keep it real,