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Not another reality show!!

May 28, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
In my last blog I talked about my ongoing fancy of reality shows. Remember when the only so-called “reality” shows were “Survivor,” “Road Rules,” “The Real World,” “Big Brother” and of course, “American Idol”?

Of course, there’s the “more or less” reality shows that pre-date those reality shows, such as “The People’s Court” with Judge Wapner and “Divorce Court” with Judge William Keene. Wait, those fall under courtroom drama shows... Well, Television Without Pity calls them candid reality shows.

When I was in graduate school, I wanted to do my thesis on talk shows. Of course, I couldn’t get a thesis committee, and I got “talked out” of that topic. Wouldn’t it be cool to do a thesis on reality shows? There are just so darned many of them, it shouldn’t be difficult to come up with a thesis statement or comparison study. By the way, I ended up doing my thesis on a comparison study of the three college newspapers in the Twin Ports (Duluth and Superior) — woo! I still have to get the copies bound. It’s been 11 years....Anyways....

I was watching Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” (yes, I’m a dork). There was a pro football wannabee from Minnesota in the field of 15. He went on to be cut from the lineup at the end of the eppy. Anyways, I kept seeing promos for a new reality show, “Wipeout,” which is basically has people going through an obstacle course. Mainly, it showed people falling in the mud. It seems like the summer of reality shows — “Farmer Wants A Wife,” another season of “Beauty and the Geek,” “Hopkins,” (probably about life at John Hopkins?), “Nashville Star,” a circus of the stars type show,” “The Greatest American Dog,” “The Mole,” and the list goes on and on.

OK, I’m not going to watch all of these shows, probably not any of these shows. I sort of started watching “Hell’s Kitchen” with the loveable Gordon Ramsay. That’s what I get when I flip through channels. Now I’ve started to care about the outcome.

I was asked if I checked out “The Deadliest Catch” on the Discovery Channel. Sad to say I don’t get cable, but I’ve seen a few of the shows on DVD, such as “Mythbusters,” and “Dirty Jobs.” One of my favorites I watched when I went to visit my parents (they have DSS) is “Dr. G: Medical Examiner.” It may be a little gross, but it’s cool to see how she figures out how someone died when it was under mysterious circumstances.


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