“Damon believes everyone who watches Tiny & Toya and/or The T.O. Show would be better off watching an hour of the Animal Planet every week instead.” ~ A Facebook status/tweet from last week.
Dear Reality Die-Hards,
The aforementioned words surely aren’t limited to just those two shows. It rings true in my mind for most all reality television. The Animal Planet, though, is a network full of actual life being explained to enrich your mind. Conversely, there is very little enlightening about most of the ignorance peddled as reality on television these days.
Yet, trust me when I say that I’m not judging you for what you choose to watch. We live in a nation where we’re free to do what we desire to do with your time. Watching television shows served to you on the garbage can lid platter Heatcliff Huxtable showed Vanessa’s fiance is not excluded from those things.
I just wish that you would reconsider your entertainment options for the sake of television as we once knew it. You know, when there were lessons to be learned from what you watched (such as not being foolish enough to bring home a fiance your parents don’t know).
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve clearly caught my fair share of this brand of tube. There was some grand intrigue to the first few seasons of “The Real World.” I fell for the first few seasons of Big Brother as well. And watching the initial episodes of “The Flavor of Love” was like slowing down to view the aftermath of a 60-car pile-up. It was undeniable.
Now, though, I’d rather be forced to watch six straight Lifetime movies, save the Fantasia Barrino Story (she did a horrible job of playing herself), before watching an hour of 95 percent of today’s reality television.
Why? Well, it should come as no surprise that the majority of these shows aren’t even real. They’re staged and manufactured to rope you same as Jerry Springer did during the late 90s. Most are low on substance and creativity (save your American Idol-types and spin-offs. But even some of those are too gimmicky). Yet, they’re high on coonery and forced drama because the producers know we’re happy with watching car pile-ups with low production costs.
That’s a detriment to every decent-to-good television show or sitcom currently in production. Good writers and actors come with a premium price that many producers avoiding these days. More and more executives are realizing that there’s less of a gamble with a low stakes reality show that may have decent returns in the ratings. They want to win with the house’s money.
Thus, the more of you watch of Frankie & Neffie’s bojangling, the less we’ll see of decent, yet fledgling sitcoms like “The Game,” which never drew real support from its own network. At this point, though, I figure that you know most of this. And this is why I’m confused.
See, I can’t quite wrap my mind around why so many of you are so devoted to literal mindless entertainment season after season… especially when you know that producers are peddling said hogwash just to suck you in weekly. Why can’t you let a decent show like “How I Met Your Mother” or “30 Rock” watch you instead?
I understand watching a specific reality show that has a niche, a la “Top Chef.” I kinda get why some of you get caught up in Terrell Owens’ show. He is a a real life train wreck that’s been looped into our conscience for 10-plus years now thanks to ESPN. But I don’t understand why someone would watch a second of a second episode of Frankie & Neffie or Charm School.
Aren’t there other avenues of entertainment that are worthwhile, like say The History Channel? I mean, doesn’t watching these shows give you a feeling similar to the one you get while listening to the words of Soulja Boy’s latest song? I don’t know. What gives?
Can you make this make sense because I’m lost? And if you can’t, would you please find something better to watch before the term situation comedy become as archaic as the Tyrannosaurus Rex?