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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Reality Shows

One of my friends, Back To Basics (B2B) and I were talking on the phone this evening. "Oh, I can't forget to catch that new INXS rock star show tonight," she exclaimed. We had discussed America's obsession with reality TV shows before, and she had suggested that I blog about it.

I have to admit that I originally distainfully announced that this INXS show was just about as low as TV could get. And then I turned around and watched the second episode (I missed the first one). "I'll just watch a little," I promised myself, "just so I know what I'm talking about." And I ended up enthralled. It's bad enough that I like Hell's Kitchen, now I'm watching this show. What's next? Survivor? The Real Gilligan's Island? I have never sunk that low. Yet...

It can't be healthy. I find myself talking to the TV. "You have got to be kidding," I'll say. "He isn't wearing a shirt? How lame is that? Who is he fooling?" or "Ow, her voice is awful. How did she ever qualify? C'mon you idiots, tell her to forget it..." So far I have been able to restrain from calling in my vote. I refuse to buy into it that much. But I'm tempted, sorely tempted.

36 comments:

mal said...

Well, you could go for "Survivor, Gilligans Island" followed by a 24 Hr marathon of the original "Gilligans Island"......"just sit right back and you will hear a tale........."

mal said...

BTW....like the new look *S*

Fred said...

I've given up on TV this summer. It's all blog, all the time.

back-to-basics said...

Yup, I am curious. What are you all hooked on? INXS is my reality TV addiction!

SmileDragon said...

What is INXS?

back-to-basics said...

http://www.inxs.com/

http://rockstar.msn.com/


Smilesalot, they are a rock band. Check out the websites. It is on tonight, check it out.

SmileDragon said...

I do have a few shows I watch, General Hospital and One Life to Live, and a few others like Six Feet Under. I don't usually base my evening on TV. I used to, but I have realized that I don't feel as if I have used the day to it's fullest extent if I sit in front of the TV. Also, I have DVR, which works out nicely for the soaps since I work, and it makes it easy for me to ff through to all the main points. For every hour of GH and OLTL I usually only watch about 15-20 minutes. I jump forward until I see something of interest to me.

I won't be able to watch tonight because I am going to a friends house to BBQ and play trivia. I will look for it and try and DVR it though.

SmileDragon said...

Back, thank you for the info.

back-to-basics said...

I am a GH fan too. Taped it for years. Right now GH and INXS are the only two shows I watch for the most part. I became hooked on House before summer started. Other than that I am busy with the kids and hubby.

Anonymous said...

Sauer--I wished I could watch something cool like them boys in INXS.

Darlene makes me watch those people dance the cha-cha around in their underwear and everybody says how good or awful they were.

And not one of them was even drinking as far as I could see. What kind of dancing is that?

Saur♥Kraut said...

Mallory, Thanks! It's not me, like the blue/green pic was, but I've always liked the painting and I think she conveys the spirit of the blog. As for Gilligan's Island, if I had to watch it for that long they'd have to take my shoelaces away from me...

Anonymous, I am not at all sure what you're talking about. However, you have my greatest sympathy. The only people I would ever want to see prancing about in their underwear would be Jeff Goldblum or Mel Gibson. Not together, I should add. But in your position, I wouldn't have worried about them drinking: *I* would have been drinking.

B2B ACK! You're a GH fan??? And you're a close friend of mine...I may have to arrange an intervention program for you. Although I admit I watched it for a short time myself and it was rather addicting. Along with *gulp* Beverly Hills 90210. I am ashamed to admit it.

Fred, I know where you're coming from. I watch very little TV. I went for years without a TV in my house, but ended up bowing to the others who invaded my peaceful little homelife and insisted on civilization. Now I have 3 of the hellish things to disrupt my peace wherever I go in the house.

back-to-basics said...

There will be no GH intervention. As a matter of fact, everyone in the house is asleep and I am watching it now!

However, ACK! You watched Beverly Hills 90210? And you're a good friend of mine.

mal said...

B2B...please do not tell me you were/are a Monkees fan too? AAAARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!! I can't stand it!!

dddragon said...

I was watching Hell's Kitchen out of curiosity. DH was in the other room and could hear all the *bleeping* and came in to ask "What ARE you watching?" He was pretty annoyed by it and walked away.

But the next time it came on he sat down and watched it. lol

back-to-basics said...

