I'll admit it: I'm an addict. It's a horrible habit that, after so many years, I just can't kick. It's available, it's affordable and, hey, it makes me feel good about myself. And even though it's probably damaging for me in the long run, I just can't stop. Yeah, I'm a consumer of the Kardashian culture. I watch the shows (the originals, the spin-offs and Dancing With The Stars when one is competing), I read the interviews, I follow the obnoxious tweets...
There are some reality stars that I am a little ashamed to admit that I love. I'm not talking about Spencer and Heidi or Omarosa; I actually do hate them. These are stars that I really love, but would probably lie about any day of the week (except the days I'm given a lie detector test).
•What reality show would you go on? •There's going to be another Austin Powers Movie •Still not really sure what Reese's tattoo is •The Hogan family always manages to top themselves in creepy •We're really too excited for Missoni for Target •How to dip dye your hair •Guess which city has the most romantic men
Although Downtown Girls chronicles a group of friends, Shallon Lester steals the show with her outspoken and funny personality. With a larger-than-life persona that makes Shallon seem like everyone's best friend, her energy is contagious. Who wouldn’t want to be her friend?
We all know Reality TV is less than quality. And yeah, Rock of Love (especially that bus!) and For The Love Of Ray J are ruining the world, but it's hard not to love those celebrity-based reality TV shows. Whether it's seeing how those people live or getting to know them in a different way, there's just something about those shows that keeps me, and America, coming back for more.
It looks like those New Jersey Italians aren't the only ones with prosciutto beef about MTV's latest trainwreck, Jersey Shore. Another MTV "star" has his boxers in a bunch about the newest reality series to sweep America off its feet. Yes, everyone's favorite ass-hat, Spencer Pratt, isn't so happy with all the attention those overly tanned guidos have been getting.
Last week, as I fired up the DVR to catch up on all the shows I'd missed from the week, I had a rather enlightening moment. Sorta like an Oprah "aha!" moment, only way more embarrassing. My entire DVR was taken up by reality shows. Top Chef, Project Runway, The Real Housewives, Ace of Cakes... Hell, I even had a little Real World/Road Rules Duel on there.
While flipping through the channels last night during primetime, I discovered the real reason why our favorite shows go off the air during the summer: to make way for the sh*tshow that is summer television, which leaves us begging for The Office and House come September.
Reality shows: you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Personally, I never liked “reality” television, and this summer’s lineup of shows gives me even more of a reason to stay away. The networks really seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with some of this stuff. Here’s just a handful of the trainwreck reality shows that will be gracing our TVs this season:
• Taking a trip? Take it on Southwest! • So that's why John Mayer didn't sing at the MJ memorial. • The theme of all reality shows. • Don't talk to Katie Holmes about religion! • This is definitely how I'd want to die. • Woman marries a total dog. Literally.
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