Inspired by a conversation among colleagues today talking about all the Kardashian shows, it got me thinking about just how many shows on TV right now are of the “reality” variety. Originally when I heard “reality show”, I think Survivor, American Idol, and Amazing Race… competition-based shows with “real” people. While I have watched at least a couple seasons of each of those, Amazing Race is the only one that I still keep up with. (I’ve never seen an episode of The Bachelor/Bachelorette.. doesn’t interest me whatsoever)
Now, though, there are other genres of reality: the “celebreality” and the more REALity.
To me, celebreality are the shows like the Kardashians, Jersey Shore. Those revolve around not-so-famous “celebs” and turn them into a household name by following them around and seeing their skewed “reality”. While I don’t watch the show myself, my colleague mentioned that she noticed some parts of Kourtney & Kim Take New York, revolving around the break-up of Kim & Kris’ marriage, looked obviously dubbed over and reshot after the fact – thereby skewing the “reality” that they want to portray to their audience. Perhaps people watch these train-wreck shows to feel better about their own lives, but I honestly can’t think of a single celebreality show I have ever tried to watch (I might be one of the few who have never seen an episode of a Kardashian show or Jersey Shore).
The other trend, which I admittedly enjoy more of, are the REALity shows that are about real people doing their own thing. Be it hunting ghosts, bidding on storage lockers, pawning items or cleaning jam-packed houses, this trend seems to be the latest thing. There’s even a show about people who collect coupons! At least these ones have more semblance of reality than the scripted ones that try to pass themselves off as real.
There are fewer and fewer decent scripted comedies and drama shows on the air now. Flicking through the TV guide, the majority of them are some form of “reality”, otherwise it’ll be reruns or a handful of decent scripted shows.
What about you? Are you reality-TV junkies? Do you devour all of it, or are there certain ones you prefer and ones you stay away from?