July 13, 2005
This summer really hasn't been too bad for
television, when it comes to reality TV and contest
I was one of the viewers who made "Dancing
with the Stars" the #1 show of the summer.
And yes, John O'Hurley got robbed. The positive of
"Dancing" was that there was no backstabbing,
and although everyone wanted to win, it seemed that the
stars were all supportive of one another. (Though
am I the only one who thought 'Bachelorette Trista'
should have never been included?) Presumably they
will do another season of the series -- but with whom?
I've also been (surprisingly) enjoying "The
Cut." You can call it an
"Apprentice" ripoff -- and you'd be right --
but with no Trump this summer, it's a decent
alternative. What I do like about the show that
makes it different is that the teams are hand-picked and
switched around each week...and it's not ALL about the
'weekly task'...in fact, some team members truly desert
the team to go on social outings.
"Big Brother" is like going to a
family reunion not because you really want to, but
because you want to see the family members who make the
biggest fools of themselves. And is it ever living
up to that? Would you want to live with any of
these people? And one of them is really not
making my profession look good.
But my favorite show of the summer? "Hell's
Kitchen." I'm sorry...but for some reason,
these restaurant/reality shows (see "The
Restaurant") are my favorites. And watching
these chefs get put through their paces is somehow
fun. Yes, we always like to see a train wreck.
As for new/upcoming shows:
I'm kind of enjoying "Rock Star: INXS."
Apparently not a lot of other people are in America,
judging by the ratings...but you have to remember this
is one of a very few truly worldwide shows, airing in
almost 15 countries on a same-day basis (and another 15
countries in reruns starting in November). It
appears that all of the shows will be taped (at least at
this point), with the Tuesday performance shows being
taped the Sunday before; and the Wednesday results shows
being taped the same day, about seven hours before they
I'm also looking forward to "Deal or No
Deal." It looks
See you next time.
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