I watch television to escape the day to day drudgery of my life. I want to see spectacular lives in amazing situations. That is why I drift more towards science fiction and fantasy than anything else.
I am almost equally passionate about scripted and reality television series. The difference is my passion for scripted is positive while my passion for reality is negative. When a reality series offers compensation to its participants, it becomes a game show. I am not into game shows anymore. The last game show that I liked was The Price Is Right when I was a child. If more of these reality series were like Real People and That’s Incredible where there was no competition between the participants, I may be more inclined to watch them.
That does not mean that I am tired of documentary type series. I am a fan of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! hosted by Jack Palance. (Sorry Dean Cain, you just do not scare me as well as Jack did.) I like The History of Sex and most episodes of Modern Marvels on the History Channel. I like Mythbusters on Discovery. I watch series like Unwrapped And Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. I even like the various I Love the… series on VH1. I enjoyed watching The 100 Scariest Movies Moments on Bravo, and my one competition guilty pleasure, Celebrity Poker Showdown.
So take away competition from your reality series and change up the stories each week, and I would watch. I just do not like how these series are taking over television and, in some cases, wrecking havoc on other industries like music. Now, if Idol (and others like it) were shot in a bar where the singers were behind chicken wire and had to deal with cigarette smoke, possibly disgusting bathrooms, and sleazy bar managers who would only put women on the stage only after the women slept with the manager; then they would have the ability to be called idols. Sorry people who “win” on Idol, you are a pale shade of those who had to put up with the above to get anywhere. You are all too clean for my taste. Also, stop covering other artists work; write your own music and bring your own band.
Dancing celebrities who have fallen off the radar a long time ago makes me wonder what the big deal is. I mean, if they get legends like maybe Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, or Bruce Campbell to dance, and I would watch every week. Those quasi-celebrities do not excite me.
The whole Survivor series is a joke. They are not surviving while there are production personnel around. Now, put hidden cameras and microphones all over an area, dump the people into that area, give them no outside aid, and tell them they can not leave for one year for any reason; that is surviving. I mean, if a participant gets sick or hurt and leaves, too bad no money for that one. That participant did not survive without outside aid. No stupid games either.
I do not want to see celebrities real lives out of the spot light. I would rather keep the mystery of their personal lives just that, a mystery. I also do not want to watch celebrities detoxing or losing weight. I do not need to see a bunch of celebrities fighting each other while living together. The mystery of celebrity is ruined by those types of series.
Rich people who are looking for spouses on television are just milking more money out of the audience. Remember, these rich people are getting paid (and richer) to be on those shows.
There is just so much wrong about the current trend of reality series. How about more reality where we learn something of value?