QUIBBLES & BITS
I like reality shows. One of the reasons I like them is because watching them gives me a chance to catch up on my reading. If I’m watching a convoluted drama, I have to focus, pay attention.
Another reason I like reality shows is because 15 years ago I wrote a story called THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN BEAUTY PAGEANT and it was about a TV reality show [cue Twilight Zone music].
There are many (many) reality shows. I can’t watch them all, nor would I want to. And to be honest, "reality show" is a misnomer since most are taped. You could say Jeopardy is a reality show.
I watch than one.
I watch American Idol, too. I’m not sure why. American Idol isn’t about singing. It’s about the cheesy, guilty pleasure one gets from watching bad singing. The show starts out every year encouraging viewers to laugh at all of the really bad singers who audition.
A website called VotefortheWorst.com encourages viewers to have fun with — and embrace — American Idol’s suckiness by voting for the less talented contestants. Who did they choose last year? A grey-haired guy named…what was his name again? Oh, yeah. Taylor Hicks.
I like to watch So You Think You Can Dance, which I find mesmerizing. But I don’t watch Dancing With The Stars, which I find boring (and sometimes kind of embarrassing a’la Jerry Springer).
This summer I watched "Rock Star with the band formerly known as Super Nova."
Last year it was "Rock Star: INXS." Last year it was innovative, fun, and they invoked a real sense of suspense.
This year’s winner was a Marlon Brando look-alike (albeit shorter) kid with skunk hair — a Canadian named Lucas Rossi. No suspense. He was destined to win from Week One. Still, the show was worth watching because of the House Band and because of the "losers," Magni and Storm. [And, to be honest, I enjoyed watching Lucas’s eyebrows form twin peaks above his sunglasses.]
They’ve announced that there will be a Rock Star III, but I don’t think they’ve picked a group yet [rumours say it’s Van Halen], so here’s my Fifty Cents:
Rock Star: The Mamas and the Papas
Rock Star: The Supremes [it would be fun watching a guy try to win that one]
And, based on this season, ROCK STAR: Willy Vanilly
If you watch reality shows, which ones do you like? Jeopardy counts. Recently, Lou Byard, author of the mystery novel Pale Blue Eyes, appeared on Jeopardy. As Meredith Vieira would say, "He did great."
Speaking of reality… here’s my Quote of the Week:
President Bush said: "Freedom, by its nature, cannot be imposed. It must be chosen."
Next week I’ll be going walkabout, visiting the midwest (is Wisconsin, Chicago and Indiana still considered the midwest?) and my guest blogger will be the always-fun Gordon Aalborg — and boy, does he have a lot to say 🙂
Over and Out,