Mallory, I asure you I have never been a Monkees fan. I promise. And what is your TV show addiction?

Saur♥Kraut said...

B2B & Mallory, I blushingly admit that I was a Monkees fan. The Ultimate in Geekdom.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Dddragon, that is funny, because Saurkid has watched it a couple times with us. The other night he complained "Oh great, I get to hear "what the bleep are you bleepin doing?" every other sentence." I'm only glad he really said 'bleep'.

GodlessMom said...

Reality TV is kind of like WalMart. I don't particularly like it, my higher self believes I am above it but sometimes I'm like Michael Corleone...Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

mal said...

B2B, I have to confess, if I am home or on the road alone, I typically surf the web. Of late I have been getting addicted to Blogs..imagine that....one of the many changes as we have become empty nester 1's and still very active in our careers...I really do not know what is on TV....Although I have been following LeTour

mal said...

Saur,,,,its OK we all have our faults, I used to like Bobby Sherman...until I found out I was 6" taller *L*

Christopher Trottier said...

I hope reality TV dies!

R2K said...

I am not loving the inxs show, maybe because I like classic rock (what I call classic anyway) very much, and frankly think these lugs are just messing up good songs.

I dont know that an 18 year old girl from LA can handle an Rem song from 1987, etc...

These performers just dont do it the right way. They do the modern, over the top, way. Without quality, the flashy style.

Utter Chaos said...

Its Summertime, everyone knows that nothing is on t.v. during the summer. Besides you have to admit watching people make fools of themselves does have some redeeming factors. (thank god its not me)

Bill R said...

Saur, it's not the TV show that I wonder about--when do you find time to watch it? While scanning and posting to all of your blogs? Are there TWO of you?!

SmileDragon said...

I used to make fun of my friends that watched soaps! I had a friend come and stay with me for a few months, and she watched OLTL and GH and one or two others. I got hooked on GH. I can't seem to get away from it. I almost look forward to it. I know, I know, I need help.

I have watched HK a few times and I think it is hilarious how these people take his crap.

90210 was in my time, I loved it when it was on. *cringes*

Saur♥Kraut said...

Bill R Nope, not two of me, but I type 80 wpm and think fast. I also watch TV while blogging sometimes. So I multitask (I get bored easily, can you tell?) ;o)

Alex, Yeah, I admit that a lot of the time I'm staring incredulously at the screen wondering what on earth made someone think they should try that. But that's part of the fun. That and the idiot famous guitarist whatsisname who looks like a gay version of Faust and drools over every girl onstage(?) He wears more makeup than *I* do and has more furs than Elton John. I don't care how famous he is, he's a dork.

Christopher Trottier & Godless Mom, thanks for popping in. My Dr. Jekyll agrees with you. My Mr. Hyde is surfing the channels.

Utter Chaos, you got it!!!

Mallory, Bobby Sherman. Ow.

Smilesalot, Whew. You too? If reality TV is like Walmart (as Barbara says) what are soaps? ;o)

back-to-basics said...

I was so disappointed with INXS last night. They praise some really bad versions of good songs. Well, the did tell the girl that sang the REM song she did poorly. There were two singers I liked last night. The same two I liked from day one. I am not telling though. I want to see what happens

Saur♥Kraut said...

B2B me too! Half the time the kids were sitting next to me, rolling their eyes and doing the 'gag me' gesture (finger in mouth).

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

TV is bad for you.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Daniel, ain't it the truth...

SmileDragon said...

I just watched 30 Days, a great show! The same guy did Super Size Me. It comes on Wed. nights at 9 Central on FX. A great show. He puts people outside of their box and they experience things they wouln't usually experience.

Dan said...

Hah! Welcome to the pop culture...

Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

I think just because you call in your vote doesn't mean you are a part of the vacuous culture. We all have the right, after all, to be a fool for five minutes, no?:-) At least that's what Dale Carnegie, of How to Win Friends and Influence People, said.

I agree wholeheartedly...:-)

back-to-basics said...

Dan, are you saying you are hooked on a couple of these shows? No say it isn't so.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Emmanuel, you are right my friend. We all have the right to temporary weaknesses. What shows are you addicted to?

B2B, if he is, it will be hard for him to catch his faves while he's on the road! *g*

michelle said...

Yes I watch INXS again.

Better this week. I liked Jordis, Mig, Ty, and Marty this week.