Friday, May 6, 2011

Barbie's Bunkhouse: Reality TV Talk

I was going to do my post on procrastination - since this is the 3rd week I have totally forgotten to do my post ahead of time and I'm scrambling to throw something up on the blog. (I hate when I do this). But then I thought about some of the interesting shows I've caught this week and thought that might be more fun for a Friday!

Reality TV. I've never been a fan since the original Survivor, American Idol, Big Brother era. I thought they were great when they first aired but once people really started to play the game and be nasty...I lost interest. With the exception of American Idol because there is no game to play, it's all about talent - I just cant' get past all the horrible people in the beginning. I know some folks find that entertaining, but I think it's sad that a production company would let someone make a complete idiot of themselves on national TV. I mean, they HAVE to know they suck. So do they sign a waiver agreeing to the rotten judges comments and humiliation? I just don't get it. Take me to the finals, please.

But now, so many networks have reality shows. For a while I still wasn't watching only because I was too busy writing in the evening. But that has changed (for now). And I'm hooked on all the crazy things people are doing. I've talked about my addiction to American Pickers - LOVE IT! But's all about the crazy gator huntin' Swamp People! O.M.G. I find it hard to believe that there are some down home, back woods southern folk who still make a living catching Gators 2-3 mos out of the year. 2 people in a boat, and a shot gun. And they pull the gator in with their bare hands! Holy *%&@!

Just last week Diva and I watched the premiere of The Voice. A different spin on Idol and America's Got Talent. I really like it (at least all of the contestants can sing!) because the actual artists (Blake Shelton, Christina Aguillera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine) choose 8 contestants each to be on their team. Just this week they all picked their 8 and next week the contestants compete against each other and the field gets narrowed even more and then the viewers start voting (kind of like Dancing with the stars and Idol, etc). I'm hooked already!!!

Which has got me thinking....There could totally be a writer's version (maybe for future conference fun) and it could be called "The Word" or "The Plot" or "The Novel" - and there would be 4 editors in chairs while an author reads the first 3 pages of their book. I don't know, but I think it could be fun, in a writer's mind only kind of way. Hey, they could even put Agents in the chairs for those authors who are in need of one!

So my take on Reality TV is that it has gotten better and there is more variety instead of people being locked in a house together or stranded in some remote location or racing across country looking for clues and getting on each others nerves and being nasty.

This is original, real people and what they do. I'm finding new addictions besides wine and chocolate!

What are your reality tv addictions? What show(s) will you drop everything for to sit down and watch or DVR?

Happy Mother's Day to the mom's out there and have a great weekend everyone!


Kari Lee Townsend said...

I am a HUGE reality junkie! Watching unscripted "real" people and seeing how they act in various situations fascinates me. I think it's the writer in me.

I don't watch a lot of regular TV shows, but there are some reality shows I just can't miss.

Only, my favorites are the Bachelor & Bachelorette, American Idol, Survivor, Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, and Big Brother. I can't seem to get into any spin offs or new shows and have never liked the Apprentice.

I do think a reality show based on aspiring novelists would be really cool! Hell, they've covered everything else, so why not that.

Great post, Barbie Jo!

Anita Clenney said...

I never used to watch reality TV until Survivor. We eventually stopped watching that but hubby has some favorites and I usually get pulled in too. He likes Deadliest Catch, Ax Men, Ice Road Truckers, that swamp thing you mentioned. And have you seen Larry the cable guy's show? I used to think reality shows were lame, other than Survivor :), but now I think they help people to connect and to understand a lifestyle that is different than what theirs. They broaden our horizons.

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Yeah, I'm totally hooked on Dancing with the Stars! Love to see how the celebs change from week 1 through til the end (and the professionals are just amazing). Only watched amazing race once and I never got into Big Brother. I don't care for the regular Apprentice, but I absolutely have to watch Celebrity Apprentice!

And yeah....maybe we need to contact Doug about the Aspiring Novelist Reality show! *snort* As if we all don't have enough to keep us out of trouble...let's get into TV Production!! :-)

Deadliest Catch and Ice road Truckers are others. and I think you're right, Anita, the whole draw to these shows is the fact that you're seeing into someones REAL life - this is what they DO, totally unscripted.

I love Larry the Cable Guy. He cracks me up!! We've watched his show several times but I think it conflicts now with something else and we keep forgetting to DVR.

I swear..we are worse than the kids now.

Lindsay said...

Of all the reality shows mentioned I'm glad you finally mentioned 'Dancing with the Stars' Barbie. It was the only one I'd watch, of course then I was working 3rd shift. Now on 2nd I don't get a chance.
You premise for a writers reality show actually does exist. It's call send me a query letter and synopsis or whatever the agent or editor wants. We've all done this and continue to. Oh, and then there's 'The Pitch' where we get to convince and agent and/or editor at a conference we have the greatest book and pray they ask for at least a partial.
Nope, I'll stick to Castle, Blue Bloods, both NCIS, Chase and other shows that entertain without humiliating the participants.

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Love it Lindsey! I haven't watched NCIS is forever. never seen Castle and wanted to watch Blue Bloods before it premiered and then forgot what night it was on. I do like the remake of Hawaii Five-O. Loved Human Target, too.

And you're right, the reality novelist show does exist. WE are the stars!

Lindsay said...

5-0 is sort of okay but the original was SO much better and I totally forgot about Human Target. How can't love the interplay between Chance and Mrs. Pucci.
Now all we need in a Walk of Fame.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Okay you guys already know the answer to this. Deadliest Catch is my show. Never miss. Those are my boys! I get homesick every single time and can't wait to go fishing. I actually fish with them in the summer. Those big boats tender the fish we catch and off load them to the canneries. When Discovery does a DC marathon, my day is sunk. I cried when Phil died. It was like losing a member of the family.

Lindsay said...

I can't believe I forgot this reality show. Where a 200 lb.+/- man takes on a 2000 lb bull. Of course the event might, if the man is luck, last the FULL, no not a book, 8 seconds.
Professional Bull Riding. The original extreme sport.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Awww Tiffinie...that makes me want to watch Deadliest Catch all over again. Love that show!!!

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

I love those guys too Tiffinie! I think Kari and I need a road trip/writer's getaway to Alaska!! Yaay!!! Now THAT would be a freaking riot!

Lindsey, I wasn't keen on Mrs. Pucci, but she grew on me by the end of the season (I think she became more human). I love the supporting cast, they are fabulous! And I've NEVER seen professional bull riding either live or on TV. I do agree the original 5-O was the best.

Hmm...where shall our Walk of Fame be?

Lindsay said...

Not New York City.

Liz Lipperman said...

I love The Voice, too. I watch American Idol (did you hear Hailey sing The House of the Rising Sun this week??? OMG! I immediately downloaded it.)The Biggest Loser (I'm getting ticked off at them because they keep doing stuff that is so counterproductive to helping those people lose weight. Plus, they bring back people who were already kicked off the island. (How fair is that??)One year the girl came back and actually won.

Anyway, for book 3 I have been researching the cooking contests..and another OMG! Talk about getting hooked.

I love your idea of a writer's reality show. Each editor could say WHY they were passing if they did and how the author could make it better. Of course, the way publishers handle submissions nowadays, the show would go on for MONTHS before the contestant ever heard anything!! Boring!!

Lindsay said...

And the agents and editors can't use the typical canned responses we get.
Food Network has some good cooking contests